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The victimization of George takes the form of nasty letters, the theft of a school key, and finally, the accusation that he has mutilated animals. Meanwhile, Arthur is becoming more and more famous for creating Sherlock Holmes, whom he tries to kill off once and is forced to resurrect because of his fans' outcry. He marries, fathers two children and then, when his wife is invalided by consumption, falls madly in love for the first time with Jean Leckie.
The novel's style is smoothly revelatory. We slowly come to realize that George is half-Indian, that Arthur is the famous Doyle, that the woman he loves, chastely, is not his wife and, sadly, that George will not prevail over the forces ranged against him.
When George, desperate to resume his law career after imprisonment, sends Arthur the sad chronicle of his history, Arthur sees immediately that he could not be guilty and sets out to clear his name. This case of George's lifts Arthur from the slough of despond into which he has sunk after his wife, Touie, dies. He is guilt-ridden, constantly wondering if he was attentive enough, if she could possibly have known about Jean. Realizing the immense injustice George has suffered, he is shaken out of lethargy and, in Holmesian fashion, sets out to solve the case.
Julian Barnes is a gifted writer of enormous accomplishment. This novel is thoroughly engrossing, filled with Barnes's trademark themes of identity and love, longing and loss, and ultimately, an examination of man's inhumanity to man. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
After watching the excellent BBC program based on the book I was a little disappointed. There was too much unnecessary detail for my taste. I kept wanting the author to move on.Published 21 days ago by Kurt Gary
Julian Barnes is a great writer! Fascinating and beautifully done all the way through.Published 28 days ago by Trish
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, received thousands, if not tens of thousands of pleas for help in solving unsolved crimes, righting wrongs, and setting justice... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glynn Young
I watched the movie on Public Television first and I was intrigued enough to want to read the book. I haven't finished, but it's a hard one to put down!Published 1 month ago by Karen Bergmann
I really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed it more when I found out at the end that everything is sort of true that they're actual facts in the novel.Published 1 month ago by Raquel Saltiel
Interesting historical piece but it really dragged at times. Arthur and George's constant reflection and second guessing got old. Too long for the story coveredPublished 1 month ago by John H
Great book, better than the BBC three part series. Enjoyed this book immensely.Published 1 month ago by Robert Danzl