Thank goodness Jeffrey Archer got a Baronetcy in 1992 The man has an unhealthy preoccupation with rank, status, and money as this collection of short stories will attest Written in 1980, these are vignettes of a simpler time, before email and cellular phones and Twitter and Facebook cluttered up our lives When wealth and luxury were marked by Rolls Royces, leather chairs and Cuban cigars rather than hybrid vehicles, recycled furniture and vegan meals There s something deeply comforting about an Archer story They re full of wry surprises and parlour tricks No shock and awe tactics are ever employed, just a soothing compendium of light surface description and blithe plot Sex is obliquely referred to as making love with a breast here and there, but is terribly perfunctory Archer never lasts than a paragraph or two and there s certainly no talk of emotions Violence is always offscreen, a distant assassination, no direct hits The reader is flown graciously across continents in a show of cosmopolitan worldliness Over a dozen tidy tales, we are taken on a global tour from China to London, New York to Nigeria We meet captains of industry, bankers, military commanders, foreign diplomats, Empresses and Presidents Lord Jeffrey makes sure to introduce you to people from all the right social circles, dah ling.The writing style is clean, masculine and unapologetic Archer employs a unique image, usually a simile repeated for emphasis, as a hook that pulls you into each story It s clever authorial sleight of hand Look over here, at the woman I ve described as the White Queen with cottage loaf hair Don t worry about the looming punchline Observe this fleet of black Mercedes that I ve likened to a land bound crocodile Never mind what those macho Brazilian men are up to.If you re a fan of Ocean s Eleven, or any story populated by scoundrels, thieves, gamblers and tricksters, Lord Jeffrey will delight you He ll drop names and make too casual mentions of fancy brands, institutions and corporations as a personal resume of aristocratic tastes and upper crust associations, with heavy emphasis on Oxford and Eton.These stories steer clear of heavy themes and social commentary, focusing rather on cognac and cricket the male equivalent of chick lit In the end, you may not read a great work of literature, but you ll have passed a pleasant few hours on a plane or in a waiting room with a cozy sensation of nostalgia, wit and borrowed glamour Old Love , the last story, was the one I liked best. Ordinary Heros,Extraordinary DeedsThe Bestselling Author Of Kane Abel, The Prodigal Daughter And Honor Among Theives Once Again Astonishes, Delights, And Electrifies His Legions Of FansFrom London To China, And New York To Nigeria, Jeffrey Archer Takes The Reader On A Tour Of Ancient Heirlooms And Modern Romance, Of Cutthroat Business And Kindly Strangers, Of Lives Lived In The Realms Of Power And Lives Freed From The Gloom Of Oppression Fortunes Are Made And Squandered, Honor Betrayed And Redeemed, And Love Lost And RediscoveredEmbracing The Passions That Drive Men And Women To Love And To Hate, The Short Stories In A Quiver Full Of Arrows Will Captivate The Hearts And Souls Of Readers Of Everywhere A Quiver full of Arrows is a wonderful book to make a beginning to your Jeffrey Archer Shelf This is the first book, written by him that I have read and I seriously loved it It s completely worth all the time you spend on it, even if it means ignoring the teacher in class and reading in secret All his short stories, begin by making the reader curious and end.well endings are so unexpected that I promise you will never fail to smile Each story has a strange twist that makes it different and unique when compared to the others in the same book Except one, he doesn t mention which one all the tales in his book are based on true life incidents, which make them even delicious to read For those who want make a simple beginning, a small book but with some very memorable anecdotes, its the perfect choice Read it yourself and be surprised. I loved the book It is a collection of twelve short fabulous stories I liked most The Coup and Old Love Both are like mini novels I would love both of them as full fledged novels The author is surely a seasoned short story writer. Jeffrey Archer s storytelling at it s best. A reviewer here said Archer s short stories are like chick lit for guys that gave me a good chuckle because the description is spot on Stories here are hits and misses, all set in the good old fashion of bygone era with a touch of misogyny Nothing serious and overly emotional, just some inconsequential, decently written light reading. Its a wonderful collection of short stories that captures your imagination and makes you ponder over the little nuances The broken routine an old love were my personal favourites Must read if you love short stories Rather dull, and evidence that without his political connections, Jeffrey Archer would be about as interesting as a student in a beginners fiction writing workshop Every story features some feeble attempt at irony that makes it seem amateurish, like the yawner about two middle aged men who bet about which will be first to bed a beautiful girl, only to find out she d been taking bets on them Oh, SNAP Save your money. Lazy review I m giving this 4 stars because it started with some boring stories but ended so excellently I found myself smiling alone upon reaching the last page This is a book that I borrowed from the library and I swear I want to rip off the pages of The Hungarian Professor and Old Love and keep them in my own collection because I enjoyed those stories so much I m still feeling that weird bittersweet feeling as I m typing this. The ending of Old Love made me cry my eyes out.
- 288 pages
- A Quiver Full of Arrows
- Jeffrey Archer
- 10 November 2018 Jeffrey Archer