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Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Formatting may be different depending on your device and eBook type. They had only one thing in common. William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant - two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune. Kane and Abel is the marvellous story, spanning sixty years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save.
Actually, this book annoyed me so much that I am typing this and getting angrier and angrier, remembering how bad it was. So I'll stop.
View all 17 comments. Released in the United Kingdom in and in the United States in February , the book was an international success. It reached No. The book tells the stories of two men born worlds apart. They have nothing in common except the same date of birth 18 April in the book, and in the miniseries based on it and a zeal to succeed in life. William Lowell Kane is a wealthy and powerful Boston Brahmin while Abel Rosnovski originally named Wladek Koskiewicz is a Pole who was born in a situation of great poverty and eventually migrated to the United States.
Aug 31, Richard rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I've ever read. Two men from different backgrounds meet and impact on each others lives. One extremely rich and one a poor refugee from the world war travels to America to make a name for himself. Well written with interesting charaters and story.
Well worth a read. View all 4 comments. It was clear from the start that this wasn't great literature by any means--but for the first part of around pages I found it gripping. One of those sagas where you enjoy a panorama of history and watching two powerful characters clashing. The story follows two men born on the same day in We follow their parallel but contrasting from boyhood.
Both prove themselves at first both extraordina It was clear from the start that this wasn't great literature by any means--but for the first part of around pages I found it gripping. Both prove themselves at first both extraordinary and sympathetic. We watch self-contained William shrewdly build on his fortune, making his own money buying and selling matchbox cars to his classmates, building a stockmarket portfolio while still a schoolboy, and struggling against his feckless stepfather.
Meanwhile Abel comes into his inheritance, learning he's his father's son even as he loses everything to the Russians in the wake of World War I and emigrating to the United States with only a few dollars coming off the boat. My problems with the books began when their lives began to intersect. Too many coincidences moved the plot, too many misunderstandings and pettiness factored into their enmity and the resolution was too cliched.
Nov 06, Two Bibliomaniacs rated it really liked it Shelves: With such a clear allusion to the dysfunctional brothers in Genesis, we were intrigued.
Does the title even refer to a pair of brothers? Does the title even refer to people? Is Jeffery Archer even a real person? These questions plagued us for several months, until finally, we decided to pursue the sensible option and just read the book.
Kane & Abel Series by Jeffrey Archer
William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski are not brothers. In fa With such a clear allusion to the dysfunctional brothers in Genesis, we were intrigued. Kane was the son of a rich banker while Able was born penniless and parentless and with only one nipple. Kane was offered every advantage in life while Able was thrown into a Russian labor camp at a young age.
Driven to build their financial empires, fate soon has both characters set on a collision course that will have you humming get ready for our big musical number It's a world of laughter, a world of tears.
Its a world of hopes, its a world of fear. Its a small world after all. Kane and Abel was all about the two main characters. They were arrogant, stubborn, greedy, unforgiving, and As a result, they were incredibly interesting. The entire novel was devoted to their lives and while Kane and Abel possess plenty of good traits, it was those listed above that had us clenching our fists and wanting to smite both of them.
The historical aspects of the novel were also very intriguing. Even events like the commercial release of Gone with the Wind and McCarthyism were woven into the story, yet the narrative stayed focused and never bogged down. By the end, we had a deep appreciation for the characters and were sad to finish the last page.
Then we stumbled across the sequel View 1 comment. Dec 29, peachygirl rated it it was amazing Shelves: What a marvelous story! Now I can either write a detailed review about how amazing this was or get my hands on the second book as quick as possible.
So, Prodigal daughter, here I come. View all 3 comments. Jan 14, William rated it did not like it Shelves: Archer's Criminal Trial for Perjury from Wikipedia "On 26 September , Archer was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice during the libel trial. The perjury trial began on 30 May , a month after Monica Coghlan's death in a road traffic accident. On 19 July , Archer was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice at the trial.
Prominent journalists admitted to having accepted Archer's 'hospitality' after he was convicted". View all 9 comments. Mar 20, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was exactly what I needed at the time. Just a good story. I loved the parallel storylines of two boys born on the same day on opposite ends of the earth, and anticipating the convergence of them. These are usually my favorite types of novels.
It's not the perfect read, though. As I was getting through the first 30 pages or so, I was struck by the feeling I was reading this extended prologue: The unfortunate thing is, the entire novel seemed this way. Sure there were points where I was empathizing with the characters, but at no point did I really feel as though I knew them intimately.
Stephen King is by far my favorite author, and the reason for this is not only can he tell a story, you are also walking the miles in his characters' shoes. You know exactly what they are feeling, and why. Every novel I read comes up to this scrutiny. I need to know and care about and sometimes hate characters. Now, don't think that this novel is not worth reading, It certainly is. It is a fantastic story and I could hardly put it down. This is one of the few times I can let my rich characterization criteria fall by the side and simply enjoy where this story is going.
There are surprises to be had, and the pacing of the plotlines was expertly done. I will absolutely, definitely, read more Jeffrey Archer! I wish I could give it four and a half stars, so let's say it is that. Very enjoyable, read it! Mar 03, Gillian rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think this has to be the best book I have ever read. I keep recommending it to everyone so much so a friend of mine believes I have shares in the publishing world!
