Review: A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes

Peter Bevelin’s small book (81 pages) is every argument you ever wanted to win against another Holmesian–or every defense you needed to backup someone you felt was right.  Period.

Imagine what a book would be like if Watson had simply lifted out all examples of his friend’s reasonings and philosophies and placed them in a separate volume.  Here it is.

In these trying times, where students are re-learning the art of debate in wangling grades or proving classroom participation, their jobs counselor would be advised to recommend this book–or the instructor place this on the reading list.  You’re getting more than the most famous quotes of Sherlock Holmes–you are getting the context of these statements and why they act as linchpins upon the plots and intrigues that fuel human nature.

Part reference, part Sun Tzu, part history lesson and part social science with a smattering of Heraclitian Logos, A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes are small examples of a large macrocosm lifted to the light for a closer examination.  The subject matter is easily found, but the definitions are pithy and full of meaning and require contemplation.

Easily accessible, one can page to a statement made in bold black:  ‘Distance Gives us Perspective’, Patience’, or ‘Check for other possibilities’ and so on.  beneath the statements are the backup data that includes direct quotes from the Canon, and/or relevant parallel examples such as from Poe or Bell or ACD himself. A nice touch are the examples where you can see Holmes is paying hommage to his peers and elders in the mental field; this is an extra boost when we may confess to being less than expert in the Era in which Holmes lived.

Bevelin helps us focus on what makes the Philosopher Holmes tick; this compilation of statements are proven true and valid by action or example. Buy this book for the friend who has everything; for the frenemy who likes to taunt you with choice quotes from the Canon, or add it to your shelf of koans. This is truly The Art of Holmes in the way that The Art of War was for the mental approach of a physical problem.

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