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Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
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Mar 13, 2011

really liked it
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Read in March, 2011

The worlds between non-fiction and fiction collide as Barnes takes us into the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who befriends the most unlikely of people, George Edalji. As we learn about Doyle's rise to fame, we learn of George's family's continual torment over the decades by some mysterious person. As you guess, Doyle hears of George and decides to help him out. But the world of Sherlock Holmes is not the real world and Doyle must confront this fact. The story begins with both Arthur and George as young boys and moves us through their lives. Barnes' book can lag into very long expositions, but what he is doing structurally is interesting and intriguing. He demands much from the reader, but the demand is worth it.

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