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Arthur George

Summary Arthur George ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Summary Arthur George As boys George the son of a Midlands vicar and Arthur living in shabby genteel Edinburgh find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire Years lat. It is all in the themes I guess and few writers write about themes that get under my skin in uite the same way that Barnes does All the same I d better not run ahead of myselfThis book is based on a true story I had wondered if it was true as I was reading it and although I knew that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was or less real if somewhat larger than life there was still the possibility that Barnes had just slotted him into a work of otherwise complete fiction to make some sort of point or other probably to do with Sherlock Holmes I knew nothing of course of George Edaliji despite it turns out the important role his case proved in later legal history Like in A Clockwork Orange there are few fears greater than when incredibly stupid people have complete power over you There is nothing frightening than people who know something is the case know it with all of their hearts To be the victim of such irrational certainty is a terrifying idea and one that occurs far too often in realityIt is hard not to love a story in which a great wrong is committed particularly if there is then also hope of redemption You know Christianity would have remained just a curious little Jewish sect if it wasn t for the aching need people have for redemption The best of fiction and this is the best of fiction presents human redemption in a way that is much convincing and to me at least much moving than religion does I suspect that I simply don t have the imagination reuired to believe in humanity wide redemption and can only cope with an individual level redemptionAs I m writing this review I m trying to avoid needing to put a spoiler alert on it Look it is easy to find the story behind this novel Wikipedia was where I turned when my curiosity got the better of me fortunately late enough in the novel for me to have worked out how this story was likely to pan out but they are called spoilers for good reason There were parts of this story which I was very glad I did not know what happened next beforehand I was born with a rather bad astigmatism so I have a natural affinity with anyone similarly afflicted I also have spent the last eight years representing people who have found themselves in trouble and were unable to represent themselves So there were many parts of this book in which I saw myself reflected back at me if in a slightly distorted mirror The bits I ve mentioned are the parts where this is easiest to mention where it can be mentioned with some sense of self satisfaction at least in part Where I saw myself and found it much harder to continue looking was around the relationship between Sir Arthur and Jane particularly after his first wife died and his daughter told him that her mother said on her deathbed no less that he would be likely to marry again I ve played exactly these sorts of games too and like everyone else who has played them I ve lost and won in much the same ways Few writers capture the complexity of human relations sexual as well as emotional for me with uite the same shock of recognition that Barnes doesAnd then there s death of course Barnes has made a concerted effort over recent years to make this theme his own as if he is laying claim to the kingdom of death in contemporary fiction Or at least the kingdom of thinking about the nature of death and why it haunts us so much He reminds me of a modern day Montaigne Montaigne said somewhere in his essays that his way of confronting the horrors of death was to think about it at least once a day so that thereby he would make it familiar and so no longer something that needed to be feared The scene at the end of this book where George confronts the ubiuity of death on a walk about a park on a pleasant Sunday evening is a lovely example of this most human and possibly inevitable of preoccupationsHolmes is also a constant shadow across this book It is a strange thing I nearly finished reading all of the Holmes stories recently but one of the things that was completely clear was that Doyle didn t enjoy writing them particularly not the stories after Holmes came back from the dead There is a snideness in the writing that needs to be ignored to really enjoy the stories This is something Barnes makes clear in this book too But he also plays with Holmes in other ways this is after all a detective mystery and having Doyle in the staring role makes interesting comparisons inevitablePerhaps my favourite part of the entire book is where Doyle spends a weekend with Captain Anson and like Shakespeare Barnes puts the most fascinating and thought provoking lines in the mouth of the least likeable characterThe other thing this book does is make you think about how easy it is to put ideas into people s heads and how hard it is to get those ideas out of your head again Was George a sexual deviant Was he too fond of his sister How easy it is to pollute the mind of someone And how easy it is for us to get carried away and to do too much for someone we want to help and thereby destroy whatever hope we had of truly helping them in the first placeAnd racism of course racism is a horribly obvious theme in this book whether George admits it or notYou might find this book a bit slow but it will get under your skin Like the best fiction always does it keeps coming into my mind and Barnes has handled these intricate and complex of themes in ways that can t do anything other than fascinate

