Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles #1)
From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.
The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock w
Looks like Pento/trilogy is in fashion these days, where you have a captive audience and then you get them up to the sinker and then haul them all up at the end.
J.Archer has definitely a story to tell, that may well span across,I suspect,half a century. He starts out from the Pre WW2 era in Britain and a fatherless boy (at least not in the near vicinity) who is gifted and...more
This book is set up so that each section is from one person's perspective. (Harry gets the first and last section. Maisie gets an extra few pages in the prologue.) Harry, Maisie, Jack Tar, Hugo, Giles and Emma all get a section. Sounds like a common set up, but here is where it gets really interesting: each section starts wi...more
The book is the first in a trilogy and and tells the story of Harry Clifton from his birth in 1920 until the beginning of the second world war.
Young Harry believes his father, a dock worker, was killed in the first world war, but was he? Was he even Harry's father? As Harry grows up he has the good fortune to win a scholarship to an exclusive...more
There were some instances which i felt were outright silly eg the one where old jack waits until harry's wedding day to reveal the truth and call off the wed...more
love the book..freaken amazing..
it has got..
it has everything a brilliant story needs..
Jeffrey Archer is a master story teller and in this book, he weaves a tale so unforgettable and as a reader you will be left yearning for more. Only Time Will Tell is a family saga that spans through generations. This the first part of a five volume series, rest of which will be published in the coming years. The main protagonist of this book is a man named Harr...more
Here we have the beginning of a new tale, but aside from what he normally does, interweaving a story with a great amount of detail about the economics of his characters, he has broken the tale up with views of other characters revisiting and embellishing events along the storyline.
Some sequences move us forward. Some reiterate what we have already seen an...more
This is my first book on Jeffry Archer and I am glad that I chose 'Clifton Chronicles' to begin with. To give you a small background, Clifton Chronicles is a five book series on Harry Clinton's life. The series is said to be an ambitious ende...more
Anyway, new author (to me), new book. I didn't know what to expect in...more
But seriously? It felt like I was reading a soap opera.
It was outright pushy and juvenile in its style of writing as the author tries so hard, rather too hard, to prove how the main character is exceptionally brilliant, a child prodigy and how the entire town of Bristol...more
Well, the archer fan boys are gonna up in arms by my claim but hear me out, go read "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and tell me this book's premise isn't similar.
Fate's evil drama, mixed up destiny, call it whatever you want but anything within five kilometer rad...more
This story of the twists and turns of fate that play with Harry Clifton and Maisie Clifton's lives is reminiscent of some old Hindi movies with th...more
While reading this tale of a young Harry Clifton growing up, from pre-school boy to seaman, I was reminded of the phenomenal power of Archer's storytelling. Judging his work as a piece of plot-based writing, it isn't great: there are moments of spectacular unlikelihood (the wedding being one that stands out); there are literary cliches of characters littered through the text, from...more
The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.
As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns ho...more
The style of writing is fresh. Every book starts with the diary of a character, and then moves ahead with his / her life and blends with the inci...more
It is so good to be back to write on blog once again and what better than writing about Jeffrey Archer’s “Only Time Will Tell”. According to author he is attempting something bigger than “Kane And Abel” this time and that is really something. The book is about life of Harry Clifton and in this first part it traverses his life from birth till around 20 years when he goes for world war II and escapes to US. I was probably expecting it to end at more logical point and...more
The author goes to great lengths to convince us that yes, the Main Character is indeed a brilliant child/man with unseen depths and superb intellect. We must believe this because of the great lengths other characters go to ensure that the Main Character has the means to build on his future, and th...more
He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married...more