I was completely surprised when I read this book. What I thought it would be like and what was delivered far exceeded my expectations. You end up liking both characters despite them conflicting with each other. The ending is remarkable. It is so engrossing that you can actually imagine and visualise what they experienced both physic I think this has to be the best book I have ever read.
It is so engrossing that you can actually imagine and visualise what they experienced both physically and emotionally. A true genius when it comes to story telling anyway that's for sure!
View 2 comments. Dec 04, Pooja marked it as to-read Shelves: I guess many people would be ready to kill me if I say that I haven't read any of Jeffrey Archer's books yet! But hey, there was a day when I hadn't read any of Sidney Sheldon's and J. This day shall pass too. Thank you Krishna Prasanna for looming over me to get me read it soon.
Jul 19, Jennifer rated it it was ok. However, their births could not be more different. Abel is a penniless orphan who is adopted by a poor Polish woodcutter's family after his mother is found dying by the road. Kane is born into a life of privilege—the only son of a powerful Boston banking millionaire.
The book chronicles the parallel lives of the two men. Abel endures hardship, tragedy and oppression but manages to immigrate to America a Story Overview Two men—William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski—are born on the same day in Abel endures hardship, tragedy and oppression but manages to immigrate to America and build a successful hotel chain.
Kane takes full advantage of his birthright and receives the finest education money can buy and becomes the leader of one of America's oldest and most powerful banks—yet suffers a series of tragedies of his own that make him wary of trusting people.
Although their lives run parallel as they establish their careers, there are moments when their lives intersect. Eventually, they confront each other in a business situation that ends up affecting both their lives forever and leading to a game of one-upsmanship that affects not only their individual businesses but the U.
As the conflict unfolds between them for the bulk of their adult lives, both are stunned to find that the biggest price ends up being paid by those they love the most. My Thoughts I'm going to say this upfront: I didn't like this book. I forced myself to finish reading it—hoping it might get better. It didn't. Once I was pages in, I felt I needed to just go ahead and slog on through. But whatever they might have seen in this book eluded me because it left me cold.
My first problem is with the writing style. I found the writing to be very choppy. The entire book is written in a kind of rat-a-tat-tat style that I found off-putting. The majority of the narration and dialogue simply exists to move the story along; there isn't a lot of introspection, character development or extraneous description. I kept thinking: So abrupt and cold.
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Characters are introduced and then dispatched with cold abandon. Perhaps this is meant to mirror the characters themselves—both of whom are somewhat unlikable and ruthless—but I feel it doesn't allow the reader to get a toehold into the story. My next problem was with the amazing coincidences that keep bringing these two together. I guess I should have expected that from the very beginning when Archer chose to have them born on the same day.
However, it began to annoy the heck out of me when they kept having run-ins that were really unbelievable. I mean, in all of the insanity of World War II, the fact that Abel who mostly stays behind battle lines managing the food prep ventures into "combat" exactly one time and manages to heroically save one person and it ends up being Kane was just too much for me. Another coincidence that drove me up the wall was when these men—who end up being the bitterest enemies bent on mutual destruction for almost the entire book—both have one person they love more than anyone in the world—their children.
I'll give you one guess who ends up falling in love. Doesn't that just beat all? I mean it isn't like they live in a small town or anything where the choices are limited.
No, they "find" each other in the podunk town of New York City.
Oh, did I spoil the book for you? Well, you should have seen it coming a mile off—I know I did and I'm terrible at that kind of stuff. But perhaps the biggest reason I didn't like the book was that I didn't like Kane or Abel.
I just didn't give a darn what happened to either one of them. Both are obsessed with money and power and have few "real" human relationships. So once you factor in unlikable characters, add in a writing style that didn't grab me, and multiply by plot turns that seem unbelievably contrived, I ended up giving this book two stars and that is being generous.
My Final Recommendation I don't recommend this book at all. I didn't enjoy it in the least. So, I guess I've defying Otto Preminger, who has a blurb on the back of my book that reads: I didn't enjoy it. What are you going to do about it? But I have to tell you, I seem to be alone in my assessment of this book from what I can tell.
There are tons of 5 star reviews on Amazon, and the book jacket itself is just loaded with glowing praise. So, even though it wasn't my type of book, it might still have merit for you. An intensely played out, high-powered drama.
A story of two very different men belonging to two different social classes, driven by their aspirations of success, wealth, power and a life-long feud based on inaccurate assumptions and misunderstandings. A fitting ending to boot. Gold fever. We all know the phenomenon; an obsession, a never-ending fascination and a desperate need for more.
As I read this book I experienced something similar; reading fever. When I first began reading this book, I simply couldn't stop. I wouldn't stop. It wasn't even possible. With an almost destructive greed I had to read on, to keep turning the thin pages - and when I finally reached the end, and there were no more pages to turn, I felt completely empty, saddened by the fact, that the bo Gold fever.
With an almost destructive greed I had to read on, to keep turning the thin pages - and when I finally reached the end, and there were no more pages to turn, I felt completely empty, saddened by the fact, that the book had run out of words. It's been a long time since I've felt this way. Usually I'm always focusing on a beautiful languages with mesmerizing metaphors and beautiful sentences.
Kane and Abel
This book however does not contain any of those factors; the writing style is simple, there is hardly any use of adjectives or long passages of descriptions, which I normally hold so dear. Kane and Abel Audience: General Format: English Number Of Pages: Pan Macmillan UK.
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