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A Double Barrelled Detective Story

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  491 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Mark Twain is at his irreverent best with this hilarious parody of the 19th-century mystery - two seemingly unrelated narratives are spliced together, the author interjects himself as a character, and Twain even provides literary criticism of himself midway in the text. A Double-Barreled Detective Story is a delightful spoof of the mystery genre, then in its infancy, intro ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published December 5th 2002 by Fredonia Books (NL) (first published 1902)
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Simona Bartolotta
It's incredible the perverse kind of delight we experience in seeing our heroes outsmarted. Even when it's Sherlock Homes.
The story wasn't great, but it surely was new. And whatever he writes, Twain is always so adorable, it's not really possible to resist him.
Uno de los pastiches sherlockianos más conocidos es el escrito por Mark Twain, ‘A Double-Barrelled Detective Story’ (1902). Sin embargo, es uno de los que menos gustan a los aficionados holmesianos, ya que el relato largo o novela corta de Twain es una sátira mordaz de y contra el Gran Detective. Aunque también puede ser visto como un homenaje a Arthur Conan Doyle, como bien nos relata el también escritor y mitógrafo creativo Alberto López Aroca en su estupenda introducción. Y es que ‘Sherlock H ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans that have a sense of humor
As someone that has read all of the Sherlock Holmes canon, I was doubtful that I would like a parody in which Holmes is described in the following manner: "Anybody that knows him the way I do knows he can't detect a crime except where he plans it all out beforehand and arranges the clues and hires some fellow to commit it according to instructions." But I freely admit, despite my love of the fictional detective, this subversion was equally enjoyable.
I did not enjoyed reading this book at all. I felt the story was poorly written. The humor I was hoping for in this satirical take on detective stories was nowhere to be found. There were a scene or two which made me laugh but the rest was all confusing and felt incredibly lame, even for a story that is trying to poke fun at the world renowned detective from Baker Street.
özlem Ersoy Karka
Sherlock ayrıntısı çok iyiydi. Mark abi, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'u "verarschen" yapmış yahu, iyiydi. Bu kelimeyle ifade edebildim ancak kafamdaki düşünceleri. Bkz. Herhangi Almanca- Türkçe Sözlük .
May 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rather confusing story, a little hard to follow at times. As to the plot, dark and not well put together (if I can say that of Mark Twain). His representation of Sherlock Holmes was disgrace to his name. Holmes would never have acted in the way he did -stuttering and unsure of himself "He opened his mouth to speak; the words did not come freely. "This--er--this is insanity--this--"", going completely off course in his guess of the villain, and quite frankly, I thought that any moment the author ...more
There have been countless Sherlock Holmes parodies, but Mark Twain was perhaps the first. That is, if you can call A DOUBLE BARRELLED DETECTIVE STORY a parody. Personally, I'm not so sure. Holmes appears only briefly in this novella, to bungle the murder investigation and accuse the wrong man of the crime. It's well-known that Twain disdained Doyle's SHERLOCK HOLMES stories, and this novella was apparently Twain's attempt to flip the Great Detective the bird. Regardless, it's still lame.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Twain doing a Sherlock Holmes story. Not his best work, but respectable. This Holmes is not exactly Doyle's Holmes.

Worth a look as it's in the public domain.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siempre es agradable leer una historia de estas características, pero en este caso hay que aplaudir una edición especialmente cuidada.

Esta historia corresponde a un relato de Mark Twain, no de Arthur Conan Doyle, con una clara intención de mofa hacia la figura del detective por parte del creador de Tom Sawyer.

Por este motivo, se agradece tanto el trabajado prólogo como las notas finales, que sitúan al lector al respecto de una historia desconcertante.
Shahjahan Shourov
can't say one of the best strokes from Mr. Twain, nor from Sherlock as well.
The complimentary one's too much predictable as hell.
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
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