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Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

Arthur & George (original 2005; edition 2012)

by Julian Barnes

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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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In this historical novel, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's persona as a defender of justice is explored as he clears half-Indian George's name of a crime he didn't commit. The book is a fictional account of a true story and focuses on the incidents that led to Britain creating a court of appeals. It is impeccably researched and very well-written. Especially at the end, when all the pieces are dramatically coming together, you will be pulled along with the story. I only rated it 4 stars, however, because I felt it should have ended about a chapter before it did. ( )
  BethHatchel | Oct 31, 2015 |
This tells the intersecting stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the noted writer, and George Edalji, a solicitor who was wrongfully convicted of mutilating livestock. Doyle takes up Edalji's case to obtain him a free pardon and compensation. Along the way, there is a great deal to ponder. We become closely acquainted with the thought processes of both men: the careful, correct Edalji and the booming, passionate Doyle; their respective family situations; their very different experiences of fame. Edalji considers his sentence to be not just a sentence on him, but on his family as well, while Doyle wishes everyone would just shut up already about Sherlock Holmes. (When Doyle takes the case and publishes articles about it, the story is picked up around the world with variations on the headline "Sherlock Holmes investigates".)

This book is full of big ideas and little details. I particularly enjoyed the account of Doyle's time in Portsmouth (Southsea, to be precise), a place I'd recently visited and which has a collection of Doyle memorabilia in its city museum. I also loved that Edalji published a book of railway law for passengers---what a useful idea! Everyone should have a copy of something like that, and there should be one for air travel as well if there isn't already.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am already planning to reread it, this time with a pen and notebook handy to write down memorable passages. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 9, 2015 |
Hated this book,the story plodded along with no end in sight. I preferred the movie over the book in this case. ( )
  Amante | Oct 2, 2015 |
Rich and engrossing fictional account of the lives of Arthur Conan Doyle and George Eydalji, a young solicitor preposterously accused and convicted of a series of crimes that any modern devotee of forensic thrillers, literary or cinematic, would have instantly determined to be totally incompatible with his nature and his upbringing. Despite being quite sure of his innocence, I found George a bit hard to root for. And Arthur...well, several unflattering adjectives come to mind, merely proving once again that genius is often accompanied by baffling and unattractive personality traits. Good writing, good reading.

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  laytonwoman3rd | Sep 7, 2015 |
this is a fictionalized account of a meeting between arthur conan doyle and george, a wrongly convicted solicitor. a great story and great portrait of both men. am eager to read more barnes.
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  mahallett | Mar 6, 2015 |
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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.
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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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