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by Jeffrey Archer

If your dream is big enough, not even your enemies can stop you...Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps â? his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: The Biggest Barrow in the World.Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies. But in Jeffrey Archer's expert hands it becomes an epic journey through the triumphs and disasters of the century, as Charlie follows a thread of love, ambition and revenge to fulfil the dream his grandfather inspired.
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ISBN: 0330523171
ISBN13: 978-0330523172
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Language: English
Publisher: Pan Books (November 5, 2010)
ePUB size: 1231 kb
FB2 size: 1603 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 880
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Let me begin by saying I am a huge fan of Jeffery Archer, so this review is obviously biased. Archer was the author that got me originally hooked on reading with his classic - "Kane and Abel", and I can't really recall any of his novels that I have not enjoyed. "As The Crow Flies" is another exceptional read and displays once again what a terrific storyteller Archer is. His heros and heroines are often flawed but always turn out to be characters you inevitably end up rooting for against the antagonists in Archer books that you usually absolutely loathe. There is no difficulty in differentiating between good and evil in Archer's novels. "As the Crow Flies" follows a common rags to riches theme covering more than 60 years in the lives of Charlie and Becky Trumper and their trials and tribulations with the evil Mrs. Trentham. Archer fans will find some similarities to the "Clifton Chronicles" in writing style and some of the sub-plots in this book, but they certainly didn't diminish the readability of this book to me. If you like yarns about lower classes overcoming great odds to achieve personal and economic success, you will definitely be drawn in by this book. But, the best thing I can say about "As the Crow Flies" is that it is written by a master storyteller who develops characters you can relate to and care about. I would also recommend the Clifton Chronicles series as well as "A Prisoner of Birth" by Jeffrey Archer.
What a good read from beginning to end a definite must for people who enjoys reading.. The basic story is told in the beginning with lots of unanswered questions and then each character tells his story in his section which fills the gaps but is so cleverly told that you only get the complete story in the end. Lots of surprises, suspense, twists and turns, humor as only a good author can do. A definite page turner and a difficult book to put down.
This was recommended to me and I recommend it to you. The story of approximately 65 years of life of Charlie, the main character, his wife and several others in his orbit. Charlie was born poor with an Entrepreneur's spirit. His goal was to create the largest "barrow" in the world. He was opposed by his background, general economic conditions and one particularly heinous adversary.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book was that the author told the "same" events through the eyes of the different players. Their perspectives gave the story more depth and interest. (It has always amazed me to hear two antagonists tell their interpretation of certain events and ascribe motivations to the other that were wild stretches.)

I found myself reading longer than I might normally intend simply because I was anxious to find out what happens next.

Very enjoyable book.
I was a little hesitant to begin reading a book of this length,but ATCF proved to be a very quick read. I read the sample on my Kindle and was hooked from the very first. The characters are real, and the story never lags. I liked the way Archer tells the tale from many viewpoints., having narratives from several characters. Our hero Charlie is quite likable. Just when you think the author has written him into a corner, he finds a way out. My only minor complaint is that I had to use a magnifying glass to read the hand written letters LOL. Other than that is was a very enjoyable experience. I'll miss Charlie et all.
When I'm asked who is my favorite male writer of popular fiction drama, it would be a toss up between Sidney Sheldon and Jeffrey Archer. However, I would give Archer a slight edge because his spy, espionage, and murder dramas are a tad more intriguing and intellectually engaging.

The first novel I read by Jeffrey Archer was A MATTER OF HONOR. Wow! I was instantly hooked by Archer's international cat and mouse chases, and the incredible suspense he whipped up as I anxiously wondered what was going to happen to the cast of characters in the coming chapters. I was captivated by Archer's cleverness, and his ability to keep me guessing trying to figure out how his characters would escape dangerous villains, and unforeseen dilemmas that kept them on the run, or attempting to out-think and out-maneuver formative adversaries.
A MATTER OF HONOR was simply superb. Afterward, I read Archer's PRISONER OF BIRTH, followed by the outstanding bestseller, KANE AND ABEL. And, 'for sheer fun', I chose, NOT A PENNY MORE, NOT A PENNY LESS for my next Jeffrey Archer novel.

Among these and other titles including, SONS OF FORTUNE, Archer proves to be a master storyteller; able to whip intrigue and suspense into enjoyable and riveting plots. All of his novels are great. One caveat. While I don't usually recommend 'sequels', Archer's, PRODIGAL DAUGHTER did not disappoint if you are interested in a quick read ... even though Archer 'cheated' by devoting too much time recapping the plot of KANE AND ABEL. Next I read, AS THE CROW FLIES.

I'm not sure why AS THE CROW FLIES became my second favorite among Jeffrey Archer's exciting novels. Perhaps it was the craftiness and ingenuity of the affable main character, Charlie Trumpet growing up poor in the Lower East End of London. And, I probably liked the fact that in this rags to riches story, Archer allowed the character to maintain a sense of humility, that is to say that Charlie Trumpet never became over pretentious in his difficult climb to success. Also, I liked that despite Charlie's lowly background, he had the assertiveness to take on challenges that seemed improbable to achieve. Most of all, no matter the difficulties or barriers, the achievements and success, Charlie Trumpet always remembered his roots. Also, I'd be amiss to not admit that I simply enjoy reading Jeffrey Archer. And, although AS THE CROW FLIES was fairly easy reading, it was lengthy; 700+ pages ... which meant that I had enough time to savor the sheer enjoyment and pleasure of reading every word in this fun and exciting story.

Maizie Lucille James
July 12, 2010