Boekverslag : Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound Of The Baskervilles
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The hound of the Baskervilles .

Explain the title.

The title describes directly what the book is all about: the hound of the Baskervilles. There was a curse on the Baskervilles, because a giant hound was killing them all and Sherlock Holmes and his right hand Dr. Watson are supposed to solve that.


Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh and educated at Stonyhurst College and the University of Edinburgh. From 1882 to 1890 he practiced medicine in Southsea, England. Conan Doyle was so immediately successful in his literary career that approximately five years later he abandoned his medical practice to devote his entire time to writing.

Conan Doyle, like the detective he created, helped the police solve murder cases. He was knighted in 1902. The title fits perfect by the author. He died on July 3, 1930 .

Number of pages.

‘The hound of the Baskervilles’ has 174 pages.

Date of Publication.

First published in: 1902.


The genre of the book is mystery/horror and 'A detective story'.

Setting (place/time).

Place : First in London; and afterwards in and near Baskerville Hall (A gloomy estate on the Devonshire Moors).

Time and atmosphere : Victorian atmosphere. Lots of fogs. And a hansom cab.

Sitting important : Yes, because the landscape contains, rocky fields and dangerous marshes.


The story is about the curse on the Baskerville family. Sherlock Holmes was asked for advice about the legend of the curse of the Baskervilles. An enormous dog is supposed to live on the moors and is supposedly connected with the death of many of the Baskerville family. The previous owner is found dead and the new owner is coming over (Sir Henry). Sherlock Holmes and Watson managed to stop Sir Henry getting killed. Stapleton turns out to be a Baskerville who would have inherited the estate in case of Sir Henry’s death.

The story is about how Sherlock Holmes and Watson solve the mystery.

A list of the main characters.

Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Sir Charles Baskerville, Sir Hugo Baskerville, Dr. Mortimer, Sir Charles, Mr. Barrrymore, Jack Stapleton, Sir Henry Baskerville.

Describe one of the main characters.

Sir Hugo Baskerville. He is a wild, evil and cruel man, the owner of the Baskerville house. He like the daughter of a farmer and kidnapped her. And he drank a lot.

Say what you think about this person and why.

I think that he is an evil man like I just said. Because he kidnapped a girl. And when you are a nice man you don’t do that things.


I think it’s a mystery and horror book. Because the dog is scary, and on the cover you can see that his eyes and mouth glow’s. An example because of the horror: ‘Every now and then he looked behind him, like a frightened man. ‘Watson !’cried Holmes. ‘It’s coming.’ . When you read that you just know that it’s scary, because you want to now what is coming ! And it is a mystery story because they need to figure out what’s going on and that is mystery.

What did or didn’t you like about this book?

I like this book because it’s a scary book, usually I don’t like this sort of books but now I do! An example : "If you value your life keep away from the moor." , that is pretty scary ! And I like mystery and detective!

What did you find difficult?

Sometimes I just don’t understand the book. Because there are difficult words like habits (gewoontes) and parchment (perkament). I don’t knew them before. And there are other difficult words, but when I read the whole sentence, I got the word sometimes.

Theme vocabulary (negative):

curse, wild, bad character, kidnapped, drunken, powers of Evil, terrified, horror, rage, black hound of Hell, moor lands, fear, death, shivering with terror, great black beast, blood, shrieking, violent, mysterious death, dark, devil, gigantic hound, shudder, devil of Hell, full of vague fears, wicked, twilight, a chill of fear in my heart, curious, sound cold with horror, moaning sound, cold, grey and unfriendly, death silence, murder, twisted with terror, glimmering like a ghost, inside the house was a place of shadow and gloom.
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