Dickens bores us readers to death by describing everything down to the smallest detail, leading me to DNF amid the third chapter at which point distur...moreDickens bores us readers to death by describing everything down to the smallest detail, leading me to DNF amid the third chapter at which point disturbingly little had had taken place.(less)
Before reading this, my first reading of the Arthur Conan Doyle originals, my first encounter with Sherlock Holmes was CSI's Who Shot Sherlock episode...moreBefore reading this, my first reading of the Arthur Conan Doyle originals, my first encounter with Sherlock Holmes was CSI's Who Shot Sherlock episode. Since then I've enjoyed the likes of Mr. Patrick Jane of The Mentalist, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock (BBC) and Johnny Lee Miller's Elementary. I'd also argue there's a bit of Holmes in Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory as well. Those adaptations far surpassed the original. Sherlock in particular, provides the closest modern interpretation of the original text and was far more enjoyable.
There's no question: Holmes is an arrogant ass, but where current interpretations have differed and improved is by providing other sympathetic characters and a sense of adventure and fun to balance out the insufferable Holmes' ego. Without those here, I was tempted to reach into the book and throttle Mr. I'm Better Than Everyone Else.
Part I managed to hold my attention, the beginning of which was very intriguing, but Part II saw me confused by the change of scenery and characters, and felt overly long for the information it was conveying. The portrayal of Mormonism left me uncomfortable. Since I'm not very familiar with their way of life I'm unable to comment on it's veracity here, though my gut says it's an unfavourable, extremist and sensational portrayal you might come across in the media when detailing a crime(s) in those communities, similar to those described in The Chosen One.
Another complaint I have applies to the plot itself. I've become accustomed to playing along in solving the mystery alongside the investigators while reading or watching crime and I was unable to do this here. Sherlock alone spots clues and keeps them all to himself until his big reveal -that's the one major downside to reading Watson's POV.
Despite finding A Study in Scarlet a disappointing venture, I think I'll continue to read more of the originals hoping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's supposed talent developed into providing a more engaging read.
THERE ARE VITAMINS IN CHOCOLATE! According to Mrs Gloop. I wish. It's a shame the real Wonka Bars aren't infused with the A-Z vitamins mentioned in th...moreTHERE ARE VITAMINS IN CHOCOLATE! According to Mrs Gloop. I wish. It's a shame the real Wonka Bars aren't infused with the A-Z vitamins mentioned in the book. Mmm, those bars were nice.
Far more entertaining than I expected it to be and I enjoyed the little details not covered in the movie adaptations.
Loved the social commentary in the Oompa Loompa songs.
On spoiled children [p127]:
For though she's spoiled, and dreadfully so, A girl can't spoil herself, you know. Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed? Who pandered to her every need? Who turned her into such a brat? Who are the culprits? Who did that? Alas! You needn't look so far To find out who these sinners are. They are (and this is very sad) Her loving parents, MUM and DAD.
And the commentary on TV [p146-7]:
IT ROTS THE SENSES IN THE HEAD! IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD! IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND! IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND! HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE! HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE! HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES! "All right!" you'll cry. "All right!" you'll say, "But if we take the set away, What shall we do to entertain Our darling children! Please explain!" We'll answer this by asking you, "What used they keep themselves contented Before this monster was invented?" Have you forgotten don't you know? We'll say it very loud and slow: THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ, AND READ and READ, and then proceed TO READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks! One half their lives was reading books! The nursery shelved held books galore! Books cluttered up the nursery floor! And in the bedroom, by the bed, More books were waiting to be read!
It took me by surprise how much I loved this classic and how eerily relevant and applicable it is considering today's politics, Britain's in particula...moreIt took me by surprise how much I loved this classic and how eerily relevant and applicable it is considering today's politics, Britain's in particular. The Arab Spring is also a good example of a modern day Animal Farm.(less)