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Beyond the City: The Idyll of a Suburb

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  26 reviews
From "Beyond the City": "How deeply are our destinies influenced by the most trifling causes Had the unknown builder who erected and owned these new villas contented himself by simply building each within its own grounds, it is probable that these three small groups of people would have remained hardly conscious of each other's existence. But there was a common link to bin ...more
Unknown Binding, 177 pages
Published December 31st 1982 by Gaslight Publications (first published 1892)
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Ken
May 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Focusing on the lives of three families in Victorian London, Doyle gives s fascinating insight into what life was like in the 19th century.
Jim
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a soap opera set around 1900 in England. I'm sure there was more to the subtext than I got, but I got enough to make it interesting, even enjoyable for all Doyle's somewhat stilted style.

There was a theme of moving to the suburbs where life is better than the horrible city. A rich man's lands are broken up so 3 more houses spring up in a small development watched over by the original owner's spinster daughters & we're treated to an intimate look into all their lives. Love interests d
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Bettie
Just the one from here:

Our Midnight Visitor (1891) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. On the western side of the Isle of Arran, seldom visited, and almost unknown to tourists, is the little island named Uffa. (http://www.evo.org/sherlock/asia/uffa...)
Lemar
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Excellent and quite modern slice of life from around the turn of the 20th century. The characters are so rich and they drive the book. I got what I feel is a better glimpse of Conan Doyle than through Sherlock or other books that I also loved like the White Company, a rollicking (what a great reviewer's word) account of a Knight's life in the 16th century.
Jayme
Weird little book. Kinda like watching a British comedy/drama of some sort. Wasn't at all what I'm used to reading from Doyle. I enjoyed it, but it's also going to be completely forgettable.
Ariadne Deborah Fassel
A rather pedestrian story redeemed by his vigorous advocating of women's rights, although he pokes fun at them at the same time. An eclectic cast of characters, young love, and a financial scoundrel round out the doings of suburban London.
dragonhelmuk
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kindled for free. This is basically a romance. Nothing happens at all, which is fine, but not really what I expect from an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. The central theme of the book is a clash between a Suffragette main character and the conservative families that move in around her. Of course, given the time period that was never really going to work out, and to be fair the characters all part as friends, but I did have some higher hopes! I really felt like Arthur Conan Doyle might be able to be a ...more
Ann
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, anglophilia
A sweet little Victorian curio.

You can't help but love a Victorian story in which, on page 15, a determined advocate of women's rights declares to the old spinsters who pay her a courtesy visit : "I am sorry that I have no tea to offer you. I look upon the subservience of women as largely due to her abandoning nutritious drinks and invigorating exercises to the male", and then proceeds to swing a pair of 15 pound barbells around her head.

This short book is full of funny little vignettes like t
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Perry Whitford
Gentle suburban satire from the Victorian era by the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Two elderly curtain-twitching sisters look on aghast as their quiet, cosy nook on the outskirts of London becomes subject to scandal when an Amazonian virago, Mrs. Westmascott, storms into the genteel seclusion of the Wilderness like a cyclone.

A retired doctor and his obedient daughters also get drawn into her vortex, as does a salty old Admiral. Young love flourishes on the tennis court while financial ruin awaits o
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Seda
Nov 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Viktorya döneminde geçen ve muhafazakar bir mahalleye yeni taşınan liberal bir ailenin anlatıldığı bu kitap arka fonda kadın haklarına ve o dönemdeki insanların kadınlarla ilgili düşüncelerine odaklanırken aynı zamanda yaşanan romantik bir aşkı anlatmakta. Şehrin Ötesinde, Arthur Conan Doyle'dan hiç beklenmeyecek klasiğe yakın bir türde, tarzının dışında yazılmış, kalıcılığı olmayan bir kitap. Kasabanın yeni ailesi dönemin muhafazakar ailelerinden farklı bir yaşam sürmekte ve kadın karakter o za ...more
C.C. Thomas
May 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: classics
One thing I love about my Kindle and rise of the e-books is that so many classics are free. Otherwise, I never would have bought this book. Actually, I never even heard of it. The freeness made it very appealing.


It is about a suburb of London where three families converge. The three have a variety of problems that only seem to happen in Victorian England--bad brother who scams family members for money and then does a physical attack for revenge, the 'new' game of tennis, the launch of women's ri
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Elizabeth
This is a side of Arthur Conan Doyle that I didn't know existed. After the indifference to women of Sherlock Holmes and the sentimental chivalry of Dr. Watson, one would not expect a story based on a liberated woman of the turn of the century. While Doyle does not completely embrace the more radical notions of his cigarette-smoking, stout-drinking, divided-skirt-wearing, tricycle-riding protagonist, he shows her great sympathy. In the end, the reader gets both happy marriages for the more tradit ...more
Will S
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not one of ACD's better efforts - as other reviewers have already pointed out. It's a curiosity to be read, if you like his other work.

In fact, I only writing this review in the hope that there's some expert out there who can explain what kind of machine it is that two of the characters ride during their courtship in chapter 7. We are told that it's a tandem, and it's a tricycle. However, it seems clear that it's steered by the occupant of the rear seat. Can anybody explain? Or, better still, po
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Aathavan
This novella of Doyle could have done better in the format of a play. The cast of characters is short and their development a little thin and the plot thinner. Infact you have plodded through about a third of the book by the time the characters have been introduced.

I believe Dolyle wrote this book as a vehicle for his ideas for the emancipation of the woman and it is in this role that the book gains significance. There is some humor in the book in juxtaposing a modern assertive woman in split s
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Marguerite Harrell
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am currently reading this book for #vtReadingChallenge as a mystery or detective novel. I borrowed this book from the public library! (At this point, I am not sure this is a mystery or detective novel.) It took a while for me to like this book. It isn't a mystery or detective book. This book is more than 100 years old.
Grampy
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, I tend to like everything I've ever read of Arthur Conan Doyle's writings. I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, but a lot of what Doyle wrote was superior to the Sherlock stories. Beyond the City was okay - I did like it, but it wasn't one of his better pieces.
Carl
May 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect airplane book. Some reviewer mentioned Wodehouse, and that's very accurate, though without the deft touch of Wodehouse. A hopeless marriage avoided through pranks; reputation redeemed through honorable behavior. All's well that ends well.
Arf Ortiyef
neat little novella with a few good jokes. not much to it but i didn't mind reading it.
Sylvester
A short tale of how the small details come together to direct our fate. Good - I usually enjoy ACD's work - but not great.
Lesserknowngems
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprising feministic text by a victorian man for other victorian men.
Maggie
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective-story
doyle coming to the defense of women and their rights. who woulda thought?! four stars for this one.
Bert
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
I enjoyed this book, but it is certainly one of ACD's more long winded tales. Felt like he was being paid by the word.
Dorian
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Cutesy little story about 3 families who share a tennis lot and how their lives cross. Short and fun, not tons of depth.
Priya
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feminist treatise by the man who created Sherlock? Yes.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism re
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