Archer, Jeffrey - Kane And Abel KANE AND ABEL by JEFFREY ARCHER CORONET BOOKS Hodder and Stoughton To Michael and Jane Copyright (g~ Editorial Reviews. Review. "One of the top ten storytellers in the world." -Los Angeles Times Book 1 of 3 in Kane and Abel (3 Book Series). Kane and Abel book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite side.
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Kane and Abel. 1, Pages·· MB·1, Downloads. Books by JEFFREY ARCHER. Novels The Fourth Estate. Baron's estate, on which his father. Coronet edition, September The characters and sltuations In this book are entirely Imaginary and bear no relation to any real person or actual happening. KANE AND ABEL. KANE AND ABEL by JEFFREY ARCHER CORONET BOOKS Hodder and Stoughton To Michael and Jane Copyright (g~ by Jeffrey Ar.
Anyhoo, it is bad. Nurses and doctors hurried past him, lowering their voices as they approached him and raising them again only when they were out of his earshot. But I have to tell you, I seem to be alone in my assessment of this book from what I can tell. We follow their parallel but contrasting from boyhood. Archer's Criminal Trial for Perjury from Wikipedia "On 26 September , Archer was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice during the libel trial. Actually, this book annoyed me so much that I am typing this and getting angrier and angrier, remembering how bad it was.
Florentyna Rosnovski, daughter of Abel Rosnovski and Richard Kane, son of William Kane, happen to meet and fall in love without knowing about the rivalry between their fathers. They get married despite vehement protests from their fathers and start a chain of boutique stores named Florentyna's. Finally, after Kane exposes Abel's dealings with Osborne and thwarts his ambition to be named Ambassador to Poland the position goes to John Moors Cabot , Abel manages to obtain enough shares of the bank and ousts Kane from power.
In , Kane decides to forgive his son and daughter-in-law and expresses his wish to meet them. Both he and Abel observe the grand-opening of the New York branch Florentyna's , from outside, and they wave at each other.
He dies before he is able to see them and his grandson William. Filled with remorse, he reconciles with his daughter and son-in-law.
Abel dies soon after, and bequeathes everything to his daughter Florentyna, except his silver band of authority, which he leaves to his grandson, whom Florentyna and Richard have named "William Abel Kane".
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This is one of the few times I can let my rich characterization criteria fall by the side and simply enjoy where this story is going. There are surprises to be had, and the pacing of the plotlines was expertly done. I will absolutely, definitely, read more Jeffrey Archer!
I wish I could give it four and a half stars, so let's say it is that. Very enjoyable, read it! Mar 03, Gillian rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think this has to be the best book I have ever read.
I keep recommending it to everyone so much so a friend of mine believes I have shares in the publishing world! I was completely surprised when I read this book. What I thought it would be like and what was delivered far exceeded my expectations. You end up liking both characters despite them conflicting with each other.
The ending is remarkable. It is so engrossing that you can actually imagine and visualise what they experienced both physic I think this has to be the best book I have ever read. It is so engrossing that you can actually imagine and visualise what they experienced both physically and emotionally. A true genius when it comes to story telling anyway that's for sure! View 2 comments. Dec 04, Pooja marked it as to-read Shelves: I guess many people would be ready to kill me if I say that I haven't read any of Jeffrey Archer's books yet!
But hey, there was a day when I hadn't read any of Sidney Sheldon's and J. This day shall pass too. Thank you Krishna Prasanna for looming over me to get me read it soon. Jul 19, Jennifer rated it it was ok. However, their births could not be more different. Abel is a penniless orphan who is adopted by a poor Polish woodcutter's family after his mother is found dying by the road. Kane is born into a life of privilege—the only son of a powerful Boston banking millionaire.
The book chronicles the parallel lives of the two men. Abel endures hardship, tragedy and oppression but manages to immigrate to America a Story Overview Two men—William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski—are born on the same day in Abel endures hardship, tragedy and oppression but manages to immigrate to America and build a successful hotel chain.
