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In this, one of the most famous of Doyle's mysteries, the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly hound comes frighteningly to life. The gray towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor will haunt the reader as Holmes and Watson seek to unravel the many secrets of the misty English bogs.

When a second member of the Baskerville family dies, Sherlock Holmes investigates and finds murderous greed behind the ...

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In this, one of the most famous of Doyle's mysteries, the tale of an ancient curse and a savage ghostly hound comes frighteningly to life. The gray towers of Baskerville Hall and the wild open country of Dartmoor will haunt the reader as Holmes and Watson seek to unravel the many secrets of the misty English bogs.

When a second member of the Baskerville family dies, Sherlock Holmes investigates and finds murderous greed behind the supposed curse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192835192
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 232
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was both a doctor and a believer in spirits, which may partly explain why his Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved detectives: Holmes always approaches his cases with the gentility and logic of a scientist, but the stories are suffused with an aura of the supernatural. Narrated by devoted assistant Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes's adventures were so addictive that fans protested the master deducer's "death" in 1893 and Doyle had to resurrect him.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Surprisingly good Title.

    Upon reading the first few paragraphs of the novel, I did not think I would bear reading the entire thing. It features mildly complicated vocabulary and is spoken in an English which I am not too familiar with. Yet, putting this aside I found the story to be quite interesting and even had me wanting to read the next chapter right then at some points. The mystery and suspense of the story for most parts keeps it slow-paced. But, there are scenes of the novel which display fast-paced and even violent action. Again, to my surprise the novel drew me in and kept me all the way through!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    My first sherlock holmes book

    I am 12 years old, sixth grade. I am reading this book in my literature circles. Although I am only about half way through the book, I can definately say it is a great book. We have to read 9 novels by the end of the year (we only get to choose from a certain pile of nine books) and i have to admit, this was one of my last picks, i was really hesitant to read it. I have now learned that i do not only like girl stories and romance novels among funny books, but now i have been exposed to a whole nother world of literature. For this, i very much thank my teacher. Now, reguarding the actual book, I am very much enjoying it. I do have to admit that some words i need to look up, but that is easy on nook! It really grabs your attention in some parts, but sometimes, more in the beginning, you can get a little bored. Many people say that kids cannot enjoy these books, they are wrong! ~alicia s.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    The Hound Of The Baskervilles

    Amazing!!! Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    I didn't like it.

    The story dragged on and on using too many unnessecary words. It was poop.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    You Won't See It Coming!

    I can recommend this book to most who enjoy the dry wit of Sherlock Holmes novels. I advise you to start with "A Letter In Scarlet" if you have not yet read it because out of his four novels you should start at the beginning. I'm happy to say the deductive reasoning and plot twists that come with all Holmes' escapades transcends into this book no less diminished. I'm not out to ruin any plot twists but you won't see them coming. You may expect one thing, but from around a corner Holmes will correct you with his cold hard decisive perceptional skills. And thats what makes it an Arthur Conan Doyle novel a shrewd parched novel devoid of emotional thoughts and feelings. This will be a safe assumption for all of the Sherlock Holmes novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles review

    This book was amazing and extremely entertaining and impossible to put down. This book was very interesting and a classic mystery type and a typical Sherlock Holmes edition. The mystery was dark and morbid while the characters involved all seemed to be quite harmless, that is to the unsuspecting eye but not to Sherlock Holmes of course. He is the top authority on all mysteries and he proves it in this book with his daring antics and his amazingly acurate deductions. The vocabulary was mildly difficult, the plot was great, the authors tone was incredible. A perfect fit into the mystery genre, the clues had me thinking in circles i couldn't figure out anything untill the clues started to piece together, the book was like a puzzle the more clues you got the more the picture became clearer. I loved this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2008

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    Sherlock is my hero!

    I think it was Sherlock Holmes that taught me logical thinking and that has gotten me in trouble for quite a while!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Don't listen to 'one cool kid'

    this book wasn't a extremely good book at all. It was a horrible book with no sense whatsoever. The book was boring until the last chapter. If you even picked up the book then u could have just went to the laster chapter and read the ending of the book, and saved yourself 150 pages of your time. Henry Baskerville gets frightened by a 'Curse' ..but sherlock holmes eventually solves this lame mystery.... If there was one thing you could read...it definately wouldnt be this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    One of my favorite Holmes' books!  Ah! The intrigue, such maste

    One of my favorite Holmes' books! 

    Ah! The intrigue, such mastery of a mystery plot. And the twists! Yes, one of my favorite plot twists in all of literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    REALLY BORING

    I have to read this novel for school. & its really boring. It uses ALOT of extra words. It takes one chapter to talk about a stick.

