Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
‘There’s a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it’. From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind. In “A Study in Scarlet”, Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair is summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood. The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge…
When I completed watching Sherlock –Season 2, something in me told me to re-visit the original plots and characterization. Thus started my journey again, I have started reading Sherlock Holmes AGAIN for the second time, right from THE BEGINNING.
There is absolutely no need of an introduction to Sherlock Holmes. This character is one of the shining stars of the English Literature and is considered as one of the finest creations ever made in the Fiction Genre. I was in awe while reading the introduction of Sherlock Holmes and Watson. His unique mannerism in solving crimes and how he concludes everything with careful observation will leave you astounded and awe struck. The novel is distributed in two parts. I was little skeptical while reading the second half because of the problematic depiction of Mormons but still when that phase passed on the thrill and the intrigue returned back. The whole story is narrated via Watson’s point of view and thus there is realness in the plot and the characterizations. Holmes ability to see the significance in tiny detail will blow you off your imaginations. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has masterly created this character that embodies rationalism filled with careful observation and weird unlikeable behavior. And in the end of the story like Watson, I too was convinced about his perfect and sheer brilliance in solving the crime.
In the end, I can say the A study of Scarlet is a great debut of this super-detective and his side-kick and with this novel the author promises great things to come with the succeeding novels.
Title: A Study in Scarlet
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: PENGUIN UK
Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSICS
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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room