England Book Club: The Hound of the Baskervilles – Part 1
This week we’re going to read the first two chapters of the most famous of all the Sherlock Holmes stories – The Hound of the Baskervilles.
There were a total of four Sherlock Holmes novels and 56 short stories. The Hound of the Baskervilles was the third book. The author, Arthur Conan Doyle, liked to use real crimes or unexplained, almost supernatural ideas as inspiration for Holmes’ mysteries.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is almost the opposite. About 70 years after the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, there were similar stories being told in the Devon and Sommerset regions of England. These stories were also of a mysterious ghost animal that no one could explain. This animal was called The Beast of Exmoor.
Here’s the assignment:
- Read the first two chapters of the book, and (in your own words) explain the Curse of the Baskervilles.
- Do a little research on The Beast of Exmoor and explain that story in your own words.
- How do the two stories compare?
Every student in our England group is required to participate. You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion).