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Arthur and George
Arthur and George | Julian Barnes
24 posts | 38 read | 11 to read
As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years laterone struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the worlds most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wifetheir fates become inextricably connected. In Arthur & George, Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry of late-Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel yet. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Sarah83
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Mehso-so

well.... no.... I thought it would be a great one, but no. The story is simply ok and the main interested of the story is only a short part within the book, even if the book is quite too long. @julesG

julesG Wow! I admire your strength. I bailed just after 100 pages. 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG Thank you so much 😉 3mo
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julesG
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Bailedbailed

Dear @Sarah83, I give up.

The story gets slightly interesting at around page 100, when Campbell enters the stage. Knowing the outcome from Conan Doyle's own story, I'm absolutely not willing to plough on through this book.

I do not understand why it got so many raving reviews. The writing is convoluted with hypotaxis. There's too much boring, unimportant information.

Just look at the cover, it tells me more about the author and his past glory👇

julesG ...than about the contents of the book. 😠 There are at least 20 snippets from positive reviews on the cover and fly leaves. But not a single, really good blurb. I'm not going to pick up another book by this author. 3mo
CaroPi Have you read something he wrote before? I totally love his short stories in "a brief history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters" one of the few books I re read. I also found out very interesting "the sense of an ending". But this second one I like after I finished and tought about it. 3mo
julesG @CaroPi The short stories were good, you are right. But this book was definitely riding on past glory. 3mo
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CaroPi Well I truly believe that all prolific authors have their good and bad moments. I also like John Boyne but he has his good and bad moments 3mo
julesG @CaroPi True! 3mo
Sarah83 I will tell you the end in a short message 🤩 3mo
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Sarah83
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Sitting on the floor and trying to cool down a bit.... Why, oh why has it to be so hot again. I don't want it, I want a lovely autumn right now...

Still dealing with this chunkster... Well, I think, the book could have been shorter..... @julesG

julesG Definitely! Toooooo long! Too many boring details. And, having had a glimpse at some of the covers of the author's other books, I definitely think that the author rides on past glory. Author's name is in larger font than the title of the book. I'm struggling with the heat and the book. 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG so true 🤒🤩🤷 3mo
Ncostell I read this one too and agree that it dragged on and could have been much shorter! 3mo
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julesG @Ncostell Thanks. 3mo
julesG Sarah, I am very close to bailing. I'll skim through the next few "chapters" while I enjoy the cool wind on the balcony drinking my tea, and will come back with a definite answer by 8am. 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG I just have 100 pages left. I will finish 💪💪💪 3mo
julesG You are stronger than me!!! 👏👏👏 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG I fought too long... I don't quit now. 🤩 3mo
julesG Again wondering about all the 5 star reviews 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG da kann man nur wieder sagen, die Geschmäcker sind eindeutig verschieden... 3mo
julesG Echt jetzt! 3mo
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Sarah83
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Some more reading time for #24b4Monday @Andrew65

Andrew65 All reading time is good. 3mo
SilversReviews Love your photo. 3mo
Daisey Looks like some great reading time! 3mo
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julesG
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@Sarah83 - have just picked up from here. Not far in yet, but it's getting more interesting, or I'm getting used to the style of writing.

#BuddyRead

TrishB 😂😂 3mo
Sarah83 🤣🤣🤣 gut, dass ich es auf deutsch lese. 🤣 Aber auch da war ich schon teilweise irritiert. 🤩 3mo
julesG @Sarah83 Der Stil ist gewöhnungsbedürftig. Und ich vermisse Kapitel. 😀 3mo
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Sarah83 Kommt noch mit den Kapiteln. Die sind sehr lang. 😉 Ja, ich liebe Bücher mit Schachtelsätzen. 3mo
julesG @Sarah83 Jetzt muss ich doch mal genauer lesen, ob sich die Sätze im Englischen auch schachteln 3mo
Sarah83 Der Anfang war unabhängig dessen auch sehr langatmig 3mo
julesG @Sarah83 Aber der langatmige Anfang ist bestimmt wichtig. 😵 Weil das erklärt, warum die ganze Geschichte ist wie sie ist. - - Ich bin weiterhin gespannt. Du weißt ja, nur weil der Autor Preise abgeräumt hat, heißt das nicht, dass alles Gold ist was er schreibt. Oder, mit anderen Worten, traue keinem Buch auf dessen Cover der Autorenname größer als der Titel ist. 😁 3mo
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Sarah83 Das stimmt definitiv. Ich mag das Buch schon. Wie weit bist du jetzt? 3mo
julesG @Sarah83 nicht viel weiter. Da wo Arthur erkennt, dass die Bibelstunden nur Märchenstunden sind. S 20 oder so. Hab dann ein anderes Buch weiter gelesen. Damit ich alle abarbeiten kann 3mo
Sarah83 Ok 😊 3mo
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Sarah83
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Sitting at my mum's and waiting for dinner. Perfect time to start my #fridayreads .