Kane takes full advantage of his birthright and receives the finest education money can buy and becomes the leader of one of America's oldest and most powerful banks—yet suffers a series of tragedies of his own that make him wary of trusting people. Although their lives run parallel as they establish their careers, there are moments when their lives intersect.
Eventually, they confront each other in a business situation that ends up affecting both their lives forever and leading to a game of one-upsmanship that affects not only their individual businesses but the U. As the conflict unfolds between them for the bulk of their adult lives, both are stunned to find that the biggest price ends up being paid by those they love the most. My Thoughts I'm going to say this upfront: I didn't like this book.
I forced myself to finish reading it—hoping it might get better. It didn't. Once I was pages in, I felt I needed to just go ahead and slog on through. But whatever they might have seen in this book eluded me because it left me cold. My first problem is with the writing style.
I found the writing to be very choppy. The entire book is written in a kind of rat-a-tat-tat style that I found off-putting.
The majority of the narration and dialogue simply exists to move the story along; there isn't a lot of introspection, character development or extraneous description. I kept thinking: So abrupt and cold. Characters are introduced and then dispatched with cold abandon. Perhaps this is meant to mirror the characters themselves—both of whom are somewhat unlikable and ruthless—but I feel it doesn't allow the reader to get a toehold into the story.
My next problem was with the amazing coincidences that keep bringing these two together. I guess I should have expected that from the very beginning when Archer chose to have them born on the same day. However, it began to annoy the heck out of me when they kept having run-ins that were really unbelievable. I mean, in all of the insanity of World War II, the fact that Abel who mostly stays behind battle lines managing the food prep ventures into "combat" exactly one time and manages to heroically save one person and it ends up being Kane was just too much for me.
Another coincidence that drove me up the wall was when these men—who end up being the bitterest enemies bent on mutual destruction for almost the entire book—both have one person they love more than anyone in the world—their children.
I'll give you one guess who ends up falling in love. Doesn't that just beat all?
I mean it isn't like they live in a small town or anything where the choices are limited. No, they "find" each other in the podunk town of New York City. Oh, did I spoil the book for you? Well, you should have seen it coming a mile off—I know I did and I'm terrible at that kind of stuff. But perhaps the biggest reason I didn't like the book was that I didn't like Kane or Abel.
I just didn't give a darn what happened to either one of them. Both are obsessed with money and power and have few "real" human relationships. So once you factor in unlikable characters, add in a writing style that didn't grab me, and multiply by plot turns that seem unbelievably contrived, I ended up giving this book two stars and that is being generous.
My Final Recommendation I don't recommend this book at all. I didn't enjoy it in the least. So, I guess I've defying Otto Preminger, who has a blurb on the back of my book that reads: I didn't enjoy it. What are you going to do about it? But I have to tell you, I seem to be alone in my assessment of this book from what I can tell. There are tons of 5 star reviews on Amazon, and the book jacket itself is just loaded with glowing praise.
So, even though it wasn't my type of book, it might still have merit for you. An intensely played out, high-powered drama. A story of two very different men belonging to two different social classes, driven by their aspirations of success, wealth, power and a life-long feud based on inaccurate assumptions and misunderstandings.
A fitting ending to boot.
Gold fever. We all know the phenomenon; an obsession, a never-ending fascination and a desperate need for more. As I read this book I experienced something similar; reading fever. When I first began reading this book, I simply couldn't stop. I wouldn't stop. It wasn't even possible.
With an almost destructive greed I had to read on, to keep turning the thin pages - and when I finally reached the end, and there were no more pages to turn, I felt completely empty, saddened by the fact, that the bo Gold fever. With an almost destructive greed I had to read on, to keep turning the thin pages - and when I finally reached the end, and there were no more pages to turn, I felt completely empty, saddened by the fact, that the book had run out of words.
It's been a long time since I've felt this way. Usually I'm always focusing on a beautiful languages with mesmerizing metaphors and beautiful sentences. This book however does not contain any of those factors; the writing style is simple, there is hardly any use of adjectives or long passages of descriptions, which I normally hold so dear. However I loved it just as much. Perhaps even more. I may have finished reading this book; but I am not at all done with it.
