Book Review - Sherlockian Musings: Thoughts on the Sherlock Holmes Stories

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Review from the Seattle Sherlockian's:

This book is a must-have for Sherlockian society discussions of the Canon.

"Wow, it’s been a really great year for Sherlockian books and publishing! Another fine offering is SHERLOCKIAN MUSINGS: THOUGHTS ON THE SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES by Sheldon Goldfarb. This terrific volume is a study guide for Sherlockian readers who want to take the Canon to a deeper level.

Using Doubleday's ordering of the stories, Goldfarb approaches each Sherlockian tale by use of artfully composed mini-essays that explore details which might escape a mere casual reader. For example, in “The Six Napoleons” he considers Victorian views on foreigners, the meaning of all those busts celebrating England’s historic nemesis, the inspiration behind the character of Horace Harker, and Watson’s foray into detecting. For “The Blue Carbuncle,” we’re treated to a tour of Sherlockian jests, the goose both as a symbol and a peace offering, redemption themes, and issues facing Victorian era couples.

Goldfarb draws on a wealth of earlier criticisms, many of which are obscure and so not readily available for students of the Canon; it’s wonderful to see so many sources pulled together in such a user-friendly way. This book is a must-have for Sherlockian society discussions of the Canon! By the way, if Sheldon Goldfarb’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he is active with our good friends, The Stormy Petrels, up in British Columbia. He recently met up with many SOBs at the Left Coast Sherlockian Symposium in Portland." (reviewed by Sonia Fetherston)

The book is available from:

Amazon USA     Barnes and Noble  

Amazon UK    Book Depository  (free worldwide delivery)

Amazon Canada  

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