- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099492733
- ISBN-13: 978-0099492733
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A beautiful and engrossing work" (Independent on Sunday)
"Richly accomplished... Dazzling" (Sunday Times)
"Excellent... Meticulously researched and vividly imagined, both gripping and thoughtful" (Sunday Telegraph)
"From the first paragraphs we know ourselves to be in the hands of a major novelist... A compelling narrative, beautifully controlled... This novel is Barnes at his best" (P D James The Times)
"As ever, Barnes serves up a master-class in character observation, lavishing attention on the minutiae of personality, the subtle and conflicting impulses that drive men and women. Barnes seems equipped to write with humour and elegance about anything he turns his attention to" (Financial Times)
'A beautiful and engrossing work.' (The Independent on Sunday)
'Richly accomplished ... Dazzling.' (The Sunday Times)
'Excellent ... Meticulously researched and vividly imagined, both gripping and thoughtful.' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'From the [start] we know ourselves to be in the hands of a major novelist ... A compelling narrative, beautifully controlled ... This novel is Barnes at his best.' (The Times)
'As ever, Barnes serves up a master class in character observation, lavishing attention on the minutiae of personality, the subtle and conflicting impulses that drive men and women. Barnes seems equipped to write with humour and elegance about anything he turns his attention to.' (The Financial Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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It almost reads like a thriller. You are so keen to find out what happens next and yet the events in the book are also treated with a comfortable safeness that is the very essence of what it feels like to live in England: big issues are there but they are normalised to hold them at bay. You feel comforted by the normality but irritated at the same time.
Barnes tackles the notion of 'how things look' and 'how things are' really well. Given that we live in such a celebrity obsessed age that only cares about how things look and believes there is truth in how things appear, then the ideas the book tackles are very relevant and real. Yet somehow the whole thing is done by telling you a really good story with complex intellectual ideas carefully woven into the narrative.
I had to ration myself the last hundred pages because I was enjoying reading it so much and particularly the chapter where Arthur goes to see Anson(?) - the best chapter in the book!It's also very atmospheric, you really do experience the smell and feel of Edwardian England.
Arthur & George is a super book for two reasons: Barnes' accomplished, brilliant writing, the tone of which is matched faultlessly to the time-period concerned, and the portrait of the two main characters. Indeed, this is the novels central triumph, the presentation and investigation of the psyche's of both men, Arthur and George. George is, actually, by far the more interesting of the two figures. Son of an immigrant who is now a respected vicar, he's largely isolated at school, a solemn lad who largely misunderstands (or just plain doesn't get) the mysterious behaviour of his fellow children (and, later, men), and turns into a largely isolated adult as well. This makes him an easy target when a series of poison-pen letters, graffiti and other strange incidents start happening in the village of Great Wyreley, culminating in a series of cattle "rippings". He refuses, though, to accept that what happens to him has anything to do with his race.
As I say, Barnes' picture of the two men is brilliant.Read more ›
For me the book was not quite as perfect as Sense of an Ending: there were a few "boring bits". In the middle of the book, for example, I felt there was a period of stagnation where the description of Arthur's relationship with Jean Leckie spent too long going nowhere: cleverly written, but ultimately superfluous.Read more ›
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Interesting. Found it difficult to get into. But it all came together at the endPublished 7 days ago by jeffrey muir
Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2005, Arthur and George is the semi-biographical account of an unlikely friendship between one of Britain's most famous and best-loved... Read morePublished 13 days ago by cutekitten_06
Took a long time to get to the point of the story. I did not know where it was going for a quite a while.Published 2 months ago by David White
In the main I enjoyed the book. I liked the style of writing. Sometimes the story of George was hard to take, but of course, that's how it was.Published 2 months ago by A M BUSCH
Arthur and George succeeds as an historical novel. It homes in on a bygone age with clarity and pace. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Steward
This was intriguing from the outset. I look forward to reading more of his work. Interweaving history,fact and fiction, the portrayal of Victorian values, morals and aspirations... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SD1
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