The HOUND of the Baskervilles

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Paperback with 77 Pages of Additional Content (Summaries, Critical Notes, Glossary, Exercises, and more)

The Hound of the Baskervilles of the Ratna Sagar Classics Series is an enriched edition that any keen reader of literature will be pleased to have. The book includes:

a. Brief, well-written Introduction to the novel

b. Annotations that are comprehensive, covering not only the meanings of words and phrases ...

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Overview

Paperback with 77 Pages of Additional Content (Summaries, Critical Notes, Glossary, Exercises, and more)

The Hound of the Baskervilles of the Ratna Sagar Classics Series is an enriched edition that any keen reader of literature will be pleased to have. The book includes:

a. Brief, well-written Introduction to the novel

b. Annotations that are comprehensive, covering not only the meanings of words and phrases peculiar to the period in which the book was written, but explaining any concept or historical event that may not be easily understood or recalled

c. Summary at the end of each chapter that is concise yet sufficiently detailed to provide a faithful reproduction of that part of the story

d. Critical notes at the end of each chapter that present an analysis of the chapter so that the reader can identify the nuances, allusions, and underlying meanings, and therefore appreciate the story better

e. General notes at the end of the book that present an overview of the book, contexting it in the period in which it was written, and discuss the major themes, characters, or the genre of the book

f. Artwork that bring to life certain episodes in the story

Photographs and a description of Dartmoor, where the action of the novel mainly takes place

Suggestions for further reading and website links that the reader will find informative and helpful

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is perhaps best known for his master creation, the detective Sherlock Holmes. However, at one point, the author believed that Holmes was distracting him and taking his 'mind from better things'. He killed Holmes in The Final Problem, but after public outcry over it, revived the legendary detective in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Serialized in The Strand Magazine (August 1901-April 1902), the story is a haunting thriller that pits the rational against the supernatural. The death of an aristocrat which points to an old family curse, giant footprints of an unearthly glowing hound, and the curse looming over a young descendant are elements that create the inimitable ambience of horror in the story.

The surroundings of Dartmoor in South Devon, a county in Southern England, is the main stage for the action of the novel and a perfect setting for a murder plot. The treacherous moor and the brooding and bleak Dartmoor prison adds to the element of horror, making the novel an edge-of-the-seat thriller. The novel was possibly a result of Conan Doyle's meeting with a journalist, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, aboard a ship on his way back to England from Africa. Robinson told Doyle about the legend of a ghostly hound. He also took Doyle to some deserted English moors and prehistoric ruins. Robinson also told him captivating local legends about escaped prisoners and an aristocrat, who had come to harm from his family dog. All these might have inspired Doyle to create The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The story was published in the last year of the Victorian era. Although the setting and means of communication were very different from what they are today, Holmes's method of bringing the guilty to law and the author's skill in creating spine-chilling horror are what make the story enjoyable and popular even today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789350362990
  • Publisher: Ratna Sagar P. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), author and creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, was born in Scotland and studied medicine in Edinburgh University. He set up his medical practice in Southsea, but when it failed to do well, he started writing stories. Doyle's biggest achievement was the creation of Sherlock Holmes, whose methods of deduction were drawn from Doyle's own experience as a medical student. In later life, Doyle turned towards spiritualism and wrote several books on the subject

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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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

    I Also Recommend:

    Great

    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 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Exellent

    Very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    umm i like it allot

    I didn't like this book, cause i had trouble reading it. It was boring, a little slow and i think i loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2000

    fab book!!!!!!!!!

    this was another great book. i really enjoyed it. the way Sherlock and Watson plunge headfirst into the mystery is superb. Doyle has described every inch of the mystery so vividly i feel like i've actually seen it! Doyle does another work of art and i say that Doyle's one of the world's most exalted writers!! you gotta read this! thrown into a web of malice, greed and DEATH, Sherlock Holmes must cross all limits to bring this to justice!!!!! (P.S. i sound like an ad for the book, right? HAHAHA!!!!!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2000

    Penguin13 reviews a 'jolly good mystery!'

    This book had a very good beginning. Doyle did not hesitate to plunge right into the 'meat' of the story. I found the manuscript from 1742 amusing. This book is what I would call classic mystery. You've got your family curse, famous detective, trusty sidekick, good, evil, etc. You may think that this would be dull and monotonous- as I thought. However, I was pleasantly surprised with my immediate 'attraction' to these characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Spooky!

    I read this book when I was in the 6th grade. It scared the hell out of me. I highly suggest reading this fantastic story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2000

    Real Addictive!

    I couldn't go to bed before I finished reading the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    Surprising

    I am a sixth grader at Trinity Prep and our teacher made us read this book. I read it and was completely amazed. I really liked it. And I enjoy few books. So this was a great surprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Superior Holmes

    Since reading this as an assigned book in grade school I have revisited it every so often and it's always good to curl up with an old friend and be transported to another place and time. There's no mystery to it for me, but I envy first time readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2010

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