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

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    In this particular adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson dea

    In this particular adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson deal with a legendary hound who kills Baskervilles family members, a curse that Holmes and Dr. Watson are not buying into it. After the death of Charles Baskerville from pure terror, the legend get strength and the heir of the state (Hugo Baskerville) asks for Holmes help to solve the mystery involving his uncle's death. Dr. Watson accompanies Hugo at Baskerville Hall in Devonshire, as Holmes have to stay in London so finish some other cases he is working on. While there, Watson hear on the moor the creepy sound of a hound... All the relationship with the neighbors and the employees of the house are well developed and the surprising appearance of Holmes just in time to prevent another crime is superb. 
    If you enjoy reading mystery stories, definitely you cannot miss this one, a classic among mystery stories. Very entertaining and with surprising twists on the plot, it took me around 4 hours to read the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Major disaster in San Franscisco kills people on Golden Gate

    A 9.7earthquake struck San Franscisco this morning at10:00
    in the morning. It was the deadliest earthquake in the world, it split California in half. It also split the Golden Gate Bridge in half, causing a major tsunami towards Japans capital city
    Tokyo. There were no survivors in the collaps of the bridge
    there was an explosion while the bridge collapsed. We should all pray for the people that were killed in this natural disaster.

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Do NOT read the free ebook.  The OCR is terrible.  Get the real

    Do NOT read the free ebook.  The OCR is terrible.  Get the real book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2008

    I love sir arthur conan doyle's books!

    Sir arthur conan doyle writes the greatest books in my opinion. The way he writes and describes things just paints more than a picture, im there inside the book. Its scary for me just reading it! Like all of these books, sherlock holmes and watson are off trying to solve a mystery. I love the way he uses these descriptice words. He doesnt even tell he just shows!<BR/><BR/>From the start, he sets the mood. They hear the origin of this curse and even that was wonderful. He adds all of these little mysteries as well like the missing boot and the taxi driver who was stalking them but they all add up to something very important in the end such as the boot was used as a scent for the hound to find and hunt sir henry. Next, how he gives subliminal clues gets the reader thinking and puts them even more into the book. He names people or irrelevence too just to make you think if they are the ones who are guilty. <BR/><BR/>His books are just amazing and this one is no exception. The most innocent person became one of the most important people in the plot. Mr. stapleton's wife was one of the most important people and ended up double crossing her husband. He even deceives the readers when he says Holmes is at home when he is actually living in the mire. The ghostly figure Doyle describes on the mire during the chase of the hound is actually Holmes observing. The way he twists the plot is just incredible and i dont know how else do describe my feelings toward this book. It just gave me the creeps when I was reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Good book, though confusing plots.

    Umm........ This book was good. It was a pain to read it for the summer, but that's why I give it four stars and not five. I usually don't like mysteries or any books at all(none in particular), but this was one book that seemed to get some of my attention. Though Stapleton could've let the lady breathe. For Gods sake man! She's a woman! Not a voodoo doll!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    a good one

    i have always been fascinated by sherlock holmes and after this book i have an even higher opinion of his character. this book is gripping from the start to the end, but it includes a feeling of gloominess and darkness. if you imagined the illustrations in ur mind, u will always see a dark picture. but overall i found it good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    Everyones favorite detective does it again!!

    This book is a great great book. Anyone who can read well should read this book. I loved it. I mean, who could not love the brilliant,wonderful Holmes?! He and Watson are such lovable characters. This book had a lot of unexpected twists and turns. So, read it. I mean, I'm a kid and i though it was GREAT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Lots of twists and turns!

    This was an awesome book! You will be amazed with the clever twists and turns that Sherlock Holmes takes to solve the mystery. After Charles Baskerville's death due to a mysterious hound, Sherlock Holmes and Watson go on a quest to protect the new heir, Henry Baskerville, from this hound. Find out if this hound is just a normal old mutt in the moor or a magical unknown beast. Who is behind these killings? I bet you would have never guessed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    As I continue my journey through my collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, we finally reach The Hound of the Baskervilles, which I believe is the first Sherlock Holmes story written intentionally as a novel, rather than as a serial or as short stories for publication in newspapers or magazines. This provides more focus to the actual plot and the background of the supporting characters. This is what really separates this story from the shorter Sherlock Holmes stories the detail given to the non-primary characters. The story involves a young man who recently came into a very large fortune when his uncle died under mysterious circumstances. The young man brings Holmes and Watson into the situation, and Holmes sends Watson into the countryside to watch over their client and take stock of the situation. Interestingly enough, a good quarter of the story is handled through letters that Watson sends to Holmes and Watson's diary entries, rather than straight-up descriptions of events 'as they happen.' I am not convinced that this was the appropriate way to handle things, but it worked out all right in the end and gave a unique feel to the story. As is usual with a Sherlock Holmes story, I couldn't figure out all that was happening until the very end. I figured the 'hound' out rather early, but not the rest of it. All told, a satisfying and entertaining mystery novel, if a little short for modern standards.

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