- Paperback: 564 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (21 July 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006478719
- ISBN-13: 978-0006478713
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 4.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,252,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas -- Washington Post
Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius -- Daily Telegraph
'Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Probably the greatest storyteller of our age.' (The Mail on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Kane and Abel was the first Archer novel I read. The plot about two men born on the same day in different parts of the world is a compelling one. Archer weaves an intricate and entertaining tale of revenge and hatred as he chronicles the seemingly unrelated lives of the two protagonists. When their paths eventually cross, readers are thrown into a world of double-dealings, backstabbing, and intrigue.
Archer excels in making the readers care deeply for both the title characters. He does not make one the hero and the other the villain. Both are determined, successful and strong but ultimately humans capable of making mistakes. The twist that Archer throws in so skilfully at the end makes for one of the most bittersweet conclusions I have ever read.
Very few people I know would admit to liking Jeffrey Archer the Politician. But I can almost guarantee that this book will make you a fan of Jeffrey Archer the Storyteller. Give him a try.
There isn't as such an excitement crescendo to this book and there are perhaps pretentions that this should go down as a classic (which for me anyone it does), but the ending to the story is brilliant - a top effort from start to finish.
On a side note, there are two books that follow this one as well - The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President. The former is an excellent book although perhaps too similar to Kane and Abel looking at the next generation of Kane and Abel. Shall We Tell The President continues from this but was apparently originally written with completely different characters - for me, it's a shame it was changed... the book's great but it gains nothing by including the Kanes again.
My recommendation would be definitely read the Prodigal Daughter (but not too soon after Kane and Abel) but as for Shall We Tell The President, see if you can get a copy of the original version.
I originally read Kane and Abel in 1983 – in one night! I started about 8ish in the evening and got totally gripped. Luckily I had nowhere to be the next day and I proceeded with the ‘I will just read one more page, I’ll read to the end of the chapter, I’ll read one more chapter’ mantra until finally about 4 or 5 in the morning I had finished the book.
I just had to know what happens next and the way that Mr Archer intertwined his story of the two main characters, their families and businesses is so well written and described that I cannot imagine anyone would not find this a fascinating read. Love, hatred, allegiances, betrayal etc. everything is there.
I thought, before re-reading Kane and Abel again, that I remembered it perfectly from when I originally read it, but I had forgotten so much – and remembered a lot too, that again I could not put it down –although this time I paced myself and read it over several evenings. I am about to start re-reading The Prodigal Daughter and although not as gripping as Kane and Abel, it is still nonetheless a good, absorbing read.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone. You are in for a total treat.
I have also just received the DVD of Kane and Abel and unlike most mini-series made from a book, this sticks to the book as near as is possible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Certainly a page turner. Kept the reader interested throughout. Thought the ending was a bit abrupt and the twist in the tale was rather obvious early on in the book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer larry
Read it over 25 years ago and it's still in my top ten books. Brilliant.Published 22 days ago by Sally
Read this book years ago and enjoyed it just as much second time aroundPublished 1 month ago by Eileen Towill
Really good read. Fast paced with a trmendous storyline.Published 1 month ago by william john locke
amazing, gripping and such a brilliant story, impossible to put down, my second time to read it, having read it in my teensPublished 1 month ago by rach
Brilliant. Ive read this book twice and seen the film. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer