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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is an excellent book and one of the best mysteries I have ever read Holmes the superhuman detective is asked to investigate the death of Charles Baskerville which many believe to be the work of the ferocious hound a curse brought about by the misdeeds of Hugo Baskerville When Sir Henry inherits the estate Holmes must solve the mystery before another Baskerville meets his end The Hound of the Baskervilles novel has one of the most complex plots of any mystery with many unexpected twists and is one that will keep you reading until its suspenseful engrossing climax Particularly pleasing and illuminating is the light it sheds on late Victorian sensibilities particularly in areas which are now deemed to be to put it delicately highly charged The setting is also well put together and the danger of the foggy moor only adds to the drama The way Holmes acts is a further addition to the suspense and atmosphere of the novel Upon meeting Sherlock Holmes Dr Mortimer says I had hardly expected so dolichocephalic a skull or such well-marked supra-orbital development Would you have any objection to my running my finger along your parental fissureI confess that I covet your skull I never expected such an exemplary example of early anthropological practice in Doyle because at the time anthropologists didnt study the culture of native peoples they wanted their skulls Likewise the ladder of evolution is applied to races and classes blacks the poor and criminals are presumed to be closer to animals and empirical evidence proves this Sir Arthur Conyan Doyle is not necessarily an avid follower of such theories despite costs incurred to so-called racial inferiors but his books give a wonderful slice of late 19th century sensibilities Those who are historically minded should find Doyle and this book in particular to be of extreme interest In it one can see racial
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