Thursday, January 12, 2017

This was a man by Jeffrey Archer -Review




Book Name         - This was a man
Author                  - Jeffrey Archer
Publisher              - Pan Macmillan
Number of Pages -400
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback 
Price                     - 599

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Rating : 4.0


My Review

While reading the book I wanted to see if the author has reserved the best to the last. Unfortunately I had two opinions of the same. Is the book bad?? No. It is an entertainer slithering the plot through cliffhangers. Is it a bang on perfect book to end the Clifton chronicles? I don't think so. Author himself has set the benchmark so high that readers expect nothing less than perfect. 


Like the prequels, the book is divided into several parts, each dedicated to characters, Harry-Emma, Sebastian Clifton, Lady Virginia Fenwick, Giles Barrington. A new addition is Jessica Clifton. With a plot containing a cascade of events happening in two families with huge pedigree, and too many characters, author has been excelling in his task in all the volumes.

The final volume of Cliftons Chronicles kickstarts with a gun shot. Karin is shot but survives. A presidential election wherein Emma supports the Conservatives led by Margaret Thatcher while her brother Giles stands for Labour party. It's interesting to see the siblings fighting for different candidates while sharing an amazing chemistry. The part led by Virginia is the spiciest as expected form the vile duchess. Nevertheless the games with the paintings seems like old wine in New bottle. The most exciting part of the book is led by Sebastian Clifton. His poignance in problem solving is the most entertaining part of the book. Jessica Cliftons's story seems to be a put off. The part didn't contribute much to the story line other than making the book unduly long. Climax is a silent soothing end to the tale. 

 Karin running marathon, Giles playing cricket and Harry commencing his masterpiece is a clear indication that age is not a barrier, which is an impressive attitude. Last chapter did not contain any nail biting sequences but Giles' rhetoric is an excellent end to the saga. In short Jeffrey Archer did what Harry Clifton was planning to do with William Warwick.


This review is in return of a free book from the publisher  

About the author

Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O' Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). The author is married to Dame Mary Archer and they have two sons and two grandsons.