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Het teken van de vier (1890)

door Arthur Conan Doyle

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A beautiful young woman seeks the help of Holmes and Watson when the mysterious benefactor who has been sending her a pearl each year since her father disappeared wants to meet her. Involved are a priceless hoard of Indian treasure and a murderer whose trademark is "the sign of four."
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interesting and engaging story ( )
  moazzima29 | Sep 11, 2022 |
The pages turned quickly enough, but the mystery lacked stakes and general intrigue. I had very little reason to care and the reveal didn’t make me care any more than I did at the start. Watson gets a wife out of it, and I like that personal character stuff, but there’s not much to remember in this one other than that or Sherlock’s cocaine habit.
  bobbybslax | Sep 6, 2022 |
To be honest, I feel kind of guilty to have enjoyed "The Sign of Four". During the first half of it, the novel was not nearly as good as "A Study in Scarlet", but then everything twisted and turned and tampered and I was basically so hooked I couldn't take this story down.

One advantage of Arthur Conan Doyle's writing in this novel has certainly been his decision not to include a random plot switch like he did in "A Study in Scarlet". The mystery's solution was actually told through John Watson's perspective rather than within a long-winded narrative about the murderer. Thus, the reader is able to follow Watson and Sherlock through the entirety of this novel, and yet ... the beginning was boring as hell. I know, I know. We had a murder. We had a treasure. We had Mary. We had John. We had Sherlock. But ... whew.

To explain my feelings about this book more precisely: The first half included a lot of different interesting aspects, e.g. Sherlock's explicit use of cocaine as well as his ways to explain why he takes it, and the introduction of Mary Morstan. But I couldn't get rid of the feeling to be alienated from Watson, as though it wasn't really possible to get inside his head and take a look not only at the murder case, but also at the interesting characters surrounding this case, namely Sherlock, John himself and Mary. I think I like Mary's TV version with the brilliant Amanda Abbington more, because Arthur Conan Doyle kept her character on a rather one-dimensional level. In addition, the fast-building romance between John and Mary was weird to witness as a reader, because John's behaviour seemed quite irrational and rash, even for him.

On the other side, Arthur Conan Doyle was able to write some breathtaking scenes, including a pursuit and an interesting perspective on the Indian Rebellion - but the plot was mostly foreseeable from the beginning of the second half on, so the story was never able to really surprise me.

In conclusion, it was a good novel and offered an enjoyable read, but no excellent one. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
It’s Sherlock Holmes. What else is there to say?

I wonder what the reaction was, when this was first released, to Holmes 7% solution. Were people less shocked then by drug use? After all, the original coca-cola had cocaine as an ingredient and was sold by a pharmacist.

You have to remind yourself that this was cutting edge at its time, that Sherlock Holmes was not something well-known or predictable; he was a new creation. After all the reincarnations he has had, that is almost hard to imagine.

I did enjoy reading it, but can’t say I was bowled over.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
I've read some short stories of Holmes and have enjoyed them for the quick reads that they were. They get in, build some characters, show Holmes for the genius detective he is, and gets out.

The Sign of Four felt like a short story but without any of the character build, a real sense of a good case to solve, and worst of all - Sherlock Holmes doesn't do much in this story.

There is really only one, maybe two scenes where Holmes does his deduction and it's almost too quickly solved. There's a bit with him deducing Watson's watch origin at the beginning that displays a bit more of his prowess. Watson also develops his love interest too quickly and the woman gets lost in her own story.

This is a quick read but it doesn't do much with the extra pages it has. It is no wonder we see so many adaptations of the characters and even stories like these in modern TV shows - it seems like they can flesh out a bit more of everything Sherlock. Final Grade - D ( )
  agentx216 | Aug 1, 2022 |
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Doyle, Arthur Conanprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Ackroyd, PeterIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Clarke, DavidVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Del Buono , OresteMedewerkerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Freeman, MartinIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Fry, StephenVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case.
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