Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes by: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I am so into The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes.  I love the old stories about the consulting detective of London.  I have the old movies on VHS and I remember reading the books long ago.  The books have long since disappeared and my VHS collection is down to three.  So, you can imagine how pleased I was when me dear sweet wife surprised me with this down load on my kindle.  Here in my hot little hands are the complete works.  I can take them with me everywhere and read and re-read all I like.  Were talking four novels and dozens of short stories using language that has all but died out.  (Proper English.) There are wonderful words with four, five, and get this six syllables all over the place.  The fluidity of the writing is intoxicating.  Most of modern America is probably going to need a dictionary sitting next to them as they read from time to time. That's not to say it's a difficult read because it's not, but here you will see many words no longer in use though they ought not be forgotten in place of those that never use to exist.  There is no reference to (booty, or bling) here.  There is a good deal of older slang you probably never heard of or used yourself.  You'll recognize such words as you read  such as (trifle) which in the late 1800's meant a small matter where today it's a dessert. This is a series for an intelligent reader longing for literary mental stimulation in an old fashion detective story with  beloved  characters. There is a difference with this current telling, it is by an author named Robert Ryan who was of a mind to tell the tales from Watson's perspective putting him front and center with articulation that would rival the most eloquent diplomat.  Watson as a narrator is a superb twist with the blessing I may add of the Arthur Conan Doyle estate.   All told there are four novels and sixty one short stories.  I have now read and enjoyed them all, and will reread them over and over for as long as my kindle will last,  and you will too.  I promise.  So, in the words of the great detective "steel true, blade straight" and enjoy.