[ Read Online As The Crow Flies ✓ world-history PDF ] by Jeffrey Archer ì .
200 1900 1970 Depending on which browser I ve opened to read this in I do hate epub books and the Overdrive app that can never remember my login , I ve made it to about 50% of this huge chunkster, so I m counting this towards Mt TBR of 2015 and the GR reading challenge 400 500 pages is a full book in my world.
As far as I did get the story begins around the latter years of WWI, and focused around a set of characters in the early years of building a financial empire starting with one store at a time grocery is the first one Usually I d be all over a big fat saga like this, and usually I d love all the details of the empire building, but this one fell flat for me The biggest problem was the never ending flip flop back to the same events, only to be recounted to the reader in another first person narrative from another character B.
Life s too short, moving on.
This is a fairly good 200 page novel, hiding inside 600 pages It was easy to read, but not very fulfilling I was ready to quit on it at the halfway point, as I became tired of reading of each shop being purchased with great detail about how much it cost, and what a good deal Charlie got on each one I continued on, and the story improved somewhat I never felt anything for any of the characters They all seemed one dimensional.
I did like the way that the story switched perspective from one character to another, filling in the blanks of the story as it did so That made forinteresting transitions, but became predictable as the story progressed.
On the technical side I read the novel on my Kindle The hand written notes scattered throughout the book were almost impossible to read.
It was one book I couldn t put down but did so reluctantly I would give it five stars The characters seemed so real I felt they were people I knew.
What a fun read this was I d never read any Jeffrey Archer, and had the impression that he was just a mystery thriller writer Imagine my surprise, then, to become immersed in this atmospheric novel that begins in the early 20th century in the East End of London and ranges through the years and the continents until 1970, with chapters that focus on the main characters, one by one Charlie Trumper begins life assisting his grandfather on his fruit and vegetable barrow in the East End As he grows up, he is faced with his grandfather s death, World War I, a dashing, handsome villain called Guy Trentham, and eventually a chain of events that flows from his brief unpleasant connection with Trentham at the Battle of the Marne Charlie returns to L I really enjoyed this story Charlie Trumper starts as a seller of vegetables and fruits on the streets of London How he gets from there to WW 1 to working for Winston Churchill during WW 2 to running a multi million dollar store is all fascinating and entertaining He has evil to overcome and he manages well If you enjoyed The Clifton Chronicles, then I would highly recommend this book.
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Growing Up In The Slums Of East End London, Charlie Trumper Dreams Of Someday Running His Grandfather S Fruit And Vegetable Barrow That Day Comes Suddenly When His Grandfather Dies Leaving Him The Floundering Business With The Help Of Becky Salmon, An Enterprising Young Woman, Charlie Sets Out To Make A Name For Himself As The Honest Trader But The Brutal Onset Of World War I Takes Charlie Far From Home And Into The Path Of A Dangerous Enemy Whose Legacy Of Evil Follows Charlie And His Family For GenerationsEncompassing Three Continents And Spanning Over Sixty Years, As The Crow Flies Brings To Life A Magnificent Tale Of One Man S Rise From Rags To Riches Set Against The Backdrop Of A Changing Century