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Arthur & George (Basic) Hardcover – Large Print, 30 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (30 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786286652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786286652
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for "The Lemon Table":
"Leaves no one in doubt as to Barnes's virtuosity."
--"The Guardian"
"Barnes could not write badly if he tried."
--"Sunday Tribune" (Dublin)
Praise for "Flaubert's Parrot":
"Unputdownable...a mesmeric original."
--Philip Larkin, "Observer Books of the Year
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"A bewitching, original and challenging creation by a writer with spectacular talents."
--Elizabeth Hardwick
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"Praise for "Staring at the Sun":
"A dazzling mind in mercurial flight."
--"Philadelphia Inquirer"
"Undoubtedly much too good to win the Booker Prize."
--"Punch
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Praise for "England, England":
"Erudite, satiric, arch.... ÝBarnes is¨ a consummate writer, he provokes and entertains with dazzling speed."
--"The Vancouver Sun"
Praise for "Love, Etc.":
"The sheer wit of address is Barnes's huge attraction. You'd rather -- or, at least, I'd rather -- be in a Barnes novel, engaging in the tangled terribilia he wields with such power, than almost anywhere else in current British fiction."
--"The Independent"

"From the Hardcover edition."

" Extraordinary.... First rate.... A cracking good yarn."
- "The New York Times Book Review"
" An absorbing fictional re-creation of a real-life detective story. . . . A finely evocative historical novel as well as a morally and psychologically astute glimpse into the worlds of two men."
- "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
" Masterly throughout. . . . The author keeps the reader on edge."
- "The Washington Post Book World"
" Deeply satisfying. . . . From the first chapter, Barnes has us in his thrall." - "San Francisco Chronicle"
" A page-turner.... "Arthur & George" is by far Mr. Barnes's most pressurized novel to date." - "The Wall Street Journal"
" Utterly absorbing, beautifully crafted.... Rich and immensely readable.... A stream of flawless, driving sentences.... A great novel." - "O, The Oprah Magazine"
" A marvelous book." - "Entertainment Weekly," " A"
" His most engrossing novel ever." - Jay McInerney, "The New York Observer"

Extraordinary.... First rate.... A cracking good yarn.
The New York Times Book Review
An absorbing fictional re-creation of a real-life detective story. . . . A finely evocative historical novel as well as a morally and psychologically astute glimpse into the worlds of two men.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Masterly throughout. . . . The author keeps the reader on edge.
The Washington Post Book World
Deeply satisfying. . . . From the first chapter, Barnes has us in his thrall. San Francisco Chronicle
A page-turner.... Arthur & George is by far Mr. Barnes's most pressurized novel to date. The Wall Street Journal
Utterly absorbing, beautifully crafted.... Rich and immensely readable.... A stream of flawless, driving sentences.... A great novel. O, The Oprah Magazine
A marvelous book. Entertainment Weekly, A
His most engrossing novel ever. Jay McInerney, The New York Observer"

"Extraordinary.... First rate.... A cracking good yarn."
-The New York Times Book Review
"An absorbing fictional re-creation of a real-life detective story. . . . A finely evocative historical novel as well as a morally and psychologically astute glimpse into the worlds of two men."
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Masterly throughout. . . . The author keeps the reader on edge."
-The Washington Post Book World
"Deeply satisfying. . . . From the first chapter, Barnes has us in his thrall." -San Francisco Chronicle
"A page-turner.... Arthur & George is by far Mr. Barnes's most pressurized novel to date." -The Wall Street Journal
"Utterly absorbing, beautifully crafted.... Rich and immensely readable.... A stream of flawless, driving sentences.... A great novel." -O, The Oprah Magazine
"A marvelous book." -Entertainment Weekly, "A"
"His most engrossing novel ever." -Jay McInerney, The New York Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

'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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Short listed for the Booker and certainly the best read of all six books, I found it compelling. The two characters are very well drawn. They are different from each other in almost every way and yet you feel sympathy and interest for them whilst at the same time understanding their flaws.
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.
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After reading The Sense of an Ending I was eager, no desperate, to find something else by Julian Barnes: Arthur and George, whilst considerably longer and slower than Sense of an Ending, did not disappoint. In the same way that Kate Summerscale's "Suspicions of Mr Whicher" used the murder of a child to give a portrait of the English middle classes in Victorian times, this work uses a series of livestock mutilations to throw a huge amount of insight into the mindset of Edwardian England, employing the magnificent, bombastic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the introspective, humble George Edalji as the spotlights. As one would expect from Barnes, the writing itself was always precise and intelligent. He has a way of asking all the questions that ought to be asked and supplying enough different answers to satisfy the most diverse of readers: by the end of the book it seemed to me that he identified himself more closely with George - who wrote a modestly successful manual on the subject of railway law- than with the literary giant Arthur: which is somewhat ironic. One thing I particularly like about his style is the way he dissects elegantly a simple statement or fact and then draws out a whole host of unexpected conclusions. He is also highly skilled in portraying the drama of some of the encounters: the meeting between Sir Arthur and the police chief Anson is a masterpiece.

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.
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I hugely admire this book. Barnes takes one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice in British history and around it he creates a compelling portrait of the two men whom it brought together, the values they held and the social fabric of the times. It is beautifully observed and extremely well written, with subtle, scarcely noticeable shifts of prose style as we move between the protagonists. We really get under the skin of both Arthur and George.
Barnes takes one enormous risk. After giving his readers the horrific conviction of George and his experience of prison, he whisks them away from this nail biting drama to give them a lengthy and frankly tedious narrative of Arthur's platonic courtship. Moreover, he couches this in a highly sentimental style, bordering on Mills & Boon. All I wanted at this point was to get back to George's plight! I hated it but in hindsight I can see that it was necessary, because it is integral to Doyle's complex character and what caused him to respond so forcefully to the scandal.
There is so much to admire in the book but I would single out the great confrontation between Doyle and the man who is, at the end of the day, the real villain of the piece, the odious Anson. It strikes me that Barnes pulls off a great trick here. We expect Anson to reveal himself as racially prejudiced. This he does of course, but he ties it in with a grotesque misreading of George's sexuality which left me reeling.
The only aspect which left me cold was the treatment of spiritualism which I find a thoroughly boring topic, but again, it mattered a good deal to Doyle, so excluding it was maybe not possible if the whole man was to be portrayed. That said, the Albert Hall scene didn't work for me, though maybe it did for others.
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Excellent read.
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Yes I did enjoy this book. Julian Barnes always has something to say
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.Excellent book. Well constructed, informative and enjoyable.Would recommend.
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A great read. Beautifully written, superbly constructed plot, full of unexpected developments. Barnes at his best.
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