@julesG how far are you? Do you like it?

julesG Need to check where exactly. About 10 pages. 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG still working or don't like it? 3mo
julesG Not sure. It's probably the busy week that keeps me from really getting into it. I'm hoping next week will be better. Only my usual appointments 3mo
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julesG
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Good Morning. Bathroom rebuilding day 5 is dawning. The loud and extremely dirty work is done, but there's still dust everywhere. I've visited the DIY shop more times yesterday than last year in total. Good for my #BFCR3 steps, bad for my #BuddyRead. Managed the first three pages only.

@Sarah83

#TeamLetsDoThis @CocoReads @Reecaspieces @Moony @imabusybee @CaroPi @jb72 @Eeyore031370 @LibrarianJen @britt_brooke @wanderinglynn

CaroPi Is totally worth it! Bathroom remodeling is a nightmare but the results are amazing! 3mo
CoffeeAndABook What @CaroPi said!! We had our bathroom remodeled two years ago and I hated the process. The dirt, the men in our home every day for a whole week, the upheaval of life in general. But soooo worth it, I‘m still pleased with how it turned out. Halte durch💪🏼 3mo
julesG @CoffeeAndABook @CaroPi Thank you! It's just so much on top of everything else. 3mo
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jb72 Good luck on the bathroom reno! 3mo
Crazeedi Remodeling is stressful, but I'm sure you will be so glad after it's done. Hang in there! 3mo
imabusybee Yikes Good luck...great for the steps👏🏻💜 3mo
LibrarianJen I want to redo my master bathroom because of the peachy faux marble counters, tub and shower. At the same time I don‘t want to lose my garden tub. It‘s huge and has jets! 3mo
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Libby1
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I‘m not sure which book this quote is from. (Ending sentence on a preposition! 😜)

The tagged book is good.

Cathythoughts I love this quote ... this is what reading is about 👍🏻❤️❤️ 2y
rabbitprincess 😜😁🙌🏻 Yay ending sentences with a preposition! So liberating 😉 2y
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Sapphire
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I had forgotten how much I enjoy everything by Julian Barnes. This was no exception

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quirkyreader
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I got all of these lovelies from The BookShelf in Holt, Michigan. In doing so I went through all my trade credits.

Libby1 Arthur and George is really good. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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rabbitprincess
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The house has what appears to be a hardcover first edition of Arthur & George (it says 2005 and no other pub date). And then they had to go and put a Booker Prize sticker on it 😕

Leniverse But can the sticker be removed, or is it part of their cover design? 2y
rabbitprincess @Leniverse It looks removable. 2y
Leniverse Whew 😅 2y
Sace Why?? 😢 Stickers should be banned from all book covers! Glad that one is removable. 2y
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Book_Gnome
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charissharpe Sounds like an intriguing book 📚 2y
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rabbitprincess
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My Vintage Canada edition of Arthur & George has lovely stripes on the spine.
#junebookbugs

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Ncostell
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I finally finished this book last night. It felt like it would never end, perhaps because I was reading so many other books at the same time that it took me longer to finish than it normally would. An interesting historical fiction based on the story of Arthur Conan Doyle's defense of a man wrongly convicted of a crime. Glad I read it but ready to move on to another read. This is my #A book for #LitsyAtoZ.

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼👏🏼 3y
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Ncostell
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#page24currentread. I'm about two-thirds of the way through this book. It's taking me longer to read than it usually would as several books that I've had on hold at the library for a long time have finally come in so I'm working on those as well. #ReadJanuary

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Ncostell
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I love getting up early and getting a little bit of extra reading time in before heading to work. Here is my current read. #Andawaytheygo

Suet624 I do this every morning. Great way to start the day. 3y
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susanw
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Another good book patiently waiting to be read. #orangecovers well, orangish. #photoadaynov16 @RealLifeReading

LitHousewife It's twin is on my bookshelf sitting patiently as well. 3y
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susanw
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Peach-ish. Anyone else rediscovering books they forgot were on their shelves? Thank you to @TheSpinecrackersBookClub and #augustphotochallenge !

TheSpinecrackersBookClub You have quite a few. Good work. So far readers have one or none. I myself am still looking for something. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I hadn't thought about A Woman Of Independent Means for years! Read it long ago. 3y
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KimHM
Arthur & George | Julian Barnes
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I normally like alternating viewpoints (am, in fact, committed to them) but the very rapid switchbacks (each section only a few paragraphs long) in this one just didn't work for me. I also dislike stories told in present tense. It was disappointing after my rave for The Sense of an Ending.

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KimHM
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"It's just that in some novels the people are real and in some they aren't." -- Julian Barnes in The Guardian. One book to begin, one to finish. #FinishedbyFriday

Blair_Reads Yay! 3y
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silver_jenny_dollar
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Reading about scrupulous people being manipulated and undone by less scrupulous people was maybe not the best way to cheer myself up today. :P

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makeworkproject
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Mehso-so

Julian Barnes' writing is stunning, as usual. This story, while fascinating, fell a bit flat for me.

Angelala007 Me too. I tossed it. After The Sense of An Ending, I thought all his books would be enthralling. Not so. The opening passage is beautiful though. 3y
makeworkproject @Angelala007 he's got a beautiful way with words. This was not his best. 3y
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Bookboss
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Only 90 pages in, but I am loving it.

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