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 later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous... show more
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 who is not his wife–their fates become inextricably connected.In Arthur & George, Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry of late-Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel yet.
Publish date: January 9th 2007
Publisher: Vintage International
Pages no: 445
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
This was overall not very fascinating. It felt immensly drawn out, so that even the brilliant language couldn't salvage any kind of tension. The first third had tension - and suspense. But it went down the drain over the many, many pages. The many stories within the story, the many characterizatio...
In a blend of history and fiction, Arthur Conan Doyle and George end up being involved in each other's lives through George's wrongful conviction for animal mutilation. This brings about the court of criminal appeal. Interesting but someties a bit overdone.
Pretty great book, interesting introduction into the lives of Arthur & George (as the title might suggest it to be). I liked the juxtaposition between the characters and upbringings of the two men, and I also like how I only realised 'Arthur' was Arthur Conan Doyle, a well-known author who actually ...
Well-written, feel good novel about a classic author and a misunderstood loner, taken into the world of late-victorian coming of age/courtroom drama/mystery. Is it just me, or are recent books taking on as many hats as they possibly can afford? I have to compare this one to Dan Simmons's Drood in ...
This was one good book and it has officially made me a fan of mr Julian Barnes. I had read "Cafe au lait" before this, and it didn't impress me that much, but "Arthur & George" is a completely different story. For a start, it's clear that an impressive amount of work has been put in order to write t...