Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Recent Reading

Recently finished the classic THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and enjoyed it immensely.  Doyle's a master of character and I marvel at how effortlessly he manages to convey personality through action rather than description.  The 'completeness' of the story and characters surprised me - I had not read any of the earlier Sherlock stories prior to this one but it didn't seem to matter.  I picked up on subtleties that I ordinarily would have absorbed only by reading his earlier Sherlock stories. Unlike the works of many of Doyle's contemporaries, I never once found the book to be overly dense or difficult to read.  In fact, the prose flows so smoothly, that I'd even venture to say that it could have been written by an author today.

Next up I plan to revisit the classic THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame, and after that, I plan to delve a little deeper into the works of George MacDonald (whose fairy tale stories are said to have inspired Tolkien and C.S. Lewis . . .).


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