Thursday, February 19, 2009

I am still trying to finish up my Sherlock Holmes ...

I bought a book I've been wanting to read all my life quite a few years back. I think it was either 2004 or 2005. I can't even recall it myself right now for whatever reason :)

The book is called THE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATED 'STRAND' Sherlock Holmes The Complete Facsimile Edition. As you can see, the book is so damn thick as it is a complete compilation of every single published Sherlock Holmes' stories.

By the way, please tell me you've heard of Sherlock Holmes. I mean ... Sherlock Holmes is the most famous fictional detective of all time. So you must have heard of him right? ... Or else, you must be kidding me.

In case you have not, ...
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in a publication dated 1887. He is the creation of Scottish-born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A brilliant London-based "consulting detective", Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of astute observation, deductive reasoning and inference to solve difficult cases.

Historically, Holmes lived from the year 1881 at 221B Baker Street, London, a flat up seventeen steps, where he shares many of his professional years with his good friend Dr Watson for some time.

Dr Watson assesses Holmes's abilities as such:
  1. Knowledge of Literature.—Nil.
  2. Knowledge of Philosophy.—Nil.
  3. Knowledge of Astronomy.—Nil.
  4. Knowledge of Politics.—Feeble.
  5. Knowledge of Botany.—Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening.
  6. Knowledge of Geology.—Practical, but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks, has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them.
  7. Knowledge of Chemistry.—Profound.
  8. Knowledge of Anatomy.—Accurate, but unsystematic.
  9. Knowledge of Sensational Literature.—Immense. He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century.
  10. Plays the violin well.
  11. Is an expert singlestick player, boxer and swordsman.
  12. Has a good practical knowledge of British law.
A popular pastime among fans of Sherlock Holmes is to treat Holmes and Watson as real people, and attempt to elucidate facts about them from clues in the stories or by combining the stories with historical fact.

Extracted from Wikipedia
So there you have it. I have to admit that this edition is so damn thick I haven't been able to finish it nicely and satisfyingly.

As I am rather free of late, I continued reading from where I left previously .... page 957. It took me several years just to reach that page LOL :) And, there is still approximately 200 pages left before I can stand tall and 'brag' to everyone that I have read every single Sherlock Holmes' stories.

On another interesting note, there will be a Sherlock Holmes movie out November this year. YAY! The movie will be featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. Watson, his stalwart partner. Can't wait ...

Okay. Now back to submerging myself in Sherlock Holmes.

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м裏.jëиz said...

my gawd~ the book's like what? 400 pages?

it would prolly take me 4 years to finish if i were to read it everyday.

but i guess you're a reader and a book person anyway... and that explains the cgpa~ =)

jasonmighty said...

@Missjenz: It has like 1000 pages oh. A reader/book person has got nothing to do with cgpa k...haha

renaye said...

ooh. i like watching the young sherlock holmes movie. :D

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