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The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1986


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics; Deluxe edition (Oct. 1 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553328255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553328257
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.8 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14 2006
Format: Paperback
Roman society was enamoured of Greek culture -- many of the best 'Roman' things were Greek; the major gods were derivative of the Greek pantheon; philosophy, literature, science, political ideals, architecture -- all this was adopted from the Greeks. It makes sense that, at the point of their ascendancy in the world, they would long for an epic history similar to the Homeric legends; the Iliad and the Odyssey, written some 500 years after the actual events they depict, tell of the heroism of the Greeks in their battle against Troy (Ilium). The Aeneid, written by Vergil 700 years after Homer, at the commission of Augustus (himself in the process of consolidating his authority over Rome), turns the heroic victory of the much-admired Greeks on its head by postulating a survivor from Troy, Aeneas, who undergoes as journey akin to the Odyssey, even further afield.
Vergil constructs Aeneas, a very minor character in the Iliad, as the princely survivor and pilgrim from Troy, on a journey through the Mediterranean in search of a new home. According to Fitzgerald, who wrote a brief postscript to the poem, Vergil created a Homeric hero set in a Homeric age, purposefully following the Iliad and Odyssey as if they were formula, in the way that many a Hollywood director follows the formulaic pattern of past successful films. Vergil did not create the Trojan legend of Roman origins, but his poem solidified the notion in popular and scholarly sentiment.
Vergil sets the seeds for future animosity between Carthage and Rome in the Aeneid, too -- the curse of queen Dido on the descendants of Aeneas of never-ending strife played into then-recent recollections of war in the Roman mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 31 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This collection of stories about the famed detective Sherlock Holmes and his faithful "sidekick" Watson is truly a timeless classic. It is filled with intrigue, mystery, romance, vengeance and ,ultimately, murder. Its beautifully constructed plot and the whole motive of the murder, the clues and the amazing deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes will hardly fail to entertain you and keep you craving for more. Not only will you find crime and punishment on these pages, but also the unique world (the 19th century England) and personalities (cold-blooded Holmes and always left behind Watson) which Doyle has created.
There is one downside to this marvellous classic. When you are done reading the book and there are no more adventures to consume you will feel nostalgic. One could only wish to relax in the comfort of an armchair in front of a fireplace while a rainstorm rages outside and Sherlock Holmes is patiently absorbing the details of another case, on No. 221B Baker Street
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Cormier on May 10 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've only read the first two novels so far (more like novellas really) and have enjoyed them very much (perhaps with the exception of Mary - the movie version of her was so much better. I hate the weak, faint at the mere thought of blood type of female character and I have to say, ACD certainly has romance novelists beat in the love at first sight thing *laughs* Watson meets Mary and the next night asks her to marry him!).

My one complaint is with the books themselves. Yes, books, not book. I had wanted a complete collection in ONE book and the description here, as well as some of the reviews, said this was all in ONE but it's really two books in a box. The covers are like any typical paperback, they will come apart with rough usage. The print is also fairly typical, not overly small at all (this coming from someone with bad eyesight).

I do wish amazon.ca was selling the GORGEOUS Barnes and Noble leather bound complete collection (in ONE book) as the Barnes and Nobel site is refusing to let me actually order it. I really just bought this collection to read the stories/novels for the first time with the intention of getting a very good copy (cover wise) elsewhere. Definitely worth getting these books as a first time reader for such a low price, but if you're an avid fan of Holmes and are looking for a complete collection that will last a lifetime, I'd suggest checking out one of the leather bound editions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25 2002
Format: Paperback
[This review refers to the Dover Thrift verse
edition of the AENEID translated into English
by Charles J. Billson in 1906.]
As incredible as it may seem, I prefer this
Billson verse translation over that of Allen
Mandelbaum (which I also have in the Bantam
Classic edition, 1970). What causes one person
to like one translation, and another to prefer
someone else's? It is a matter of taste, but
also of conditioning through aesthetic experience
and expectation. I have read a great many poems
in a great many forms. To my sense and sensibility
there is something about the Mandelbaum translation
of the AENEID which is too confining...too clipped...
it does not seem, to me, to flow freely. And yet
Billson's translation has archaic word choices --
but the flow of his translation seems more interesting
and "freer" than that of Mandelbaum.
Here is a sample of Mandelbaum:
I sing of arms and of a man: his fate
had made him fugitive; he was the first
to journey from the coasts of Troy as far
as Italy and the Lavinian shores.
Across the lands and waters he was battered
beneath the violence of High Ones, for
the savage Juno's unforgetting anger;
and many sufferings were his in war --
[Bantam Classic, 1970.]
And here is Billson in the Dover edition with
the same passage:
Arms and the Man I sing, who first from Troy
A Doom-led exile, on Lavinian shores
Reached Italy; long tossed on sea and land
By Heaven's rude arm, through Juno's brooding
ire,
And war-worn long ere building for his Gods
A Home in Latium: whence [came] the Latin race,
The Lords of Alba, and high-towering Rome.
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