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Book Title: The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson|
The author of the book: Nicholas Meyer
ISBN 13: 9780393036084
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Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: 1993
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There is much to commend this Sherlock Holmes-meets-the-Phantom-of-the-Opera tale: the descriptions of Paris and especially the Opera Populaire and its many subterranean levels are fascinating and atmospheric; the unexpected appearance of Irene Adler (not particularly a favorite of mine) and her relationship with Sherlock Holmes make sense and provide interesting insights; and the Gothic flavor of the work is wonderful. Nicholas Meyer knows The Phantom of the Opera as well as he knows the canon of Sherlock Holmes (which is impressive), and his love for the story shines through the text -- as do his loyalties (Raoul, Viscount of Chagny, is even more of a wimp than his detractors would make him).
Unfortunately, the novel's strength, its use of The Phantom of the Opera, is also its weakness. If you know Gaston Leroux's work, you know most of what happens in this novel; Sherlock Holmes's point of view does not provide sufficient contrast to create a different "spin" on the original. Also, the lack of John Watson is keenly felt. As with Arthur Conan Doyle's work, a tale told by Holmes does not compare with a tale told by Watson. (At places, Holmes seems almost to bend out of character to fill the void of emotion and empathy usually supplied by Watson's narration.) It provides an intriguing fill for the "hiatus" years in Doyle's canon, and it's worth reading, but it's my least favorite of Meyer's three Holmes pastiches.
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Read information about the authorNicholas Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theater and film-making, & is a film writer, producer, director and novelist best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. He is also well known as the director for the landmark 1983 TV-Movie "The Day After", for which he was nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award. In 1977, Meyer was nominated for an Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for adapting his own 1974 novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, to the screen.
In addition to his work on Star Trek, Meyer has written several novels, and has written and/or directed several other films.Most notable being the 1983 made-for-television anti-nuclear movie The Day After.
Meyer wrote three Sherlock Holmes novels: The West End Horror, The Canary Trainer, and The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. The latter was Meyer's most famous Holmes novel and the project for which he was best known prior to his Star Trek involvement. It was also adapted into a 1976 film, directed by Herbert Ross, for which Meyer wrote the screenplay.
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