‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Conan Doyle

Sherlock HOLMES novels are the most popular detective novels ever written .It was a groundbreaking series in the field of detective thrillers .These spellbinding novels and stories were written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes. It was originally serialised in ‘The Standard Magazine’ from August 1901- April 1902.

The story is set on a wet, gloomy place called Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the story of an attempted murder of Sir Charles Baskerville inspired by the legend of a fearsome diabolic hound of supernatural origin.

The story starts with Dr James Mortimer, Sir Charles’ friend asking Sherlock Holmes to investigate the death of his friend, Sir Charles who was found dead on the grounds of his Devonshire estate and now Mortimer also fears for Sir Henry who is he next heir of Baskerville hall as Mortimer is suspicious about the death of sir Charles, which is attributed to heart attack and the foot prints of a hound found near the dead body, which is associated with the curse of the Baskerville hall. So Sherlock Holmes and his companion DrWatson, who is the narrator of the story set out to investigate the mystery.

What is the secret behind Sir Charles death? Is there really a gigantic hound roaming in the dark? Is Sir Henry safe in the Baskerville hall? To solve all these mysteries, read the book.

This was the first appearance of Holmes after his apparent death in ‘The Final problem’ and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character’s eventual revival. The novel uses many traditional novelistic techniques such as letters, diary extracts etc. It has many twists and gives the reader thrill at each moment .I rate the book 9.5/10.I recommend this book to all those who love thrillers.  

Reviewed by Nandana V. L.

‘Mother’ by Maxim Gorky

The Mother is a magnum opus work of the well known Russian novelist Maxim Gorky about revolutionary factory workers. The essence of the Mother is quite unnatural and very little world classics are so widely read as the Mother as it deeply influences the views of its readers.

This ground breaking novel was first published by Appleton magazine as a serial between 1906 and1907.

Gorky was personally connected to this novel as it portrays real life events revolving around his distant relative ‘Anna Zolmova’ from whom the character ‘Pelageya Nilovna’ or ‘the Mother’ originated and her son ‘Poitr  Zolmove’, a revolutionary leader from whom the character ‘Pavel Vlassov’ originated and the May day demonstration that took place in Sormova in 1902.  The mother is considered to be the only long work on the   Russian revolutionary movement.

The novel’s base is at Sormova, a small labour town in Russia. It is all about Pavel Vlassov, a young and energetic factory worker and at the same time an iron man who is lively, brave and philosophical revolutionary leader- a member of the socialist democratic labour party and his mother Pelageya Nilovna who has suffered a lot in her life due to her husband- Michael Vlassov. After her husband’s unexpected death she get to know more about her son and one day finds that he is a revolutionist. Being illiterate and without any political interest she is at first afraid and cautious of Pavel’s activities. However, despite of her political ignorance she starts helping him due to her maternal feelings. What will happen to their revolutionary lives and how will Pelageya overcome her fears to become a clear revolutionist? To know the answer read the book.

This novel depicts all the actions, worries and stresses that await a mother when she takes the big step of supporting her son’s way of life even though she is not fully aware of the dangers in it. It is a clear manifestation of the lives of suppressed labourers, their protest against aristocrats and the birth of leaders among workers. The novel also includes other revolutionists like Pavel’s best friend Andrei who loves Pelageya like his own mother, Fyodiar Masin, Nicolai, Wizhowisckh, Rybin, Igor, Yefim, Yekim, Ivan etc. In this novel, like the mother there are many other powerful women characters like Natasha, Sasha and Sophia who are beautiful, brilliant and bold revolutionists. My favourite characters are the brave revolutionists Pavel and Andrei because of their open hearted friendship and sincerity towards their work. I rate this book 10/10 as it gave me a clear view of what had happened in Russia during the revolution. I recommend this book to all those who love to read book that openly narrates about real life-books that touch our heart…

Reviewed by  Nayana V L


‘Brida’ by Paulo Coelho

6544975This novel  written by Paulo Coelho comprises the life of a young Irish girl named Brida and her desire to learn magic to seek the truth of life. In order to learn magic she meets great people of wisdom and courage. A wise man , a forest dweller named Magus taught her to overcome her fears and to trust in the great goodness of the world through the tradition of sun. Afterwards she finds a teacher for herself , Wicca who taught her to dance to the hidden music of the world and makes her aware about her true identity and witchcraft through the tradition of moon. Thus she  understands that everyone in this world is here for a reason, no one can find it but something ultimately leads them there. When she seeks about her destiny , she equally finds it difficult to balance her relationships and her desire . At last  with the support from her beloved  Lorens and her soulmate Magus, she somehow manages to balance it.

It is a simple good read  revolving around  vivid fantasy, epic spirituality and mysticism.

I recommend this book to those who are interested in religion, spirituality and soul mate theory.

So I rate this book 3.5/5 and I hope you will enjoy reading it.

Reviewed by Anagha Anil

FaB-3: Best Performers

  1. Ms Ashifa S. S., IX D
  2. Ms Lekshmi Deyal, IX D
  3. Ms Nayana V. L., IX B
  4. Ms Nandana V. L., IX B
  5. Ms Meera Nair, VIII A
  6. Ms Gopika Krishnan N., VII D
  7. Ms Mydhili S. Ann, VII D
  8. Ms Gouri G. L., X D
  9. Ms M. J. Souparnika Chandran, 10 A
  10. Ms Nyma Nazreen, X D
  11. Ms Ashika Mohan, IX D
  12. Aarathi, IX D
  13. Ms Jinsy, X A
  14. Abhaumika Bijuduth, X D
  15. Christeena  Jacob, VIII A
  16. Gouri R., X B

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