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My Favourite Book

   My favourite book is "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
   I first discovered these stories when I was about twelve and I've loved them ever since. They're brilliantly written, full of bizarre crimes and they've got a terrific Victorian atmosphere.
   When you read them you really feel like you've been carried back to nineteenth-century London.
   All the twentieth century detectives like Miss Marple and Inspector Morse seem really boring compared to Sherlock Holmes.
   That's where Conan Doyle, really makes you believe that Holmes is unique — a genius with amazing mental powers.
   Normally I only read detective stories once. I mean, why read them again when you know what happens in the end?
   With the Sherlock Holmes stories, though, its different.
   Each time I re-read them I discover more and more to enjoy.

Моя любимая книга

   Моя любимая книга — «Приключения Шерлока Холмса» сэра Артура Конан Дойла.
   Я впервые открыл для себя эти истории, когда мне было примерно двенадцать, и с тех пор я полюбил их. Они блестяще написаны, полны приключений, пропитаны потрясающей атмосферой Викторианской эпохи.
   Когда вы читаете их, вы действительно чувствуете, будто переноситесь в Лондон девятнадцатого столетия.
   Все детективы двадцатого столетия, такие как мисс Марпл и инспектор Морзе, кажутся действительно скучными по сравнению с Шерлоком Холмсом.
   Вот где Конан Дойл действительно заставляет вас верить, что Холмс уникален, что он гений с удивительными умственными способностями.
   Обычно я читаю детективные романы один раз. Я имею в виду, зачем читать их снова, когда вы знаете все, что случается в конце?
   С историями Шерлока Холмса, тем не менее, все по-другому.
   Каждый раз, когда я перечитываю их, я обнаруживаю, что это доставляет мне все больше удовольствия.

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