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24 novels recommended by book-loving monks - a quick look at recommended works at each level from introductory to advanced!

In this article, we will introduce novels that we highly recommend for each level of readers, from beginners to advanced readers.

Basically, the books introduced here are all great books that I recommend with confidence. All of them are extremely interesting works, so please take a look at the linked pages for the books that interest you, regardless of whether they are categorized as introductory or advanced.

恐怖の谷British and German Literature, History and Culture

Conan Doyle's "Valley of Fear" Synopsis and Comments - My favorite in the Sherlock Holmes series!



It is true that "The Hound of the Baskervilles" is probably better known and more popular. Until I read "The Valley of Fear," I too thought of Holmes as "The Baskervilles.

But after reading "Valley of Fear," I was completely hooked on the fun of this work, and that is exactly why I read it over and over again.

バスカヴィル家の犬British and German Literature, History and Culture

Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" Synopsis and Thoughts - The best of the best mystery novels! One of the most popular Holmes series!






シャーロック・ホームズの冒険British and German Literature, History and Culture

Conan Doyle's "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" - The first short story collection with gems such as "The Ugly Tales of Bohemia" and "The Red Hair Guild".



My favorite case among them is still "The Ugly of Bohemia". First of all, the title is ridiculously stylish. I take my hat off to the translator's sense of word choice.

You can read the book at a leisurely pace, one a day, or read it all at once, and enjoy it in different ways.


Four SignaturesBritish and German Literature, History and Culture

Conan Doyle's "The Four Signatures" Synopsis and Comments - The Great Thames Chase! The second film that defined the Holmes series serial!




A Study in ScarletBritish and German Literature, History and Culture

Conan Doyle's "A Study in Scarlet" Synopsis and Comments - The memorable first novel in the Sherlock Holmes series!

Recently, I have been asked more and more often, "I don't usually read books, but are there any interesting novels that are easy to read even for me?


The Industrial Revolution and British and European Society

A. Warner, "Victorian London and Sherlock Holmes in Photographs" - A recommended book to learn the secrets of Holmes' popularity and historical background!

This book explains everything about Sherlock Holmes and why he became so popular. The book is easy to read and visualize as it is explained with many photos and documents.

I originally picked up this book to learn about the historical background of Marx's life, and as I had hoped, it was also very useful in learning about the social situation in late Victorian England.

I would highly recommend this work!

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Overview and Impressions of "Sharpening Your Observational Skills: Reading Famous Paintings" - If you change the way you look at things, you can change the world! A great book that I highly recommend students to read!

In this book, you will complete a number of practices through various paintings and works of art.

The practice through that famous Vermeer is extremely stimulating and interesting.

The details that can never be noticed by just looking at it casually. What is actually depicted in these paintings? This book will make you understand how we cannot see anything. Please read this book first to try it out. You will be shocked at how vague your view of the world is.

I was shocked at how big a difference there was between "seeing" and "watching.

This is an important skill for study, for work, and even for all of life. This is an amazing program that I hope many people will experience.

Kafka's City of Prague and Czech Literature