Ever since I was a child Sherlock Holmes was part of my life. My dad has always been a fan and I remember the first time he travelled to London he brought me a magnet of 221B Baker St. I was very young and I hadn’t read Conan Doyle. My first reading came one summer. We were at an aunt’s sister’s beach house and I found a Sherlock Holmes anthology in my room. I started reading and couldn’t stop.
When we got back from vacation I told my dad and he lent me his copy of a Study in Scarlet. Oh, how was my young mind blown…!
Ever since, Sherlock Holmes has always been with me. But I had never read the canon in English. So I chose to read it for the prompt A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction for the Back to Classics 2018 challenge. I knew it would take me a while; I also didn’t want to rush it. And to achieve my goal I read and I also listened to the audiobook read by Stephen Fry.
I’m not sure when was the last time I read a Holmes’s story… It probably was more than ten years ago. And it made me so happy to have him back in my life. Stephen Fry’s performance is outstanding. I actually found myself listening to his voice whenever I was reading from my book (and not listening to the audiobook).
The canon of Sherlock Holmes includes 56 short stories and 4 novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
The four novels of the canon are:
- A Study in Scarlet (1887)
- The Sign of the Four (1890)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901–1902)
- The Valley of Fear (1914–1915)
The 56 short stories of the canon are collected in five books:
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
- His Last Bow (1917)
- The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)
I must say that the US version you can find in Audible doesn’t include The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes… it has to do with copyrights, because they’re not free in America yet. But you can get it from the Australian store (as I did).
Of course, there are better stories than others… I mean, the audiobook is almost 72 hours… but I would recommend reading all of them. One story here, one novel there… from year to year.
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