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Through the Magic Door

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Through the Magic Door by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a delightful exploration of literature and the joy of reading. Doyle takes readers on a journey through his personal library, sharing his favorite books and authors along the way. His passion for reading is evident on every page, and his insights into the power of storytelling are both illuminating and inspiring.

One of the highlights of the book is Doyle's discussion of the importance of reading for pleasure, rather than simply for intellectual growth. He argues that reading should be a source of joy and escape, a sentiment that will resonate with any book lover. Doyle also offers thoughtful reflections on the nature of literature, touching on themes such as the impact of technology on storytelling and the enduring power of great works of fiction.

Throughout Through the Magic Door, Doyle's love for literature shines through, making it a heartfelt and engaging read for anyone who shares his passion for books. Whether you're a seasoned reader or just starting out on your literary journey, this book is sure to leave you with a newfound appreciation for the magic of the written word. Highly recommended for anyone who believes in the transformative power of a good book.

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I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, nor how lowly the room which it adorns. Close the door of that room behind you, shut off with it all the cares of the outer world, plunge back into the soothing company of the great dead, and then you are through the magic portal into that fair land whither worry and vexation can follow you no more. You have left all that is vulgar and all that is sordid behind you. There stand your noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks. Pass your eye down their files. Choose your man. And then you have but to hold up your hand to him and away you go together into dreamland. Surely there would be something eerie about a line of books were it not that familiarity has deadened our sense of it. Each is a mummified soul embalmed in cere-cloth and natron of leather and printer's ink. Each cover of a true book enfolds the concentrated essence of a man. The personalities of the writers have faded into the thinnest shadows, as their bodies into impalpable dust, yet here are their very spirits at your command (Chapter I).

In this volume, Arthur Conan Doyle invites us into his library and discusses his favourite literature with the listener.

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