Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All Time by Stefan Bechtel

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Read Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All Time Online Free - Is it possible to make direct contact with the dead? Do the departed seek to make contact with us? The conviction that both things are true was the cornerstone of spiritualism, a kind of do-it-yourself religion that swept the Western world from the 1850s to the 1930s. Prominent artists and poets, prime ministers and scientists, all joined hands around the seance table. But the movement's most famous spokesman by far was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose public quarrels with Houdini over the truth of spiritualism made headlines across the country.

Known to the world as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle had undergone what many considered an enigmatic transformation, turning his back on the hyper-rational Holmes and plunging into the supernatural. What was it that convinced a brilliant man, the creator of the great exemplar of cold, objective thought, that there was a reality beyond reality?

Though most modern sources make Conan Doyle out to be a kindly but credulous old fool, and though the spiritualist era was rife with fraud, Stefan Bechtel and Laurence Roy Stains take a closer look. They reexamine the old records of trance mediums and seances, and they discover that what Conan Doyle and his colleagues uncovered is as difficult to dismiss now as it was then.

Title : Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All Time
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ISBN : 125007679X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Glen rated it ★★★★☆

August 07, 2017

I won this book in a goodreads drawing. This examination of the Spiritualism movement and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's part in it makes one grievous error. It makes the mistake that the spiritualism is dead. To be sure, the movement has changed quite a bit from the nineteenth century, but anybody who...

Terri rated it ★★★★★

March 12, 2018

Arthur Conan Doyle is best known for Sherlock Holmes. that said, he was a fascinating man who wanted to believe in the paranormal. He was a leading figure in the Spiritualism movement. This book is about that as well as the movement's highs and Lows and his feud with Houdini over the whole thing....

Dawn rated it ★★★☆☆

July 24, 2017

I received a copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway. The book is well-written as whole, but as other reviewers have noted, it just doesn't contribute anything fresh. The author explores Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's rather naive adherence to spiritualism and its irony in the context of his day job a...

Meghan rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Religion, literature, seances, has it all!! The authors do a fantastic job in making a history book read like a thriller. Highly recommend!

Linda rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 13, 2017

Easy enough to read although I found I already knew most of what they wrote. There really isn't enough in this book about Conan Doyle to justify the title. A bit of a grab bag, with chapters on the Fox sisters, the fake fairy photographs, Houdini's death, his wife's attempts to contact him, the M...

Ronnie rated it ★★★★☆

August 09, 2017

A fascinating amalgam of history, biography, and ghost story that should appeal to skeptics and believers alike. The book 'aspires to be a jolly romp' (rather than a scholarly treatise) and succeeds.

John rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

I found "Through a Glass, Darkly" to be a fascinating, very well written, researched and an intriguing book that I really enjoyed and I would recommend to anyone. It was a real page turner and hard to put down. I won this great book on GoodReads and like I do with most my wins I will be paying it...

Kevin rated it ★★★☆☆

March 20, 2018

This was actually an ARC I read, but it did not detract from the experience. Editing was quite good and the subject matter was interesting; for the most part. There was quite a bit of detail on various Mediums prior to Doyle's involvement. It provided a needed history of the Spiritualist movement,...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

September 08, 2017

The writing was good and the story easy to follow - the topic is not something I would normally have been immediately attracted to: the quasi-religious popularity of Spiritualism as represented by the enormous personality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous popular author of the late 19th C. Bechte...

Cherylann rated it ★★★☆☆

August 18, 2017

Interesting to see what the author of Sherlock was up to after concluding the Canon. His response to the readers unquenchable demand for more Sherlock after the Detective's untimely death at Victoria Falls had echoes in Conan Doyle's own unquenchable thirst for more with the inexhaustible investi...

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