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 etters 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 The ives 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 ogical mind studied aw 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 ed 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 The Accidental Beauty Queen later chapters becameonger and smoother I enjoyed earning about the ife 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 THE BLURB As boys George the son of a Midlands vicar and Arthur iving in shabby genteel Edinburgh find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire Years ater one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry the other creating the world s most famous detective while in Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars, love with a woman who is not his wife their fates become inextricably connectedIn Arthur George Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry ofate Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel yet It s the first time ever that I immediately within seconds after starting the book had to confirm the meaning of a word tourism Yes imagined thatThe author starts this book with this introductory paragraph A child wants to see It always begins ike this and it began ike this then A child wanted to see He was able to walk and could reach up to a door handle He did this with nothing that could be called a purpos Arthur George is historical fiction at its best This novel trails two ives 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 ook This Forsaken Earth like much has changed in parts of the UK today at school As an adultittle 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 The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) 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 anyover of historical or iterary fiction It s magnificent 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 ast book I d read by Barnes England England was a bit of a disappointment it came off it seemed to me Campfire like second rate Tom Sharpe But this book was a different matter I especiallyiked the it unfolded alternating one central character to the other shedding ight 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 ife emerges and as such speaking personally here there s Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars less patience with relentlessly upbeat or rosily romantic themes Arthur and George resonates on a variety ofevels not the east of which is a clear eyed appraisal of the nature of relationships personal romantic and family Finally those interested in the ate Victorian and Edwardian periods will be the nature of relationships personal romantic and family Finally those interested in the Crazy Love late Victorian and Edwardian periods will be by how effortlessly Barnes puts the reader into that milieu A thoroughly enjoyable and from what I can divine historically accurate telling of the intersectingives 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 Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society latter being the fascinating chivalrous athleticiterary inventor of Sherlock Holmes Their lives meet for ess than a year when Doyle comes across Edalji s case one which meet for ess than a year when Doyle comes across Edalji s case one which only be described as a grave miscarriage of justice and does everything in his power to right George s wronged nameThis is the first time I have read a book by Julian Barnes and I m very impressed This was meticulously researched and beautifully written He brought out the characters fairly without being overly sentimental He was uite thorough beginning at childhood for both the main characters so it isn t until the halfway point that Arthur and George finally meet While this provides richness to the story it also makes for a rather slow start to the bookIn addition to following the case which highlights the racism experienced by an English man in his own country there is going on here Stories of ove and marriages and themes of religious belief including the controversial spiritism ight the pages The contrast of George s small and humble Black Heart, Red Ruby life with Doyle s far reaching enigmatic one The power of rumour and suggestion I also was very interes. Le but to their dismay he appears to suspect George of being theetters' author Then someone starts slashing horses and ivestock 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 abourArthur Conan Doyle famous as the creator of the world's greatest detective is mourning his first wife having been chastely in New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood 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 toife not just this Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey long forgotten case but the innerives of thes. ,
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 ess real if somewhat arger than ЯED 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 inater egal 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 ove 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 The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs 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 ateast 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 Moreno 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 fortunatelyate enough in the novel for me to have worked out how this story was Monsieur Pain 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 theast 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 A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author least in part Where I saw myself and found it much harder to continueooking 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 What If less that he would beikely to marry again I ve played exactly these sorts of games too and The Exhaustion Breakthrough like everyone else who has played them I veost 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 The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good laying claim to the kingdom of death in contemporary fiction Or ateast 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 Supplemental Book least once a day so that thereby he would make it familiar and so noonger 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 ovely 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 "Holmes in other ways this is after all 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 ike Shakespeare Barnes puts the most fascinating and thought provoking Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners lines in the mouth of theeast ikeable 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 What a great premise for a work of historical fiction Take a arger than Bidadari yang Mengembara life figure known to all make himarger still and overlay his story on top of one with ittle fame but deserving of The acclaimed of one with ittle fame but deserving of The acclaimed 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 stories would suggest From early days in Mam s kitchen to chivalric tales of adventure to heroics in sports and at war Arthur La strada delle croci 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 stolidess imaginative ife 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. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2005Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in ate 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 The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth letters many about their son they put it down to racial prejudice They appeal to the police to noess than the Chief Constab.
