This collection of twelve short stories will draw you into each tale as fortunes are made and squandered, honour betrayed and redeemed, and love lost and. A QUIVER FULL OF ARROWS adds to his already impressive literary score’. Bolton Evening News. ‘Jeffrey Archer’s quiver is full of sharp arrows. His stories. This collection of 12 short stories will draw you into each story, whether it is “Old Love”, the tale of two undergraduates at Oxford in the ’30s and their bitter rivalry.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. From 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 rediscovered.
Embracing 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.
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Lists with This Book. Dear Jeffrey Archer, Your long novels suck but your short stories are amazing. Your long novels are boring but your short stories arrosw interesting. I always found the twists in your long novels intolerable but the ones in your short stories, you guessed it, were witty and fantabulous. To concludeplease write more jefrrey stories. I’ve already read them all and there’s no more anthologies to read.
Do not bother writing any more long novels as that will waste time that could be spent on creating short Dear Jeffrey Archer, Your long novels suck but your short stories are amazing. Do not bother writing any more long novels as that will waste time that could be spent on creating short stories of beauty. Sincerely, An apologetically honest fan P.
S If you didn’t get that I liked your short stories but not your novels, please read through letter again and ruminate deeper. S You can write anything that you want. I’m just cranky at how disappointed I am with your novels flul reading through the creativity and finesse of your anthologies.
S You are absolutely brilliant Mr. Can I have an authentic autographed anthology of short stories from you, please? S That last story of yours? Old LoveI think it was?
That was my favourite. So sweet and yet so sorrowful. Thank goodness Jeffrey Archer got a Baronetcy in The man has an unhealthy preoccupation with rank, status, and money as this collection of short stories will attest. Written inthese 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 jrffrey, recycled furniture and vegan meals.
There’s something deeply comforting abo Thank goodness Jeffrey Archer arroes a Baronetcy in There’s something deeply comforting about an Archer story. They’re full of wry surprises and archdr tricks. No shock and awe tactics are ever employed, just a soothing compendium jefvrey light surface description and quvier plot. Sex is obliquely quuiver to as “making love” with a breast here and there, but is terribly perfunctory – Archer never lasts more 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.
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: 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. Oct 28, Angelica Watson psst!
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 Each story has a strange twist that makes it different ‘A Quiver full of Arrows’ is a wonderful book to make a beginning to your Jeffrey Archer Shelf.
Each story has a strange twist that makes it different and more 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 more 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.
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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. Dec 05, Soo Yen rated it liked it. 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. Dec 21, Shashank K rated it really liked it. 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!
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Aug 19, Paul rated it it was ok. 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.
View all 4 comments. Feb 13, Fee Anyau rated it really liked it. I’m giving jefffrey 4 stars arroqs 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. I don’t usually read short stories but someone gave me this ages ago and I needed something to read while waiting for my dog to be groomed so thought I’d give it a go.
I really enjoyed it. The stories were varied and some better than others – Broken Routine was my favourite but I would recommend it. Eleven short stories arrowd a twist at the end to hammer it home. These are fun, and the humor is rather English, so it’s pretty damn delightful. As for writing style, it’s clipped without lacking, and each story feels like something you might hear told over a whisky in a club with deep leather chairs.
I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. And that’s saying something. I think “Old Love” might have been my favorite. A good introduction to Jeffrey Archer.