This Was a Man: The Final Volume of The Clifton Chronicles Hardcover – 8 Nov 2016
|Hardcover, 8 Nov 2016||
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About the Author
JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and twenty-four years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections―including Cometh the Hour, the instant #1 New York Times bestseller―have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
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Much against the general opinion of people who read the series and claimed that the last book was underwhelming – I would like to counter that because I totally loved it and will call it a perfect ending. Yes, it doesn’t comes any closer to the first two for sure but is certainly way better then the last four and a perfect finale I will say. Here too Lady Virginia bounces back with a vengeance and her story takes an amazing (hilarious) turn as we expect no less then what actually happens to her – Karma at its best. The way Jeffrey has covered the seven decades in the life of the trio of Harry, Emma and Giles progresses in life and achieves what they achieve together against all odds is simply commendable, from kids at a primary school to great grandfather and grand fathers respectively plus the added important episodes from history make it a damn good read. Also as Harry’s last book comes to an end (book inside a book) – I guess all the fans will definitely look forward to the same booking coming to stands this year some time soon by Jeffrey Archer named “Heads You Win”, what a superb idea. I wish I could come across Jeffrey Archer in real life so I get an opportunity to take out my pen and raise in respect – if you know what I mean.
The final book in the Clifton Chronicles, This Was A Man is a finale like no other. Jeffrey Archer, effortlessly, brings together several generations of the Barringtons and Cliftons; binding them in a stronghold of family, friendship and love. While Emma and Harry Clifton are steadily climbing the ladder of success, knocking off obstacles with a flick of their hand, their granddaughter Jessica gets blinded by a carefree lifestyle, careening into a destructive future. Lady Virginia Fenwick plays the part of a puppeteer in an attempt to stay afloat at the cost of others' despair.
Brother and sister are pitted against each other in their own battle for justice when Emma and Giles' views on a bill demand their efforts to be poured into oppositional political parties. Whereas, fate plays its part in the lives of Adriane Sloane, Desmond Mellor and Jim Knowles, as a wicked turn of events has them scurrying to gather support. This last installment, applaudable in every right, is a reminder of the glory of a writer - be that of Jeffrey Archer or Harry Clifton - both of whom, have left a marvelous legacy behind.
Having read the previous book in the series, I was eager to know how everything would be concluded in this one. Even though the book opens with a mystery, I felt that the initial few chapters were a little slow paced and often, I found myself trying to hard to stay tuned to what was going on. I didn't care much for the politics. But Jeffrey Archer is no ordinary writer. And I was buckled in for a thrilling ride soon after. One of the major brownie points that this novel garners is its characterization. The depth of character is evident as we follow multiple storylines taking place simultaneously. I particularly loved the sections with Jessica Clifton and Lady Virginia, because they were so unpredictable. Samantha Clifton doesn't have much of a presence in the book, but that is alright.
This novel only gets better and better with each chapter. It engulfs you with myriad emotions at the most unexpected of times. Needless to say, Giles Barrington is a splendid orator. His speeches, his points of debate left me in awe of the power he possess to tide over his audience with mere words. I haven't read the whole series and yet I was so drawn towards the book, I can't begin to imagine the state of other Jeffrey Archer fans who have been following the Cliftons from the beginning. The bonds of family and friendship that have been highlighted are beyond commendable. So much so that I wanted to be a part of something as magnanimous. I definitely loved this book a lot more than the previous one. And would encourage you to pick it up, if you haven't already. It will keep you hooked till the very end and when it does end, you'd be left with a feeling of something great that has washed over you and is now receding. Kudos to Jeffrey Archer! This Was A Man, indeed.
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