The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge: Easyread Edition
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About the Author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930.He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects.His greatest achievement was his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr. Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The story is a typical Holmes story, with the notable exception of a policeman who is actually comparable to Holmes in ability. Very unusual in the mythos, as even Gregory doesn't have the necessary imagination. If you like Holmes, I recommend this free download.
The reason I drop it a star is the lousy Kindle formatting. The mutilation of the paragraphs is really inexcusable. This needs a good clean up badly. No reflection on Doyle, of course.
The "Adventure" at Wisteria Lodge is a bizarre set of circumstances including not only a Voodoo side-track, but a despot exile as well! These inclusions certainly makes this Holme's tale stand out from the rest, although little else in the story would distinguish it. Hearing Holmes and others talk about "foreigners," a mulatto and "swarthy" people reveals the period prejudices quite clearly, and this detracted from my enjoyment of the story. What points the finger at the villain more clearly than saying that he is ugly, savage of temperment and creepy looking?
In some cases, in this book, they turn natural prejudices against you, by revealing that the most savage looking person is not the killer, and this was good. This did little for the story, since it was pointed out by Holmes that this person wasn't likely to be the criminal, but it should be mentioned.
Overall, Sherlock was fairly charming, as usual, but a guest dectective from the country was the star of the show. This is great, to break up the monotony of reading a lot of Holmes, but as a single story, it was disappointing.
An interesting premise for a story, for sure, and if that is all you are looking for, you wont be disappointed. Compared to the other Sherlock Holmes stories, however, the Adventure at Wisteria Lodge ranks near the bottom of the list.
The greatest sleuth of all time has never felt more "average."
The paragraphs are
up like this.
For the whole book. If that is too distracting for you, find another scan. Otherwise you get what you pay for with this.
The story itself is not as interesting or riveting as others, but if you love Sherlock (as I do) then it is worth a read.
found in only a few of Sherlock Holmes' cases.
As always in Sir Arthur's works, the writing is
impeccable, the historical detail is correct and
Holmes and Watson balance each other out neatly.
Thoroughly enjoyable reading!