The Lion and the Unicorn by George Orwell
I think it’s safe to say that George Orwell was a fanboy of Conan Doyle’s consulting detective.
When he was a young man at Eton he wrote a parody of Sherlock Holmes, with Lestrade as the villain, called ‘The Adventure of the Lost Meat Card’.
He included Conan Doyle’s Holmes tales in his essay “Good Bad Books” which he described as
the kind of book that has no literary pretensions but which remains readable when more serious productions have perished.
The main theme of Orwell’s novel, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, is Gordon Comstock’s “romantic ambition to defy worship of the money-god and status, and the dismal life that results”. Comstock’s a big Sherlock Holmes fan:
…Finally, however, it was THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES that he took from the mantelpiece. SHERLOCK HOLMES was his favorite of all books, because he knew it by heart. The oil in the lamp was giving out and it was getting beastly cold. Gordon dragged the quilt from his bed, wrapped it round his legs and sat down to read. His right elbow on the table, his hands under his coat to keep them warm, he read through “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” The little gas-mantle sighed above, the circular flame of the oil-lamp burned low, a thin bracket of fire, giving out no more heat than a candle.
Why The Lion and the Unicorn in particular? I’m not sure…
Based on a comment Sherlock made in the most recently Sherlock Series 3 trailer. Also I was talking to Dom since she brought it up on twitter.
If you haven’t seen the interactive trailer go watch it! There are circles on the screen you press to bring up exclusive clips. Sherlock talks about John’s moustache and jumping out of a cake for him. Omg.
I have the capacity to MISS all the news about Sherlock .
I just closed my eyes
and here’s the new trailer AND the interactive one
and they already got 10000 notes.
This or i live in another universe, without knowing it.
Happened twice today.
getting a bit scared. i do need to blink sometimes.
Result so far from the stream. :D Not finished of course, but for once, I am actually happy with something…maybe because this is around the 4th time I seriously tried to draw a cat.