It is sensational to take a new look at an old classic like “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” The expression, “It is elementary, my dear Watson,” is quite popular. It is a quick way to sum up the notion that an idea, thought or concept is simple and easily understood. Easily understood that is if one is … Read more
Take a new look at an old classic like the Communist Manifesto. I don’t talk about politics much in this space. That is funny because of all the blog articles I have written, my favorite of all times is an article featuring Karl Marx’s volume – The Communist Manifesto. I read it again recently because it has been almost thirty years since I read it and I have forgotten most of what I read all those years ago.
It is sensational to read a classic book and enjoy the words, phrases and descriptions of another time. There are some books that are written, read and then pass from history, never to be seen again. There are some books that are written and read again and again for years and years. The books in the latter category are what comes to be known as classics.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is widely considered a classic book. I recommend it highly. I first discovered Sherlock Holmes as a child. Then, I was impressed with the riddles and enjoyed trying to solve the mysteries. Recently, when I read the book as an adult, I enjoyed new and different things. The vocabulary in the book was incredible. Doyle used a wonderful assortment of words. The words and phrasing tickled my brain. I felt as if the person who wrote the words was intelligent and expected me, the reader to be intelligent as well. I felt complimented as I read the words. Additionally when I read Sherlock Holmes as an adult I looked at the characters. I looked carefully at character development. I read the descriptions of Holmes and Watson and was liked the character development, learning about what made each man.
Interestingly, even looking at the mysteries was a new and different experience as an adult.
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