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characters Arthur George review Arthur George 103 Julian Barnes º 3 read & download Le but to their dismay he appears to suspect George of being the letters' author Then someone starts slashing horses and livestock Again the police seem to suspect the shy aloof Birmingham solicitor He is arrested and on the flimsiest evidence sent to trial found guilty and sentenced to seven years' hard labourArthur Conan Doyle famous as the creator of the world's greatest detective is mourning his first wife having been chastely in love for ten years with the woman who was to become his second when he hears about the Edjali case Incensed at this obvious miscarriage of justice he is galvanised into trying to clear George's nameWith a mixture of detailed research and vivid imagination Julian Barnes brings to life not just this long forgotten case but the inner lives of thes. 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 spectrum suffers racism and prejudice from the all white English children doesn t look like much has changed in parts of the UK today at school As an adult little has changed in the small town as George is framed and sentenced for a crime that he has not committedArthur who would appear manic or bi polar in the modern era sees a chance to become his own Sherlock Holmes type in real life and takes on the case gratisPart of the secret to the success of the novel I feel is that Julian Barnes also wrote crime fiction for a while under an alias and he really utilises those skills in Arthur George This novel is a wonderful exploration of the ideologies of the era with deep characterisation It moves seamlessly between multiple genre from realist to drama to thriller to crime to courtroom drama It s a marvelous work and a must read for any lover of historical or literary fiction It s magnificent

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characters Arthur George review Arthur George 103 Julian Barnes º 3 read & download Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2005Arthur 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 seuence of events which made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley OutragesGeorge Edjali's father is Indian his mother Scottish When the family begins to receive vicious anonymous letters many about their son they put it down to racial prejudice They appeal to the police to no less than the Chief Constab. 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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characters Arthur George review Arthur George 103 Julian Barnes º 3 read & download E two very different men The reader sees them both with stunning clarity and almost inhabits them as they face the vicissitudes of their lives whether in the dock hearing a verdict of guilty or trying to live an honourable life while desperately in love with another woman This is a novel in which the events of a hundred years ago constantly set off contemporary echoes a novel about low crime and high spirituality guilt and innocence identity nationality and race; about what we think what we believe and what we know Julian Barnes has long been recognised as one of Britain's most remarkable writers While those already familiar with his work will enjoy its elegance its wit its profound wisdom about the human condition Arthur George will surely find him an entirely new audience. 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 from India The extremely near sighted man with a logical mind studied law George was a victim of unfounded accusations and convicted of a crime he did not commit Racial prejudice and a web of speculation rather than the truth led to George s conviction Arthur was upset with the miscarriage of justice and worked to clear George s nameThe beginning of the book was very choppy with alternating short chapters about the boyhoods of each man but the later chapters became longer and smoother I enjoyed learning about the life of Arthur Conan Doyle his family the causes he championed and his interest in spiritualism George Edalji s story was told in great detail and with compassion The book explored themes of truth honor justice racial prejudice and faith 35 stars

  • Hardcover
  • 360
  • Arthur George
  • Julian Barnes
  • English
  • 24 March 2018
  • 9780224077033

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    EBOOK DOWNLOAD [Arthur George] AUTHOR Julian Barnes 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 litera

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