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Me For Sherlock [Nov. 23rd, 2009|10:30 am]
Tony Grist
There's a game they play on the Book Show, where they ask their writerly guests which character in fiction they'd most like to be. Last night I caught an episode where Ben Elton opted for Bertie Wooster because he is so sunny. Apparently in an earlier episode Seamus Heaney chose Jeeves.

So who would I like to be? The answer that immediately pops into my head is Sherlock Holmes. Really? Yes, really. Most of the people in books who aren't Mary Sues are sorry and suffering individuals- victims or one thing or another, or forced to jump through hoops in order to learn Life's Big Lesson. Holmes, it further occurs to me, is the only fully convincing portrait of a genius in fiction. I can't think of another. Can you?
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[User Picture]From: brttvns
2009-11-23 07:35 pm (UTC)
True - Holmes is a rounded character, genius and flawed. I know some people have thought Holmes to be real, but Jeeves? Nothing can be accepted as real in Wodehouse's wonderful world, surely.

A Study in Celluloid is out of print, I think, but I found mine on ebay about two years ago. Well worth finding, every episode is sperated into chapters. Also there is 'Bending the Willow - Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes' by David Stuart Davis, again, may be difficult to find.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-11-23 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'll ask for it at the public library. If a book exists anywhere in the system, they'll track it down for you.
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