The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family's home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted. Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead and the footprints of a giant hound have been f...

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Title:The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author:Arthur Conan Doyle
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ISBN:0451528018
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages

The Hound of the Baskervilles Reviews

  • Doug Cannon
    Feb 13, 2008

    My Grandpa Cannon loved this story, and he often told of a time when he went to see a "picture show" about the Hound of the Baskervilles. "It scared the willies out of me," he said, and then he and his friend had to part ways as my grandpa rode his bicycle home in the dark.

    He was thinking about this devil-hound, and then he heard something panting behind him. He pedaled faster and faster, but the panting only got faster and faster too. Then, it was harder and harder to pedal, and his bike was go

    My Grandpa Cannon loved this story, and he often told of a time when he went to see a "picture show" about the Hound of the Baskervilles. "It scared the willies out of me," he said, and then he and his friend had to part ways as my grandpa rode his bicycle home in the dark.

    He was thinking about this devil-hound, and then he heard something panting behind him. He pedaled faster and faster, but the panting only got faster and faster too. Then, it was harder and harder to pedal, and his bike was going slower and slower. Just when he thought for sure he was doomed to die and the hound would get him, his bike stopped, the panting stopped, and he found that his back wheel had a flat tire. A flap of rubber had made the panting sound as the air was being released.

    That has nothing to do with this story, except that it is the reason I read the book. Good book too! Almost as good a story as my grandpa's.

  • Brad
    Mar 27, 2008

    The ultimate tale of the ultimate Victorian hero,

    is a true masterpiece of the mystery genre, and quite possibly remains the finest mystery novel ever produced -- even if its first appearance was serialized in

    .

    's unforgettable hero Sherlock Holmes matches his wits against what appears to be a centuries old curse and the ghostly hound that exacts vengeance on the Baskerville ancestors for Sir Hugo Baskerville's sadistic misdeeds

    The ultimate tale of the ultimate Victorian hero,

    is a true masterpiece of the mystery genre, and quite possibly remains the finest mystery novel ever produced -- even if its first appearance was serialized in

    .

    's unforgettable hero Sherlock Holmes matches his wits against what appears to be a centuries old curse and the ghostly hound that exacts vengeance on the Baskerville ancestors for Sir Hugo Baskerville's sadistic misdeeds in the time of Oliver Cromwell.

    Of course, (I will try not to spoil it for anyone) the curse turns out to be a classic Victorian crime motivated by money and perpetrated with the application of science to prey on the superstitious nature of a people still getting used to the Industrial Revolution. Classic Victorian crime, indeed. But also classic Holmes.

    And this is the best of Holmes.

    The action is taut and well drawn, the mystery is compelling, Dr. Watson has a brief spell as the star while Holmes does some hidden work in the moors, the villain is an arrogant cad, and the supporting characters, from the unfortunate escaped convict, Bruce Seldon, to the suspicious Barrymores, round out the perfect population of Victorian archetypes (but it must be remembered that while these archetypes may seem cliche to us today, they would have been fresh and new when Doyle put pen to paper).

    There may be better Holmes short stories (I'll always be partial to "A Scandal in Bohemia" and the lovely Irene Adler), but none of the Holmes stories can compete with

    ' breadth and scope. It is the mystery book that all mystery writers aspire to match for greatness, and the mystery book that all mystery readers must read if they are to call themselves fans of the genre.

    But let me put genre aside for a second and just say this:

    is a great mystery novel, yes. But it is also a great novel. One of the best ever written. Period.

  • Apatt
    Aug 29, 2011

    Well, Watson never said that, though I can imagine Martin Freeman’s rendition of Watson on Sherlock saying it or something similar.

    For Holmes is indeed one condescending bastard, and Watson is far too tolerant.

    is probably the only Sherlock Holmes book that can stand independently outside of the rest of the Holmes canon. People often don’t always think of it as a “Sherlock Holmes book”, but as a thrilling and scary novel in and of itself, regardless of who the hero is.

    In this, his most famous adventure, Sherlock Holmes is requested by Sir Henry Baskervilles, the current heir to the wealthy Baskervilles estate, to investigate the mysterious death of his uncle Sir Charles Baskervilles who apparently died of fright. More importantly, Sir Henry’s own life is at risk from the same possibly supernatural agency.

