Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Dar al Bihar (2004)
Pages: 350 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Bilingual English-Arabic version of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed League”.
Dual language books. The English and Arabic pages are facing each other, matching one-on-one with English on the left page, Arabic on the right page. Easy reference for individuals not strong in one of the languages. Well known fiction titles for different interests and levels.
Description of Book:
Set in 1890, a London pawnbroker named Jabez Wilson, a man with "fiery red hair," comes to Holmes and Watson. He tells them that his young assistant Vincent Spaulding, some weeks ago had shown him and urged him to respond to a newspaper want-ad offering work to only red-headed male applicants. The next morning, Wilson had waited in a long line of fellow red-headed men, was interviewed and was the only applicant hired, because none of the other applicant's had hair to match Wilson red locks. He was well-paid, four pounds a week, for several weeks of doing obviously useless clerical busywork in a lonely office, but finally one morning a sign on the locked office door inexplicably announced: "THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE IS DISSOLVED." Wilson then went to the landlord, who said that he'd never heard of Duncan Ross, the person who formed the league. The landlord did remember the tenant with scarlet hair and gives him a card witch directs Wilson an artificial knee company. He ends the story with how frustrated he is losing the four-pounds-a-week. Holmes and Watson laugh a little over the ridiculous situation, but Holmes assures that by Monday they would have the case solved. After Holmes' client Wilson leaves (having given the detective a description of Spaulding), Holmes decides to go and see Spaulding, whom Holmes notices has dirty trouser knees. Holmes then taps on the pavement in front of the pawnbroker's shop. With the case solved, he calls Inspector Jones and Mr. Merryweather. The four confront the thieves, John Clay and his helper William Morris (they were Spaulding and Ross in disguise), who had contrived the Red-Headed League rigamarole just to keep Wilson out of his shop while they did digging in the basement in order to break into the bank vault next door. Back at Baker Street, Holmes explains to Watson how he solved the case.
It has been noted that the dates given in the story do not match the characters' descriptions of time passing. The date that Wilson sees the advertisement is April 27, 1890 and he has been at work for 8 weeks (~2 months) at copying out in longhand, the Encyclopedia. However the date on the door telling of the league being dissolved is that of October 21, 1890, 6 months after the ad was placed. Dorothy L. Sayers analyzed this discrepancy and demonstrated that the dates must have been August 4 and October 4 respectively
These special, condensed novels are intended for English speakers to learn Arabic, by reading side by side versions of these simplified famous novels.