Hi Friends, as promised I’m back on Thursday with a review. I had, very long ago, read Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less’. I found the book very amazing. Thanks to my BFF Geeta for introducing me to Jeffrey Archer. After that I always wanted to read more of his books, but somehow could not. Recently, I had the opportunity to see Jeffrey Archer live at the release of his book ‘This Was a Man’ at Crossword (one of the leading bookstores). It was, then, that I got really motivated and decided to pick up one of his books from my library. I picked up ‘Kane and Abel’. So here I am, to give the review of the book.
It is one such book which every book lover must read (something which I realised after reading the book). The description and comparison of the two important characters in the book is something which I loved the most. As the name itself suggests, the book is all about the two guys Kane and Abel. The book begins with Abel. It starts with him being left unattended soon after birth in the fields when one of the ladies feels bad and adopts him. She and her husband do not have sufficient money to take care of their own children, but still, she goes against her husband’s wishes and adopts Abel. She brings him up along with her other children, but Abel is not very happy about how things are with him from childhood. He has this best friend who is a Baron’s son and he always feels that he deserves to lead a life like him too. One fine day, the Baron himself comes to Abel’s parents and asks their permission to raise him as he sees a lot of potential in him. Since the parents are financially very weak, he is well aware that they will not be able to give him a great life. They agree to send him as he is himself very keen on going. That is when his new journey starts.
On the other hand, is Kane (his name is William Kane), the son of a rich banker, Richard Kane, the Chairman of Kane and Cobbot. The contrast in the lives of Kane and Abel is brought out really well. At the time when Abel is all frustrated and wants to run away from his poverty, Kane has all the riches of life. He is basically born with a silver spoon. There is nothing that he lacks in life. He is also a very smart kid. From a very young age he has a flair for financials, making it very apparent that one day like his dad, he will also head the Bank. His parents want to have another child but they are advised against it, as the doctor says that it is life threatening for the mother.
The lives turn bitter for both of them. The war is on in Poland. The Baron and his Castle is captured. The Baron’s only son and Abel’s best friend is killed in the attack. The Baron is almost dying and Abel as a small kid is clueless. Just when the Baron is about to die he calls Abel and instructs him to escape and save himself when a truth is suddenly revealed and the Baron is shocked (it is to be found out by yourself). He gives Abel his silver band. The Baron dies. Abel is taken away along with a few others. A tough life begins for Abel as he is captured and he knows that if he tries to escape he will be gunned down immediately. On the other hand, Kane, his mom and dad and his grand moms (yes, grandmoms – grand mom Kane and grand mom Cobbot) are all happy in their lives when a tragedy befalls them. Richard dies in a mishap on the sea. Everything is almost getting back on track just when Kane’s mom marries a guy Henry Osborne, who turns out to be the villain in their lives. From the beginning, Kane is not very happy about his mom’s remarriage but lets her go ahead since he is in the Boarding School and he knows that his mom is lonely. Osborne makes life hell for everyone as he is constantly taking money from his wife out of her late husband Richard’s estate. Kane doesn’t like it, but his mom is blind folded in love. He, then, forces her to have a child even though the doctors warn against it. She dies while giving birth and so does the baby. Kane, then, throws Osborne out of the house and begins his life afresh.
Here, on the other hand, Abel escapes from the Germans and lands in US after crossing a lot of obstacles and lands up as a waiter in a restaurant. He, from the start of his life, had been a very ambitious person who doesn’t settle for smaller things in life. He works so hard day and night, that he is observed by a man who runs a chain of restaurants at New York. He absorbs him as the Senior Manager of his restaurant. Immediately after that there are a lot of things that come up and the hotel goes into a huge debt. The owner jumps off the 17th floor in frustration as he couldn’t live up to the bank’s expectations. Abel is really fond of him, so he blames Kane for his death. He is hell bent on taking revenge when Henry Osborne appears out of nowhere in Abel’s life to help him take revenge against Kane.
The story keeps building with a lot of suspense and revenge drama. The story gets an addition of the next generation to it. It then, takes a turn when Kane’s son Richard falls in love with Abel’s daughter Florentina. Both Kane and Abel are furious about it. What happens in the due course? Do they get married or do the parents stop them from going ahead? What happens to Kane and Abel’s hate relationship? Will it ever end or will animosity prevail in the end?
To find out the answers to these questions you MUST read ‘Kane and Abel. It is one awesome book which you cannot afford to miss if you love reading (this is what I realised after reading it). The way Jeffrey Archer writes is something beyond perfection. In addition to that, what I love about this book was the way he has brought out the two characters. He has described them from the beginning of the book in contrast to each other. The circumstances in which they meet and how their hate relationship surfaces and lives all along.
Why are you still here, reading this when you can actually grab the book and start off.
See you soon . . .
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