    Sherlock is all “You ain't nothin' but a hound dog

    cryin' all the time”, gyrating his hips like a demented pop icon, accompanied by his violin of course.*

    Arthur Conan Doyle has really outdone himself with

    , I have read quite a few of his books and this is the most superbly crafted; from the mystifying setup, the “red herring”, the shadowy figure who manages to elude even Holmes on several occasions and the horrifying climax. I love the business with walking stick in the first chapter and the stolen boots. Watson gets to do quite a lot of sleuthing in this one while Holmes is

    absent. There are three substantial chapters worth of Watson’s solo adventure, well done, doc! Watson is clearly no fool and he does not embarrass himself at any point, in spite of Holmes’ efforts.

    There are some problematical elements in this book. The female characters are all useless and even harmful through their lack of agency. The subplot with the escaped murderous convict is a bit dodgy.

    Still, the climax is definitely rousing, and Holmes finds out “who let the dog out” almost too late, but then with “almost” being the operative word it’s all OK.

    is great stuff of course, but–honestly-who hasn’t read it or seen some kind of adaptation? It’s elementary.

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    * It’s in the book, I wrote it in with a Sharpie.

    • Audio book credit: Mostly read in

    format, magnificently narrated – gratis! - by David Clarke. Thank you!

    Yay! He said The Word! \(^▽^)/

    Poor John! Dump him for Poirot! (though he’d need a time machine for that).

    LOL! That’s some kinky shit from Dr. Mortimer, Sir Henry’s pal.

    Favourite

    , Christopher Lee as hapless (not hooray) Henry!

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  • Nandakishore Varma
    Sep 23, 2011

    This story is an institution from my childhood. I first heard it as a child; my mother told it to me as a bedtime story (yes, my mom is like that). I was creeped out totally - and continued to be so while I read the story in umpteen plagiarised translations (where the hound was changed to all kinds of animal including a monkey) and finally in the original. I even saw two movie adaptations, one in Malayalam (

    - bad) and one in Hindi (

    - good).

    If you are a mystery buff and

    This story is an institution from my childhood. I first heard it as a child; my mother told it to me as a bedtime story (yes, my mom is like that). I was creeped out totally - and continued to be so while I read the story in umpteen plagiarised translations (where the hound was changed to all kinds of animal including a monkey) and finally in the original. I even saw two movie adaptations, one in Malayalam (

    - bad) and one in Hindi (

    - good).

    If you are a mystery buff and don't know the story of this one, then most probably you are not living on this planet! "The Hound of Hell" terrorises the Baskerville family, a curse visited on them because of a womanising ancestor who sold his soul to the devil to abduct a woman. The hound is apparently bent on killing all the members of the family. It is left to Holmes to battle the forces of darkness and save Sir Henry Baskerville, the last of the line.

    As mysteries go, this is not your classical whodunit, but it is an eerily suspenseful story which will keep you glued to the page. And I found the concept of the hound genuinely frightening - apparently Conan Doyle based this on a real Dartmoor legend.

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    I had the chance to visit Dartmoor and enjoy its wild beauty in 2009: also visit the house where Conan Doyle stayed while writing this book, which is now a museum.

  • Emily May
    Aug 15, 2012

    It's hard to believe that I've never read Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes tale until now. I don't even know why I've been putting this off, the short stories that I've read about the well-known detective and his sidekick Dr Watson were pretty good but this little novel has remained on my "to read" list for years. And I found

    a really enjoyable little story, at times very creepy and at others balanced out with humour. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, e

    It's hard to believe that I've never read Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes tale until now. I don't even know why I've been putting this off, the short stories that I've read about the well-known detective and his sidekick Dr Watson were pretty good but this little novel has remained on my "to read" list for years. And I found

    a really enjoyable little story, at times very creepy and at others balanced out with humour. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, even when I thought I knew the answer there were numerous niggling doubts in the back of my mind. The challenge that Holmes and Watson face here is quite different from any of their other cases: a mystery that straddles the line between this world and the possibility of the supernatural.

    There is an old legend of the Baskervilles, that they are tainted by a centuries-old curse. The curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles, a spectral hell hound that chases down members of the family if they should venture out upon the moors at night and brings about their early demise. Many believe it is fairy tale nonsense, but what then is the explanation for the misfortune of the Baskerville family members? And what is that piercing howl that can be heard across the dark, misty moors at night? When the doctor of the late Charles Baskerville pays Sherlock Holmes a visit, both Holmes and Watson get pulled into something very old and dangerous, even the level-headed Sherlock Holmes begins to question whether his most recent villain is even of this world.

