Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin


"It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. A novel of exceptional grace and literary sensitivity, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a brilliant imagining of our greatest fictional detective and a stunning inquiry into the mysteries of human connection. "

My thoughts:

This was a beautifully written book told from Sherlock Holmes' point of view and set after World War II. I have always enjoyed the Holmes stories, both the originals and the later pastiches. I especially liked how Holmes acknowledges he doesn't always meet others' expectations based on Watson's descriptions.

Date read: 5/26/2007
Book #: 43
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4* = great

ISBN-10: 1400078229
ISBN-13: 9781400078226
Publisher: Anchor
Year: 2006
# of Pages: 272
Binding: Trade Paperback
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