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I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)


Arthur & George - Julian Barnes, Gertraude Krueger

This was overall not very fascinating.

It felt immensly drawn out, so that even the brilliant language couldn't salvage any kind of tension.


The first third had tension - and suspense. But it went down the drain over the many, many pages. The many stories within the story, the many characterizations etc..


It gave some glimpses into the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But why it centered on this incident (the Great Wryley outrages and his crusade to clear George Edalij) remains mysterious to me. And the spiritism that Sir Arthur was so fond of felt like a lonely facet of him thrown in - for what reason?


It was surely a good book.

Just not very entertaining.


I would read something by this author again, but would look very closely...