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Summary Arthur George ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Summary Arthur George Eir fates become inextricably connectedIn Arthur George Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry of late Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel ye. I give five stars sparingly so I was torn between giving and four and a five here Ultimately though when I considered that I d put aside all other tasks one weekend to devote to finishing this book I decided that this was five star materialThe last book I d read by Barnes England England was a bit of a disappointment it came off it seemed to me like second rate Tom Sharpe But this book was a different matter I especially liked the way it unfolded alternating from one central character to the other shedding light on both in the process I resisted going to the Internet to see if in fact Barnes had created the George character and when after finishing the book I read that George was based on a real person the creation of the character seemed even impressive There s a realism underpinning the book that speaks to how shall I put this mature audiences Let s just say after fifty or so a measured approach to life emerges and as such speaking personally here there s less patience with relentlessly upbeat or rosily romantic themes Arthur and George resonates on a variety of levels not the least of which is a clear eyed appraisal of the nature of relationships personal romantic and family Finally those interested in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods will be struck by how effortlessly Barnes puts the reader into that milieu

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Summary Arthur George ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Summary Arthur George Er one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife–th. What a great premise for a work of historical fiction Take a larger than life figure known to all make him larger still and overlay his story on top of one with little fame but deserving of The acclaimed character was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who turned out to be even intriguing than his detective stories would suggest From early days in Mam s kitchen listening to chivalric tales of adventure to heroics in sports and at war Arthur liked thinking of himself as an honorable knight of the realm Sherlock if anything is downplayed in this account while the events ultimately connecting Arthur to George are brought to the fore Without tripping the spoiler alarm I can say that George had a stolid less imaginative life growing up in a vicarage His small bit of fame made uite a story though And thanks to Arthur post Victorian England came to know it And thanks to Julian Barnes we ve come to know it too Barnes made the telling seem so effortless He evoked the formal era but in a readable way What s he gave the characters plausible words and thoughts It was well researched clearly often using personal letters as sources The only reason I take a star away from an otherwise fabulous book is that an extrapolation in George s thoughts at the end didn t ring true for me I strongly recommend 998% of this book and I thank the astute Anglophile I married for recommending it to me


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    EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] A thoroughly enjoyable and from what I can divine historically accurate telling of the intersecting lives of George Edalji and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The former being the earnest son of a country Vicar a myopic solicitor who also happens to be half South Asian in ancestry The latter being the fascinating chivalrous athletic literary inventor of Sherlock Holmes Their lives meet for less than a year when Doyle

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    EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] Free read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Julian Barnes Julian Barnes · 0 characters THE BLURB As boys George the son of a Midlands vicar and Arthur living in shabby genteel Edinburgh find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire Years later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman w

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    Julian Barnes · 0 characters Free read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Julian Barnes EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] It is all in the themes I guess and few writers write about themes that get under my skin in uite the same way that Barnes does All t

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    EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] The eponymous Arthur is Arthur Conan Doyle who is living in Edinburgh George is the son of a Midlands vicar The no

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    Summary Arthur George Julian Barnes · 0 characters Free read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Julian Barnes Arthur George is historical fiction at its best This novel trails two lives George an Anglo Indian son of a vicar and the famed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle George who is possibly on the Asperger syndrome spectru

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    EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] Summary Arthur George What a great premise for a work of historical fiction Take a larger than life figure known to all make him larger still and overlay his story on top of one with little fame but deserving of The acclaimed character was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who turned out to be even intriguing than his detective stories would su

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    Summary Arthur George EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] Julian Barnes · 0 characters I find reading about real life miscarriages of justice very disturbing particularly when they occur in a country with a well developed legal system in which the rule of law prevails They make interesting reading though and this account of an early 20th century miscarriage of justice is no exception It's made all the interesting by the involvement of the “Arthur” of the title – Arthur Conan Doyle The story should be better

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    Summary Arthur George Free read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Julian Barnes Julian Barnes · 0 characters I give five stars sparingly so I was torn between giving and four and a five here Ultimately though when I considered that I'd put aside all other tasks one weekend to devote to finishing this book I decided that this was five star materialThe last book I'd read by Barnes England England was a bit of a disappointment it came off it seemed to me like second rate Tom Sharpe But this book was a different matter I especiall

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    Free read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Julian Barnes EBOOK / PDF [Arthur George] Julian Barnes · 0 characters The lives of two very different men intersected in the early 20th Century Arthur Conan Doyle was the famous author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries a medical doctor and a sportsman George Edalji was the son of a Vicar fro

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    Julian Barnes · 0 characters Free read ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · Julian Barnes Summary Arthur George Revisited for the 2019 Mookse Madness tournamentA book I originally read for my Book Group in 2006 alongside re reading a number of Sherlock Holmes stories I would count myself as a Holmes fan having read all of the original adventures and short storiesThis novel tells two stories from childhood – Arthur Conan Doyle an

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  • Paperback
  • 445
  • Arthur George
  • Julian Barnes
  • English
  • 15 December 2019
  • 9781400097036