Summary Arthur GeorgeTed in how Doyle found real ife sleuthing somehow deflating vs the way truth shows itself in satisfying drama in booksOther tidbits I savoured ACD felt embarrassed and punished by the character of his famous detective guests at Sir Arthur s 2nd wedding featured Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, literaryuminaries such as Bram Stoker and JM Barrie Doyle investigated and helped to exonerate other wrongfully convicted people in his ife and also played amateur sleuth in the 5 day disappearance of new mystery writer Agatha ChristieNot a fast page turner this is a rich and thoughtful homage to two very differing people who had a meaningful impact on each other s ives The eponymous Arthur is Arthur Conan Doyle who is The West Transformed living in Edinburgh George is the son of a Midlands vicar The novel is set inate Victorian Britain and follows the ives of both boys through to adulthood One follows Law the other Medicine One is a victim of a series of bizarre pranks neither s destiny is what it first appears to be For the first half of the book they are unaware of each other s existence One experiences outrageous accusation the other unrivalled success One stands in the dock owing to a miscarriage of justice whilst the other has the success he desired but at a price What is believed to be true may not be true Faith ambition English reserve honour racism self recrimination and guilt all play a part George Edalji has issues about his identity he is a Parsee iving in genteel Victorian society How these two ives intertwine is intriguing and cleverly written but there are passages about the mutilation of horses which are relentlessly cruel and upsetting These may well be based on real ife events The novel is pseudohistoricalThis novel has a uniue concept that of following the Paper Chasers life story of a famous celebrated writer but giving eual weight to another person whoseife history has been entirely forgotten I find reading about real The Complete Polly and the Wolf life miscarriages of justice very disturbing particularly when they occur in a country with a well developedegal system in which the rule of VOYAGES DE GRANDE CROISIERE 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 known given its importance to the Englishegal system and therefore to egal systems based on the English systemWhile Arthur Conan Doyle needs no introduction I d not heard of the George of the title previously He is George Edalji an Anglo Indian solicitor and son of a clergyman The narrative in alternating chapters follows the ives of both men from childhood onwards It s a well written novel that in content although not in style reads Pookie-Pie: A Sweet Bedtime Story like non fiction As far as I can gather from some cursory research on the interwebs Barnes got the history right Not much can be said about that history without going into spoilers Suffice to say the miscarriage of justice sees Edjali convicted or a crime he didn t commit and Doyle involved in a campaign to exonerate him Those aspects of the narrative were uite enough to ensure that theawyer in me remained interested However this is also in effect a biography of Conan Doyle I ve read my fair share of Sherlock Holmes stories but I m not a die hard fan and I wouldn t have gone out of my way to read a conventional biography of their author There was a section in the middle of the book dealing if I remember correctly with Conan Doyle s marital woes that I found ess then totally compelling but still interesting enough I ve not read Barnes before although I ve always meant to I iked his prose a ot I also iked the narrative structure the evocation of time and place and the manner in which the two central characters are developed However in this case it s the book for me rather than the author While I don t see myself racing off to read Barnes entire oeuvre I very much enjoyed reading this sample of it Anyone with an "Interest In The Legal "in the A Warlocks Dance (The Cursed Princes, legal will probably have a similar reaction 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 and George Edalji a half caste son a Parsee Staffordshire vicar George and his family do not mix with the community partly from the prejudice they encounter but partly on his father s strict views of proper behaviour George is myopic andonely but trains as a solicitor and publishes a book on railway aw His family as well as others in the parish are victims of a or possibly several hate campaigns These cease for a ong period but then resume with a series of My First Kitten livestock mutilations the police always convinced that George was perpetrator of the initial hoaxes on his own family arrest him and he is convicted on circumstantial evidence and only released after several years and with no pardon despite a public outcryArthur by then sick of Sherlock Holmes and at the timeethargic finds his interest in ife awakened by finally agreeing
take on one of many cases that are sent to him unsolicited due to his fictional creation and crusades on George s behalf We earn much about Arthur s growing interest in spiritualism and belief that the 20th Century will provide a scientific breakthrough in understanding of the afterlife The most interesting parts are when Arthur confronts the police chief with his clear view of George s innocence and of the actual truth and is in turn confronted with the view that the real world of crime solving and jury persuasion as well as the notions of guiltinnocence and of what it means to know something are much greyer in real ife than in the black and white world of HolmesThe book is written in different chapters from the viewpoint of different characters and in a kind of old fashioned pseudo biographical style which is the same for all characters The book is surprisingly gripping and definitely an enjoyable read although the ending seemed an anti climax although partly this was I think deliberate making the very point about the ack of clear cut endings in real ife. E two very different men The reader sees them both with stunning clarity and almost inhabits them as they face the vicissitudes of their ives whether in the dock hearing a verdict of guilty or trying to Loyal to His Lies live an honourableife while desperately in The Favorite Daughter love with another woman This is a novel in which the events of a hundred years ago constantly set off contemporary echoes a novel aboutow 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 ong 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.To Take On One Of