Book review: As the crow flies (by Jeffrey Archer)

Title: As the crow flies

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Publisher: Pan Books

The lead character is Charlie Trumper. This is a story about his life from a schoolboy to a soldier fighting in World War 1, and from a costermonger to a shop owner then finally to becoming the chairman of his business empire. It is also a record of his love story, his family story, and his feud with the Trentham family. Set in the 20th century, the reader will see how the major events such as World War 1, World War 2, coronation of Queen Elizabeth, affected the characters, and the nation.

The story is written mainly in 3rd party narration, but at some junctures there would be a retelling of some events in the story in 1st party narration, from the various characters’ perspective. It is like interviewing the characters and having them relate some events to the best of their memory. This also allows readers to have a deeper understanding of the characters.

As expected, there are a number of mysteries, ironies, and twists sprinkled throughout the story to keep the reader in suspense, never knowing what it would be before turning the page. I would think the most intriguing irony would be having a Trentham to save Charlie Trumper’s company from a hostile takeover bid mounted by Trentham.


PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.

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