- Editie: Kindle-editie
- Bestandsgrootte: 820 KB
- Printlengte: 113 pagina's
- Aantal pagina's van bron-ISBN: 1492808350
- Uitgever: Penguin; New Ed editie (5 juli 2001)
- Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Taal: Engels
- ASIN: B002RI9DHE
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"The Sign of the Four" is the second "Sherlock Holmes" novel, the first being "A Study in Scarlet". This novel was published in 1890, during the Victorian Era. It is a good example of both of a Sherlock Holmes novel, and Victorian Literature. The novel is of medium length. Many Victorian novels are quite lengthy compared to many modern American popular novels. The language is somewhat formal and proper, especially when individuals such as Holmes and Watson are speaking. The is no vulgarity. The story was authored during the time of British Colonialism and some references may seem ethnically insensitive.
"The Sign of the Four" and "A Study in Scarlet" are both good novels and I liked both of them about the same. Both involve a back stories from other countries. The back story takes up a good bit of the time of both novels. It also makes both novels somewhat unlikely stories, but of course, this is fiction! At times both of these stories are somewhat convoluted. But in the end they are both fairly readable and comprehendable.
As a retired detective who enjoys Victorian Literature, Sherlock Holmes is certainly one of favorite fictional detectives.. I enjoy some of his leaps of logic, although for me many of them fall into the category of "possiblity" rather than "probability" as far as I am concerned. Of course Sherlock Holmes is almost always correct.
During my career, I had to rework numerous cases, "cold cases" and others that were generally screwed up messes. When I worked these cases, what I found was that often police officers would sometimes make such leaps of logic and then assume these leaps are correct. When cases go nowhere, as often as not I found it was because these leaps were incorrect.
In summary, I liked this novel very much. At times the story was somewhat convoluted but was still enjoyable. In the near future I intend to continue my study of Sherlock Holmes stories, the next being "A Scandal in Bohemia". Thank You...
A Public Domain Book
Publication date: May 12, 2012
THE SIGN OF THE FOUR has been one of my two favorite Sherlock Holmes books since I was a child. What red-blooded American boy or girl for that matter wouldn't like an adventure and mystery tale of stolen treasure; India during the mutiny; strange, exotic characters invading a stately home of England in search of the treasure stolen from the thieves by double dealing "gentlemen" ; murder and more. The only thing I didn't like was the ultimate fate of the treasure. As an adult, I understand that this enabled Dr. Watson to find an even greater treasure but....
This young woman will become a very rich lady if her fortune is recovered. Then the new found riches certainly would have deterred Dr Watson from declaring his love. Then the key to the treasure box is lost and so by this mysterious incident and accident, Dr Watson gains a true love out of a mere trifle while Holmes has to bear with a boring life again.
Peter Ackroyd's introduction is very brief for a Penguin introduction but very concise. A good read!
The years since it was first published haven't diminished the power of the mystery, the personalities of Holmes and Watson (or indeed of London) or Conan Doyle's lively writing style. It remains a great adventure, enormously fun (even with the more awkward passages that appear within the context of its 19th Century origins) and of course a wonderful example of the appeal of the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes.