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Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of The Hound of the Baskervilles

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by Pierre Bayard

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ISBN-10: 1596916443

ISBN-13: 2901596916448

Pub. Date: 10/13/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

"With wit and careful analysis, Bayard makes a convincing case…This slim yet satisfying inquiry will make readers eager to pick up the classic mystery and test Bayard's methods for themselves."—Los Angeles Times

In his brilliant reinvestigation of the classic case of The Hound of the Baskervilles,

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Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
falstaff1962 More than 1 year ago
The problem with a book of this type is simple. It's easy to come up with an "alternative answer" to a fictional mystery. It doesn't mean a thing and gives no real insight into the original- whether as a work of detection or as a thriller. I can take darn near any Agatha Christie and do the same thing. By definition- in a work of fiction, it is impossible for the detective to "get it wrong" unless the author deliberately chooses to do so. The idea of a fictional mystery is to actually make it possible that everyone is guilty and could have done it. So you made up a different ending to a story. So what? Want to impress me? Do the same thing with a true crime mystery- William Desmond Taylor, Sir Edmond Godfrey, Lord Darnley to name a few historical crimes. Show me how people have had those (unsolved) answers wrong for years. Then you have something.
xelmo More than 1 year ago
While this book is entertaining enough and not completely implausible, I didn't feel that Mr. Bayard succeeded in making his case. The entire business of fictional characters intruding into the real world (and vice versa--you kind of had to be there to know what I'm saying) got pretty well out of control after a while. In addition, the by now familiar refrain about how Conan Doyle had gotten tired of Holmes by the time The Hound of the Baskervilles came out is no convincing explanation for the supposed "mistakes" made by Holmes and Watson. The "real" murder plot that Mr. Bayard thinks he's uncovered depended so much on blind luck to pull off that it boggles the mind that it ever got off the ground. And finally, at the risk of giving away a key point of the argument, I always have trouble with a plot whose resolution involves someone tying himself or herself up. This is something I'd like to see demonstrated sometime--I don't doubt that Houdini could have pulled it off but the average person would have a rough time of it. I may be somewhat prejudiced because I'm a lifelong Holmes fan and tend to figure that the Great Detective was usually right, but I'm willing to "follow docilely wherever the facts may lead me" as he was. As it happens, they led me to conclude that Sherlock Holmes was right and Pierre Bayard was wrong.
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Emmy9 More than 1 year ago
how can the author of a fictitious get the ending of his own fictitious novel wrong?? 
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