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Kane and Abel Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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William Kane and Abel Rosnovski both enter the world in 1906. One is born to a wealthy, socially prominent Boston family. The other is born in poverty in Poland to an unwed woman who dies during childbirth. They each have a remarkable life story that makes for spellbinding reading until the finale in 1963.
Abel is rescued from the woods beside the body of his dead mother by a hunter and taken into a peasant family. The Russian occupation of Poland, his fearful and solitary escape to Turkey and later America, will have you cheering this tough young boy.
Meanwhile, young William Kane is growing up in the lap of luxury, attending the finest schools, and winning every honor his father before him achieved.
You will be fascinated by Archer's storytelling and the vivid characters he portrays. You will root for Abel and take him to your heart. You will be fascinated with William and wish only the best for him. Unfortunately, when the two characters cross paths as young men, a fierce hatred erupts and they become life-long enemies, as Abel swears to destroy William Kane.
The author has made each of his main characters so endearing that the reader is torn and loyalties falter. Do you root for Abel? Do you root for William? Dare you hope they will work this out? Whatever you are thinking, you will be surprised. This is not one of those novels where you will see the ending coming, but you will be stunned, sad, and uplifted as a gamut of emotions play with your mind and heart.
I finished this late last night and have been thinking about Abel and William all day. I can hardly wait to start on the sequel, "The Prodigal Daughter."
I won't give a description of the book since so many others have, but I will say it's one of my all time favorites. I thought it was outstanding.
"Kane and Abel" tells the story of two men born on the same day yet in vastly differing circumstances. William Kane is born to wealthy New York parents at the dawn of what has been called The American Century, a life full of privilege and promise stretching before him. A world away, little Wladek Koskiewicz, bastard son of a Polish baron and one of the baron's peasants, has none of Kane's early advantages; no advantages at all in fact. Wladek's family is killed in the Great War and he sets sail for America with nothing more than the scantest of birthrights, a bracelet belonging to the dead Baron through the inscriptions of which the american Immigration official incorrectly documents him as Baron Abel Rosnovski.
Kane is stubborn, Abel determined; the two men cross paths repeatedly in business, each seeking to outmanoeuvre the other. Archer writes Abel as the more sympathetic character: his conscientious effort to become a better sexual partner and his later humiliation of Melanie Leroy, the daughter of his onetime business partner, are but two actions through which Archer shows us that Abel is endowed with the methodical focus and vindictiveness traditionally associated with those driven to rise above their current station in life. Kane has an early head start in the race and is portrayed more coldly. But both are men you'll never forget once you've read this book.
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Very good read; hard to put down. Excellent character development. I was somewhat disappointed that Abel's lifesaving of Kane during WW ll was never acknowledged by either man.Published 3 days ago by Bill Shirey
I thought the author did an excellent job, as usual, of keeping the story twisting and turning up until the end.Published 6 days ago by linda shannon
I could not resist reading this book again after all these years and I did not regret it. Masterful story telling. Could hardly put it down!Published 11 days ago by Lacuzzi
I have read the book in the past but rereading it has only made it better. That history has wings in this book is an understatement!Published 13 days ago by Jeanne Gildee
Loved this book! It's about the 5th time I have read it thru the yearsPublished 13 days ago by Angie Vayro
I loved this book. It was intriguing and informative. I would definitely recommend this book if you want a good readPublished 15 days ago by Monica Nicole Collins
Excellent story. I am never disappointed with Jeffrey ArcherPublished 26 days ago by jerome sherman
Very predictable. Halfway through the book I could have told you what would happen next.Published 1 month ago by Sharon Cashin