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Mar 24, 2013 Amy Sturgis rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dakin's story-by-story analysis of Arthur Conan Doyle's canon, even when I disagreed with Dakin's conclusions. His interpretations are always thoughtfully argued, and he raises fascinating points to consider about the works and the larger portrait they provide of the Great Detective. Dakin plays The Game, and thus he treats Holmes and Watson as real historical people (and Conan Doyle as the Literary Agent); this both amuses/entertains and fails to get in the way of ...more
I bought this book way back in the seventies, and has found it a source for enlightenment and entertainment ever since. The Chronology and the notes to all the stories of the Canon has served as my benchmark for everys sherlockian publication ever since. Dakin's main weaknesses are his insistance on treating Holmes as an historical person (called Playing the Game in sherlockian tribe-language) and his unwillingness to include some of the weaker stories of The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes in the ...more