Title: Arthur & George
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 2006. Knopf. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 388 pages. January 2006. hardcover. Jacket art: 'London, from Pentonville Road Looking West: Evening', 1884 (detail). Signed by The Author. 030726310x. keywords: Literature England Flaubert. inventory # 19148. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Brilliantly imagined and irresistibly readable, Arthur & George is a major novel from Julian Barnes, a wonderful combination of playfulness, pathos and wisdom. Searching for clues, no one would ever guess that the lives of Arthur and George might intersect. Growing up in shabby-genteel nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Arthur is saddled with a dad who is a disgrace and a mum he wishes to protect, and is propelled into a life of action. To his astonishment, his career as a self-made man of letters brings him riches and fame and, in the world at large, he becomes the perfect picture of the honorable English gentlemen. George is irredeemably an outsider, and has no hope of becoming such a picture. Though heís dogged and logical, a vicarís son from rural Staffordshire, he is set apart, and he and his family are targeted in his boyhood by a poison-pen campaign. George finds safe harbour in the reliability of rules, and grows up to become a solicitor, putting his faith in the insulating value of British justice. Then crisis upsets the uneasy equilibrium of both menís lives. Arthur is knocked for a loop by guilt and other dishonourable emotions. George is put to the sorest test, accused of a horrible crime. And from that point on their lives weave together in the most profound and surprising way, as each man becomes the otherís salvation. Arthur & George is a masterful novel about low crime and high spirituality, guilt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all, itís a profound and witty meditation on the fateful differences between what we believe, what we know and what we can prove. Bookseller Inventory # 19148
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