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“Kane And Abel”, By Jeffrey Archer

I read “Kane and Abel” more than twenty years ago when I was still at college. Jeffrey Archer was one of the popular authors and this book was one of the most sought after. It must have been amongst the first few books that I enjoyed in popular English writing. When I started the blog, I wanted to write about the book but my memory of the whole story was very hazy and I did not want to do a poor copy-paste job with content from wiki. I finally read the book again last year and enjoyed it once again thoroughly.

This is a story of two men separated by distance, heritage, culture, upbringing but united in their destiny. One of them is born in Russia in very poor family and the other is born in United States with silver spoon. Both the men create their fortunes through grit and determination but are each other’s sworn enemies due to wrong information about each other. On top of that their children end up falling in love with each other. In the end everything falls in place but the story keeps you engaged till the end.

There are many sequences and characters that you like more than the main story and the protagonists.  Abel’s friend George or his daughter Florentyna’s Governess really take you by surprise. They are shown as simple people but fiercely loyal and proud. Similarly, Kane’s love story and how he proposes to his wife  and gets married is really interesting. Love and chivalry at its best. Another interesting sequence was where Abel tries to correct his daughter’s behaviour with help of her Governess and does not take his daughter’s side against his employees.

It is a great book to read with true heroes who show once again that grit, determination and strong character always pays you and even though there may be some bad people in the world, you will still find good people who will help you in tough times.

I also ended up reading the sequel “The Prodigal Daughter” but I will get to that story some other time.

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“Only Time Will Tell”, By Jeffrey Archer

It is so good to be back to write on blog once again and what better than writing about Jeffrey Archer’s “Only Time Will Tell”. According to author he is attempting something bigger than “Kane And Abel” this time and that is really something. The book is about life of Harry Clifton and in this first part it traverses his life from birth till around 20 years when he goes for world war II and escapes to US. I was probably expecting it to end at more logical point and I was really left for wanting more when it suddenly ended with Harry being captured by Police for crime he had not done on landing in US. That is typical of Archer’s style.

The book not only is a great story of perseverance of Harry and his mother Maisie but it captures the life and times of UK in that era beautifully. The concepts like fight between rich and poor, child or unwed mother, grit and determination of mother for her child, small society getting together to help precocious child are age-old and have been used in so many books. So it is the style of writing which has to keep you binding to the story and still keeps your interest alive at each chapter. You can almost feel the situations that Harry goes through in his life.

Another interesting aspect is how author has developed other characters as well in the book besides Harry and his mother. Old Jack and Emma are as essential to the story as are various teachers who influence Harry’s life. The fight is still between right and wrong, good and bad but then there are lines that get blurred. There are sensitive situations of Harry and Emma’s relationship that are expertly handled. I am surely looking forward to the next one in this series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_Time_Will_Tell_(novel)

http://www.jeffreyarcher.co.uk/site/only-time_will_tell

http://www.amazon.com/Tell-Jeffrey-Archer-Clifton-Chronicles/dp/0230748228

http://www.flipkart.com/books/0330535676

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