This is one of those rare books I will keep with me forever. In my heart and in the back of my mind.
The book outlines the story of both men's lives until they converge. This was a fast paced, easy reading experience that can almost be described as the male version of chick lit. There are feuds, power struggles politics and also some sexy sexy time in store for the main characters I found the first half really strong, with a wonderful sense of history sewn into the story.
I was all set to give 3. I was all set to give this 4 stars. I also found the 30 year feud between Able and William a little thin for my liking.
I have never read any books by this author and can see why he has so many happy fans. He can clearly tell an engrossing story and overall this was a very pleasant reading experience.
Recommend holiday reading Jun 07, Momi rated it really liked it. Nov 30, Chi — cuddle. Sep 27, Anie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was amazing. If I had the regular time for reading, I would not have pulled this book down till I finished it. I can rate it among the top 5 books ever read.
The lives of two different individuals from different backgrounds and different parts of the world are shown in an awesome way. Her husband spat. We have enough children of our own. Her husband shrugged. Let him go to his grave nameless. The baby started to cry. In Boston, M assachusetts, there is a hospital that caters mainly for those who suffer from the diseases of the rich, and on selected occasions allows itself to deliver the new rich.
A young man was pacing up and down outside the delivery room; inside, two obstetricians and the family doctor were in attendance. This father did not believe in taking risks with his firstborn. The obstetricians would be paid a large fee to stand by and witness events. One of them, who wore evening clothes under his long white coat, was late for a dinner party, but he could not afford to absent himself from this particular birth.
The three had earlier drawn straws to decide who should deliver the child, and Dr M acKenzie, the family doctor, had won. A sound, reliable man, the father thought, as he paced up and down the corridor. Not that he had any reason to be anxious. Anne had gone into labour soon after breakfast, and he had been assured that the birth would not take place until his bank had closed for the day. The father was a disciplined man and saw no reason why the arrival of a child should interrupt his well-ordered life.
Nevertheless, he continued to pace. Nurses and doctors hurried past him, lowering their voices as they approached him and raising them again only when they were out of his earshot. M ost of the hospital staff had never seen him in person, but all of them knew who he was. His grandfather had already built a library and his father a school for the local community. The expectant father tried to read the evening paper, looking over the words but not taking in their meaning.
He was nervous, even anxious. He turned to the sports pages of the Evening Transcript. Then he saw the headline on the front page: Devastation in San Francisco, at least four hundred people dead - other people would be mourning.
He hated that. It would take away from the birth of his son. People would remember that something else had happened on this day. He turned to the financial pages and checked the stock market: He continued to pace while pretending to read the Transcript. The obstetrician in evening dress pushed through the swing doors of the delivery room to report the news.
He felt he had to do something to justify his large fee and he was the most suitably dressed for the announcement. The two men stared at each other for a moment. A fine-looking little boy. Then the news dawned on him - a son. The obstetrician ventured a question to break the silence.
Helena Koskiewicz believed in life, and she had borne nine children to prove it. Although she had lost three in infancy, she had not let any of them go easily. At thirty-five, she knew that her once lusty Jasio would give her no more sons or daughters.
God had offered her this one; surely he must be destined to live. Although she was only in her thirties, meagre food and hard work caused her to look much older. She was grey and thin, and not once in her life had she worn new clothes. It never occurred to her to complain about her lot, but the lines on her face made her look more like a grandmother than a mother.
Although she squeezed her breasts hard, leaving dull red marks around the nipples, only little drops of milk squirted out. The eyelids opened as he tried to suck. Finally the mother sank unwillingly into a deep sleep. Jasio Koskiewicz, a heavily built, dull man with a luxurious moustache, his only gesture of self-assertion in an otherwise servile existence, discovered his wife and the baby asleep in the rocking chair when he rose at five.
He stared down at the bastard who had, thank God, at least stopped wailing.