A Slight Trick of the Mind

A Slight Trick of the Mind

A Novel

eBook - 2005
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The basis for the Major Motion Picture Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney and directed by Bill Condon.

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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In 1947, ninety-three-year-old Sherlock Holmes lives out his retirement in a remote Sussex farmhouse with a housekeeper and her young son, Roger, who stumbles upon information about Holmes's secret past and long-ago infatuation with Mrs. Keller, while the one-time master detective tends his apiary, writes in journals, and copes with the fading powers of his mind. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese,, 2005
ISBN: 9780385515269
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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LPL_IlkaI Nov 11, 2015

This interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, is intriguing. He has aged, retired, and is living out his days as a beekeeper in Sussex. Yet, his mind appears to be failing him and it is a fact he does not want to be known. What remains unchanged for Holmes is the thrill of an unsolved mystery, thus, proving the game is never truly over.

Oct 09, 2015

Didn't finish. Believe I read it years ago. (About Holmes as a beekeeper).

Jul 04, 2015

What happens when a brilliant mind gets old and begins to fail? What happens when the power of reason is no longer fulfilling enough to mask the pain of loneliness? This quiet, introspective story of extreme old age features a frail but dignified Sherlock Holmes as a 93 year old, weighed down by grief, confusion and loneliness, pondering the meaning of his life and all lives.

Told in fragments that shift in time and place, the story makes the reader become a detective, piecing Holmes' memories together to find the deeper meaning of the story--a story that I found strangely mesmerizing and moving.

Aug 12, 2012

I did enjoy the character of the elder detective in this short novel, but am not sure it fits Sherlock Holmes. The story threads seem disjointed until the very end, which is fitting I suppose, but this novel just wasn't my cup of tea.

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