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Title:Arthur & George
Authors:Julian Barnes
Info:Vintage (2012), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 512 pages
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Arthur & George by Julian Barnes (2005)

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Julian Barnes is always entertaining and all of his books are very different. This is one of the most compulsively readable and centres on the stories of George Edalji, a British Indian lawyer who was the victim of a notorious miscarriage of justice, and Arthur Conan Doyle who campaigned to overturn the conviction. Intelligent, educational and highly enjoyable. ( )
  bodachliath | Nov 11, 2014 |
I have always admired tHe elegant writing of Julian Barnes. And there was much to like in this fictional account of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his support of George against the prejudices and incompetencies of the police and legal establishment. Impressive research and evocation of Victorian England and it's moral codes. And Barnes captures the subtle complexities of relationships so well. ( )
  LARA335 | Nov 9, 2014 |
Description of the lives of 2 unique characters in the England of around 1900.
George Edlaji,is the son of a Parsee countryside vicar and of his scottish wife. Due to his background and eduction is he is quite unique. He becomes a lawyer in a nearby city. He is the victim of a defamation campaign which culminates in the mutilation of animals. He gets arrested and found guilty. Freed he asks for the help of Arthur Doyle.
Arthur descends from mothers side from declining nobility. His father is weak and addicted to liquor. Arthur becomes a doctor, but knows success thought his dectective novels of Sherlock Holmes. He has a strong sense of justice and accepts the case of George.
Arthus will succeed in proving the innocence of George, but he cumbersome English establishment will not follow him completely.
As a consequence of this controversial affair the court of appeal will be created.

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quite unique detective history (based on true facts)
well written
magnificent description of those 2 totally different lives, which will in the end get entangled
Quite some attention is given to the belief in spiritism of Arthur.

Conclusion:
Well written out of life detective story. ( )
  albertkep | Feb 2, 2014 |
Based on actual events, Barnes' novel is about a young man who was convicted of animal mutilation, and Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to exonerate him.

Other than the animal mutilation, which was integral to the book, I enjoyed it. I generally find it interesting whan an author takes an obscure event and creates a work of fiction.

The writing was strong and the characters were exceptionally well-drawn, each speaking in an authentic, distinct voice. This is the first book I've read by this author, and I would definitely read his work again. ( )
  bookwoman247 | Jan 11, 2014 |
Going into this book I did not realize how much of it was inspired by actual events. At the end in the author's note when Barnes mentions that all of the letters/newspaper articles (except for one) used in this story were authentic and quoted verbatim I was super surprised. The narrative seemed so compelling and fantastic; it certainly came across as more of a "rip-roaring yarn" than real life. I don't doubt that Barnes spiced up all of the in between bits to make the story more readable, but still... to mash together truth and fiction as seamlessly as he did is quite an achievement.

I thought that parts of this book dragged a little and were a bit dry (e.g. some of the trial scenes), but it was very enjoyable on the whole. Also, reading this has definitely inspired me to take a deeper look into the bibliography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you are drawn to stories about late-Victorian Britain then this seems like a book you'd almost certainly enjoy. ( )
  andrewreads | Jan 10, 2014 |
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Barnes’s suave, elegant prose — alive here with precision, irony and humaneness — has never been used better than in this extraordinary true-life tale, which is as terrifically told as any by its hero Conan Doyle himself.
added by simon_carr | editThe Times, Peter Kemp (Jun 26, 2005)
 
For all the numerous retellings of Conan Doyle's life, it is hard to imagine that Barnes's semi-fictional version could be bettered in texture or acuity. In his elegant mini-chapters, he unpacks the writer's extraordinary rites of passage: his famous failure as an ophthalmologist; his work on a whaling ship; his sporting prowess - batting for the MCC, skiing Alpine passes; his heroism in the Boer War.
 
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize . Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. This is a novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all it is a profound and moving meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove.

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Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George remains in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events which made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages.… (more)

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