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Arthur & George

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Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a ... Show synopsis

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A look into the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

by bookgeek on Apr 3, 2007

This is an interesting piece of historical fiction. It's a very interesting look at an aspect of English Society in the Victorian era that most people don't think about. Both George and Arthur are well written, and are written in very different styles. I really enjoyed watching them both mature over the course of their lives. When the secret about George's family history was revealed, it was a delightful moment of realization. Both narratives were very compelling, and I really enjoyed when George and Arthur finally met. The blend of fiction and history seemed very plausible. I really enjoyed learning more about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's personal life through this book. George's feelings of isolation and fear are beautifully described in this book. I think the themes of race and social status in this book are extremely relevant today. I'm not sure I'll be re-reading this one for a while. It was very good, but I don't feel compelled to read this one again right away. I'd recommend this book to fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, people who are interested in race/class dynamics, people who are interested in looking at Victorian England from a new perspective, and anyone who has ever felt alone, powerless, and scared.

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