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A Quiver Full of Arrows Paperback – 21 Jul 1997

4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (21 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006478662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006478669
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,368,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A master at mixing power, politics, and profit into fiction." -- "Entertainment Weekly "

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An intriguing collection of moving and surprising short stories from Jeffrey Archer

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Jeffrey Archer proves with this effort that he is one of the most talented writers of fictional stories there is. I particularly enjoyed 'One Night Stand' which deals with the stoney ground of mutual attraction and delves into the mind of both parties in various situations. If you appreciate a good quality short story after the other then you will find this to be a suitable purchase.
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A collection of 12 short stories written by one of my favourite authors proved a little disappointing. I'm not a particular fan of short stories; I prefer to invest time into characters and a plot. The title of the book suggests that you will be reading a collection of short, sharp tales which will drive a point home.

There is a sense of "and the moral of this story is" with this collection. There's also a heavy focus on Oxford, where Archer studied and obviously has fond memories of, and of the life of the privileged classes in general. Some tend to alienate, some are mildly amusing and others are just plain silly - The First Miracle being a case in point.

Each story is undoubtedly well written by the intelligent, articulate and literate Archer. However, I was a long way from being bowled over, as I have been by his other work.
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Jeffrey Archer is a good story teller.
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't think that it was up to his best standard - 'A Twist in The Tale' was better.

Nevertheless, if you like short stories, then this Jeffrey Archer collection shouldn't disappoint too much.

Anyway, I hope that this review is helpful in some way when making the decision.
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Jeffrey Archer is a wonderful story teller, however this collection was not up to his usual high standard. 'The Hungarian Professor' for example, what was the point of that story?? It had a most unsatisfactory ending, as did 'The Luncheon'. 'Henry's hiccup' started of very promising but then ended so abruptly. 'The perfect gentleman' has me at a loss, I still don't understand the point of it! After reading his other short story collections like 'A twist in the tale' and 'Twelve red herrings' this was very disappointing. If this is your first experience of Lord Archer's writing please do not be put off!
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I'm a huge archer fan and this was my first foray into his short story books........what a disappiontment,then I read the last
story "Old love"......it was like a cold refreshing drink after a long day or a superb dessert after a bland meal.As I said,this was the final story and my thoughts were thank god I'm nearly done,then.......what an enchanting story,beautifully crafted as only archer can do and with that final twist that tears at your heart strings.As I write this review,I'm going back to read that final story once again,before it goes into the bookcase
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I agree with the previous reviewer wholeheartedly. Jeffrey Archer is undoubtedly one of the best storytellers I've ever read. No wonder this is a number 1 bestseller!

If you enjoy short stories then this is for you. Great to dip in and out of on short commutes or in your workbreak.

A marvellous collection!
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I was looking forward to reading this book of short stories as I enjoy the Archer style of writing very much, but I was disappointed with the book and I think there were two really good stories in all. If you are, like me an Archer fan buy it cheap in a second hand book shop and read it on a rainy day when you want to while away a couple of hours, but you might not be so hooked as to up all night to finish it! Sorry
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I really, really enjoyed this book of short stories by JA. Each story was completely different and each had it's own twist at the end. I would not normally buy a book of short stories, but this is the 3rd JA book of short stories that I have read. I hope there are many more books inside JA, as I am truly addicted, I'm not reading anyone else's books until I have read them all..... so I hope there are plenty more to come!
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