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Arthur and George

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic

    In 1903, solicitor George Edalji is arrested and convicted of mutilating cattle and other farm animals as well as writing threatening letters. He is sent to prison and disbarred from practicing law.----- In 1906 Arthur Conan Doyle still grieves the loss of his beloved life when he learns of the case that some claim is the result of racism. He does a perfunctory review and quickly learns that police and others have harassed the Edalji family before the arrest and apparently continue to do so. He digs deeper as the investigation helps him out of his morbid funk until he concludes that the extremely near-sighted George, who can barely see and was obviously a logical rational person, could not have committed these atrocious acts. Doyle begins a campaign to free George and get him reinstated as a lawyer.------ This is a terrific fictionalized account of a real event as Doyle actually undertook a campaign to free the imprisoned Edalji. The investigation grips the audience who will receive a taste of Edwardian England¿s darker societal practices as much as insight into the two lead characters. Readers will understand how the intelligent George became a victim and how Arthur turned to spiritualism when logic especially that of his society failed him. The details make this a fabulous historical fiction that will shock the audience with its equivalency to the Emile Zola-Dreyfus Affair.----- Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    In the middle of it right now....

    I would have to say the story is both engaging and inspiring. I picked this book up in London two months ago. It has taken me some time to read it due to other obligations. It has kept me up for the past two evenings. Believe me, if it keeps me up to read, then it holds my interest. Do not miss this excellent piece of literature.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Julian Barnes is in my opinion an excellent storyteller.

    This is not a ho-hum story. The author has used the uncommon style of telling the two main characters' stories simultaneously, thereby keeping the reader intimately involved in their personalities, vital to understanding the ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Recommended

    I enjoyed Arthur & George very much. It is well written, and while speculative, is justifiably so. The use of actual letters and newspaper articles in the course of the narrative lends credibility to the elements that Barnes must have imagined. Recommended.

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