    So, this is a very creepy book. The image of the old, haunted mansion used in many horror stories seems rather overdone today but Doyle's example of this still works all these years after the book's publication. The atmosphere created by setting this mystery miles from civilisation and out on some creepy moors is highly effective, that kind of setting can make anyone start to believe in ghosts. This tale is told through the discovery of secrets that are hidden away in the house's very corridors and come out to play at night, red herrings are thrown in and everyone has a secret - it's hard not to be caught up in the creepiness and tension.

    Also, I know some people hate Sherlock Holmes' holier-than-thou attitude but I find him amusing. Same with Poirot and other characters who don't know how to be wrong, their arrogance will make you roll your eyes but I cheer for them too. I always want to congratulate authors who can take a somewhat insufferable character and turn them into someone everyone wants to succeed, there's something more challenging and more interesting with that, rather than just someone who is inoffensive to everyone but one-dimensional. Anyway, I really liked this and I think most mystery fans will too.

  • Duane
    Feb 01, 2014

    I think this is my favorite Arthur Conan Doyle story. What a combination; you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, with the setting on a dark English moor. I've never seen an English moor but I've experienced them through the great books I've read. I've imagined Catherine stalking the moor in Wuthering Heights searching for her beloved Heathcliff. I've been with Jane Eyre on Marsh Glen when she heard the cry of Jane! Jane! Jane! from her forlorn Mr. Rochester, and I've fel

    I think this is my favorite Arthur Conan Doyle story. What a combination; you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, with the setting on a dark English moor. I've never seen an English moor but I've experienced them through the great books I've read. I've imagined Catherine stalking the moor in Wuthering Heights searching for her beloved Heathcliff. I've been with Jane Eyre on Marsh Glen when she heard the cry of Jane! Jane! Jane! from her forlorn Mr. Rochester, and I've felt the terror of being on Dartmoor at night with the howling of a demon hound close by. This is a great story and if you only read one Sherlock Holmes, this should be the one.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    May 19, 2014

    4.5 stars. Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best, Dr. Watson is his devoted self and manages to actually be helpful, and the mystery is a solid one, with a gothic feel to it. And the Baskerville Hound is truly creepy.

    Holmes and Watson are visited one morning by a Dr. Mortimer, who explains the legend of the supernatural hound who haunts the Baskerville family. Many years ago, Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local maiden, who escaped from his manor and ran off into the moors. When H

    4.5 stars. Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best, Dr. Watson is his devoted self and manages to actually be helpful, and the mystery is a solid one, with a gothic feel to it. And the Baskerville Hound is truly creepy.

    Holmes and Watson are visited one morning by a Dr. Mortimer, who explains the legend of the supernatural hound who haunts the Baskerville family. Many years ago, Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local maiden, who escaped from his manor and ran off into the moors. When Hugo tried to chase her down, a great black beast "tore the throat out of Hugo" and "turned its blazing eyes and dripping jaws" upon his friends, who rode off screaming. Says the old manuscript Dr. Mortimer reads to Holmes and Watson:

    Now it seems the Hound has arisen again: Sir Charles Baskerville, a kindly older gentleman, recently died of a heart attack while running away from something that apparently terrorized him, and Dr. Mortimer reports that near him were the footprints of a gigantic hound.

    Sir Charles' heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, returns from Canada to take possession of the Baskerville estate. But a mysterious warning is left for Sir Henry:

    Also, some of Sir Henry's possessions disappear, and a sinister man is seen following him. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to get involved to try to protect Sir Henry from the fate that overtook his relative. Holmes, making excuses, sends Watson off to be Sir Henry's bodyguard. Off they go to the Baskerville estate on the lonely moor, where not only the Hound and, perhaps, a murderer, but also perils like a dangerous and crazed escaped convict and a quicksand-like bog await them. All in a day's fun!

    I think the mystery in this book is a better one than those in the prior Sherlock Holmes novels,

    and

    . The women characters are a bit helpless (Victorian times and all), but

    avoids the major racial and religious slurs and the lengthy (and tedious) flashbacks that diminish those books.

    If you want a good example of a Sherlock Holmes novel, I recommend you skip the first two and go straight for this one, unless you're a Sherlock completist.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Dec 27, 2015

    Sadly I don't remember much about this one, except for the fact that the setting is very important and that it is an intense mystery. I read it for school three years ago. Crazy I don't even remember fragments of the story because I recall we did a long and mentally painful paper on it.

    Murder... wife... not really a dog... Baah, what am I even saying. It's a blank.

