Arthur And George Paperback – 2006
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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub the Date: 2006 07 Pages: 512 Publisher: Vintage Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century itain: 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 ought 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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But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity." -- Proverbs 21:15 (NKJV)
Many people primarily know about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, something he didn't take as much comfort from as his fans did. After a number of years, Sir Arthur began looking into cases of seeming injustice to employ his skills as a crime thinker. This book considers the most highly visible and important of those investigations, the conviction of an innocent man, solicitor George Edalji, who was a victim of racial prejudice in part and an incompetent court system in part. Sir Arthur was also a dedicated student of what was called spiritualism, had a most unusual relationship with his mother, and courted his second wife in a most unusual way.
Julian Barnes intertwines the stories of the two men to illuminate our understanding of them, their times, and their nation. In doing so, he draws on authentic letters and quotations to ground his "fiction" in plenty of fact. The result resembles something a bit better than the so-called new journalism that some use to report news stories today in fictionalized form.
I have read about the facts covered by this book in a number of different forms, and I was blown away by how much more effective Mr. Barnes' approach is for making the story interesting, lively, and revealing. As a result, I added a lot to my understanding, even though I thought I didn't need to do so.
Bravo, Mr. Barnes!
Alternately uplifting and saddening, Arthur & George is always moving. The middle portion of the novel, which elaborates on Arthur's relationships, goes on a bit too long, but overall it is an engaging read. Highly recommended.
A really good story. I definitely recommend Arthur and George to any who are ardent readers of well written, fascinating books. I have to agree the centre section is overly long, an introspection by Arther about his honour to his wife and his love of another held in abeyance. However, I am so glad I persevered past that part.
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