Phew!!! At last I have completed reading all unread posts in my Google Reader and commenting on almost all of them. If you don’t find my comment on any of your posts then be assured I have read it…just did not comment. 🙂
Now for the post, my first book review post 🙂
Jeffery Archer has always been one of favorite authors. His first book “Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less” is one of the top books on my favorite list. I have always liked his short stories collections too. He excels at writing short stories which are witty, entertaining and have great punch lines. So after entering Landmark, the first thing I laid my hands on was his latest collection “And Thereby Hangs A Tale”.
This collection has 15 stories which the author has gathered from around the globe during the past five years. Most of the stories are based on true incidents. Archer has included an Indian love story “Caste Off” too in his collection. The book had a special India launch at Landmark on May 4 to entice the Indian readers..even the back cover of the book cites this story first.
It is an Archer book..so the language is lucid, the stories are simple yet entertaining, each different from another, well written and of course having his trademark twist in the end. Some of the stories like “The Queen’s Birthday Telegram” and “The Undiplomatic Diplomat” are quite refreshing.
Some of the stories are quite predictable..I guess that is because when one has read too many of such stories one can guess the ending correctly….just like it happens with me in case of suspense movies.
In the Indian story “Caste Off” Archer has written -“After the newly married couple had danced seven times around Pheras,the final confirmation of their wedding vows.”
Danced seven times around Pheras???? DANCED??? 😕
We are not Red Indians!!
This was one thing I didn’t expect from a well-known author like him. How hard is it to get your facts checked from, say, an Indian?
This mistake apart, the book is quite enjoyable. A light and easy read for a cosy rainy afternoon 🙂 And it is available at just Rs 191 on Flipkart!!
My rating – 3.5/5