  • Moraes the Bookworm
    Dec 28, 2015

    Despite it being Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes story, it took some time for me to find it hidden in the dark corners of secondary school's library. After finishing this book, I felt a little guilty about never having bothered reading Doyle's tales about Holmes before, because I found The Hound of the Baskervilles a really enjoyable story; to be honest, I was frustrated when I finished the book because I wish the story could have lasted longer. Most of it was very creepy, but sometimes it g

    Despite it being Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes story, it took some time for me to find it hidden in the dark corners of secondary school's library. After finishing this book, I felt a little guilty about never having bothered reading Doyle's tales about Holmes before, because I found The Hound of the Baskervilles a really enjoyable story; to be honest, I was frustrated when I finished the book because I wish the story could have lasted longer. Most of it was very creepy, but sometimes it got balanced out with the right amounts of humor.

    The mysterious atmosphere kept me hooked until the very end; even when I thought I knew the answer for all riddles, there were always a bunch of distressful doubts in the back of my mind. The thing that made this story a little bit more appealing for me is that all the clues lead Holmes and Watson to think that,

    ; for the first time they have to consider the possibility that there could be some supernatural factor involved.

    From the start, we are introduced to an old legend of the Baskerville family. According to legend, they are under the influence of a centuries-old curse: the curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles. Such curse makes a ghostly figure, described as

    to chase down any member of the family that dares to wander about at the moors near the Baskervilles residence, at night, bringing about their early death. Most people believe it's all a bunch of old stories to scare children, but none can provide any rational explanation to the succession of obscure deaths of Baskervilles over the centuries. Besides, many have reported, over the years, about hearing a distinguishing howl across the moors, always at night.

    When yet another Baskerville dies mysteriously, his doctor pays Holmes a visit at their office; soon enough, him and Watson travel to the old Baskerville mansion and get pulled into a situation so old and dangerous that even them can't understand it entirely. Little by little the lack of evidence that could lead to a rational explanation to recent events leads Holmes to question whether the responsible for them is even from our world.

    As the tale unfolds, secrets are revealed and more and more we get the feeling that no one can be trusted; Doyle does a very good job of uncovering the dark sides of every character, even those that might pass as insignificant, like the servants on the mansion. Soon enough, you find yourself caught up in all the tension and general feeling of uneasiness. Anyway, I really liked this and I think most mystery fans would too.

  • Nayra.Hassan
    Feb 26, 2016

    هولمز :"لم اجرؤ على رميه بالرصاص..فقد كان أعزل لا يحمل سلاحا..والمسدس كان لحمايتي لا لقتله "اذن

    نعم هذه الرواية تنتمي لعصر النبلاء ..ولكن ..انتظر .. ليس لهذا الحد ..فالمرء قد يفعل الكثير من أجل الميراث..

    افضل وأطول روايات شيرلوك هولمز ..و أكثرها تشويقا..استغرقت منه شهرا كاملا لحلها..وهي إهانة كبيرة له.. تحكي عن وحش في صورة كلب عملاق ..يتحكم تماما في احدى مقاطعات الريف الانجليزي .. فما سر هذه اللعنة المتوارثة؟؟

    قراتها كاملة في ترجمة قديمة منذ الثلاثينات..من سور الازبكية طبعا...ثم في ترجمة د احمد..

    ا

    هولمز :"لم اجرؤ على رميه بالرصاص..فقد كان أعزل لا يحمل سلاحا..والمسدس كان لحمايتي لا لقتله "اذن

    نعم هذه الرواية تنتمي لعصر النبلاء ..ولكن ..انتظر .. ليس لهذا الحد ..فالمرء قد يفعل الكثير من أجل الميراث..

    افضل وأطول روايات شيرلوك هولمز ..و أكثرها تشويقا..استغرقت منه شهرا كاملا لحلها..وهي إهانة كبيرة له.. تحكي عن وحش في صورة كلب عملاق ..يتحكم تماما في احدى مقاطعات الريف الانجليزي .. فما سر هذه اللعنة المتوارثة؟؟

    قراتها كاملة في ترجمة قديمة منذ الثلاثينات..من سور الازبكية طبعا...ثم في ترجمة د احمد..

    اعشق ارثر كونان مع هولمز وبدونه..واعتبره الاب الروحي لكل ما نقرأه حاليا

    ..وبغض النظر على انتماؤه للبوب أرت. .او الادب الشعبي..او الخيال العلمي..فقد كان مفيدا وممتعا معا..والطريف ان امي وجدي احبوه ايضا..!!!أليس هذا هو النجاح؟؟