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As the Crow Flies by [Archer, Jeffrey]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews

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'Monumentally gripping... a compulsive epic' Mail On Sunday

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'Monumentally gripping... a compulsive epic' Mail On Sunday

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1223 KB
  • Print Length: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330518690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330518697
  • ASIN: B004WOH1OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
As The Crow Flies is a life-spanning yarn about an East End barrow boy called Charlie Trumper, following him from childhood to old age. Through life in the first world war, to the depression and on into fame and fortune. Trumper's tale is that of the rags to riches style in the extreme.

Considering that i'm not always a fan of Archer, this book was stunningly good. There's no way you'll be able to put this down from beginning to end. It's filled with twists, wit, hatred, joy and truly tragic moments that will make you want the book to go on for ever. Trumper is a fascinating character who comes across as an ambitious, enthusiastic and genuinely decent bloke.

I would recommend this to anyone, it does at times remind you of Kane and Abel but that should by no means put you off. Wonderful!
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I first read this story when it was originally published. I had a hankering to read it again so purchased it for my Kindle. What a disappointment!

Whoever proof-read this needs their eyes examining and their language skills thoroughly checked - there are many instances of typographical errors, a distinct lack of correct paragraphing and several places where "cut and paste" have been used with abandon. It also appears that a predictive text program has been used as there are some very odd words popping up which bear no resemblance to the actual one required. These are the errors I have spotted having only read 35% of the book!

The story itself is very good, hence why I wanted to read it again but the very poor presentation of the Kindle edition is making this extremely hard work.
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Having not read this book for many years I downloaded the Kindle version recently. Whilst the story was as enjoyable as I remember the Kindle version is very poor indeed.

Errors include:
Many time individual sentences are completely missed out - comparison to my old paperback edition shows that on various occasions the bottom line from a page on the paperback version had been lost in translation to Kindle!

Duplicated paragraphs

Missing paragraphs - for example the paperback has newspaper articles, letters, etc which are printed in a different
format in the paperback to distinguish them within the text. Some of these are completely missing in the Kindle version.

This is a real shame as it really does spoil the reading experience. I was planning to download some more Archer stories, but am now having second thoughts in case they are of the same poor quality.

Please repair!!!!
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This was one of those books that once I’d started I couldn’t put down (and no, there had not been any bizarre accident with the superglue again). Having read Kane and Abel which I thought was quite superb, I have to confess I was slightly nervous after reading the first few pages that Archer had simply tried to cash in on the Kane and Abel with this book; however, nothing could have been further from the truth
The novel is based around Charlie Trumper and his family during the course of the 20th century and his journey from Whitechapel Market to Chelsea Terrace. During this time he repeatedly experiences turmoil from his enemy, the Trentham family, a group of characters you can’t really help but absolutely hate. Some of the twists in the book were particularly unexpected but wonderfully written.
I particularly liked the way the original style in which the book was written… the book comprises a series of periods during the course of the book from the perspective of various major characters, each of which started with a first person narrative of what you had just read – it sounds a bit weird but works brilliantly
All in all, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you’re an Archer fan, then you’ll find this book superb, and if you’re not… why not?
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Format: Paperback
I have recently read this book for the third time and each time I read it I am captured by the story immediately. It's unputdownable and I read it in a day on the latest sitting!

You wouldn't be blamed for thinking the storyline of an Eastend barrow boy going on to build the 'biggest barrow in the world' with a chain of shops couldn't be that interesting and exciting. However, as the book is full of the usual Archer twists and turns and you would be mistaken as in typical Archer fashion the story grabs your imagination and leaves you unable to stop reading.

As I said in the Kane and Abel review, the man truly is a master storyteller.

Why this has never been made into a mini-series like Kane and Abel was is beyond me!
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I have come to admire Jeffrey Archer's story-telling abilities. As the Crow Flies is an uplifting story of Charlie Trumper's life and is the best kind of, what might be seen as, old-fashioned story-telling with an admirable central character who survives through the ups and downs of life to final success in the end. It's full of tragedy and triumph with twists and turns that keep the pages turning. Good and bad people are pitted against one another as if in Victorian melodrama.

The narrative starts during Charlie's adolescence, through army service in the First World War, to his rise in the business world. Throughout, the story is enriched by the details of his personal life. The book is divided into sections where the passage of his life is chronicled through his own voice and through those of his family, friends, business associates and enemies. Each section not only moves time on, but also gives a different perspective of the story as experienced by the different characters and at the same time helps the reader to imagine and empathize (or not) with them.

In addition to the rags to riches element of the story there's a cracking good mystery over the identity of Cathy's parents that leads the plot to and from Australia onto nail-biting scenes in lawyer's offices. Great stuff!
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