- Gebundene Ausgabe: 290 Seiten
- Verlag: John Murray Publishers Ltd (9. November 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0719556406
- ISBN-13: 978-0719556401
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,7 x 22,4 x 2,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 857.862 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years - His Exploits in India and Tibet as Faithfully Recorded by Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, C.I.E., F.R.S., F.R.G.S., Rai Bahadur (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 9. November 2000
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"A total success ... If you are a fan of the detective, you must read it." -- Daily Express "'The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes' is a witty fast-paced piece of entertainment of which Arthur Conan Doyle might have been proud." -- Times Literary Supplement 'This book is brilliant... If you are a fan of the detective, you must read it' -- Daily Express -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
Recording the adventures of Sherlock Holmes as he travelled in Tibet with Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, this novel follows Holmes's brush with the Great Game, with Colonal Creighton, Lurgan Sahib and the world of Kim.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Towards the end, when the magic starts kicking in and of all the people, I cannot think Holmes as a mystical man. And when the author tries to do so, it is exceedingly disappointing.
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Jamyang Norbu has avoided such a fate by writing a truly excellent book, for the most part. His portrayal of Holmes is spot on, and he evokes the atmospheres of both India and Thibet tremendously well.
As has been pointed out by other reviewers, the point at which the book stumbles (and which prevents me giving it 5 stars) is the last quarter of the book, where, unfortunately, Norbu's plot twists revert to an overly melodramatic, borderline comical clicheness. By the end of the book, I was halfway expecting the narrator to announce that he was the long lost love child of Holmes and Irene Adler!
Having said all this, the book is an admirable piece of work, well deserving of the awards it has received. It also does its part in raising awareness about the absolutely deplorable treatment of Thibetans by the Chinese government, both currently and historically. As a graduate student of both history and political science, I find it amazing not only that the West allows such abuse to go on with so little coverage - let alone intervention - but that the Chinese government can still maintain a straight face whilst criticising the West for interfering in other nations' development and affairs.
Norbu should first and foremost be commended for being able to almost perfectly capture the correct period speech for each character (there is a lengthy glossary at the back for all the Hinustani phrases and period slang). I say" almost" because I found Hurree's speech to be just a little too over the top, even for the type of educated servant of the Empire he is-it's just a shade too forced at times. Norbu has also captured the period perfectly and manages to seamlessly insert his own agenda by portraying early Chinese imperialism in Tibet. The portrayal of Holmes is excellent (enthusiastic, abrasive, arrogant, drug abuser) up to a point. That point is the final quarter of the book which starts melding the Holmesian world of deduction and reason with the Tibetan world of mysticism and occult powers. Up until then, I had been having great fun, but once people started throwing around hellfire and erecting mental shields and whatnot, I lost faith and interest in the whole exercise. It's not that I'm prejudiced against such things (I've played sword and sorcery role-playing games for 15 years), I just don't think they belong in the hyper-deductive world of Sherlock Holmes. It's well known that Conan Doyle had a strong belief in the occult and was fascinated with the spirit world, but to mix that in with Holmes just rubs me wrong.