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As the Crow Flies

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Growing up in the slums of East End London, Charlie Trumper dreams of someday running his grandfather's fruit and vegetable barrow. That day comes suddenly when his grandfather dies leaving him the floundering business. With the help of Becky Salmon, an enterprising young woman, Charlie sets out to make a name for himself as "The Honest Trader". But the brutal onset of Wor ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published May 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published May 1st 1990)
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Johnny Williams
Apr 12, 2013 Johnny Williams rated it it was amazing
OH my what do I say. This book was published some 20 years ago but truly it is timeless. The joy in this novel is in the story telling -- all 600 pages of it devoted to draw you into the richness of the characters as they are woven into this saga spanning decades. Many authors have made their books long-- but end up just filling the pages with fluff....not so for archer--I relished each page and was sort of disappointed when I reached the end.

The character's individual parts are stories within t
Feb 25, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for Jeffrey Archer, 20th Century London and epic novels, so it's no surprise that I've read "As the Crow Flies" a dozen times. Following the life of Charlie Trumper beginning at the turn of the century, the book takes readers on a journey through both world wars, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and the swinging 60's. While the story is about Charlie's success in retail, the core of the story revolves around his wife, his son and his fierce rivalry with the Trentham family. This is ...more
Depending on which browser I've opened to read this in (I do hate epub books and the Overdrive app that can never remember my login), I've made it to about 50% of this huge chunkster, so I'm counting this towards Mt. TBR of 2015 and the GR reading challenge. 400-500 pages is a full book in my world.

As far as I did get - the story begins around the latter years of WWI, and focused around a set of characters in the early years of building a financial empire starting with one store at a time - groc
Aug 12, 2011 Eman. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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كنت أثق في ذائقة معلمتي " هيلين " * في الروايات ، لذلك عندما أخبرتني بإسم " جيفري آرتشر "
كان أول شيء قمت به ، هو البحث عن كل مؤلفاته ..
وتجربتي الأولى معه كانت هذه الرواية الرائعة ، في الحقيقة عندما نظرت إليها وإلى عدد الصفحات
أخذت نفسًا طويلًا وأخبرت عقلي أننا بصدد قراءة أطول رواية ، لذلك لابد أن أتحلى بالصبر ،
وأن أستمتع بتفاصيل ما يروى ..
قمت بالإستعداد جيدًا ، وفي أول يوم لي قرأت 200 صفحة ، هذا عدد لا يمكنني قرأته بالعادة
في الروايات الأخرى ، سوا أنني كنت مبهورة ، لا أكاد ألتقط أنفاسي من ال
Jim Henry
May 23, 2013 Jim Henry rated it it was ok
This is a fairly good 200 page novel, hiding inside 600 pages. It was easy to read, but not very fulfilling. I was ready to quit on it at the halfway point, as I became tired of reading of each shop being purchased with great detail about how much it cost, and what a good deal Charlie got on each one. I continued on, and the story improved somewhat. I never felt anything for any of the characters. They all seemed one dimensional.

I did like the way that the story switched perspective from one cha
Faisal Al-Ghamdi
Aug 24, 2010 Faisal Al-Ghamdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الكاتب بأسلوبه السهل السلس يجذبك لكي تكمل القراءة حتى النهاية ..

الرواية تحكي قصة رجل يدعى ( تشارلي ترامبر ) من طفولته و على مدى 70 سنة من حياته .. وكيف كان صراع أسرتين طويل الأمد

الرواية إجتماعية من الطراز الأول , حلوة إذا كنت فاضي جدا في سفرة إستجمام مثلا أو قبل النوم لأسلوبها السهل

أعيب على الرواية تفصيلها في الكثير من النواحي حتى الملل بعض المرات .. و يميزها حبكتها الطويلة

الرواية تقع في حوالي 960 صفحة من ورق نوع اليد
Sep 12, 2015 Abdullah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تماماً كما تقول عنه النيويورك تايمز في عبارة الغلاف : جيفري آرتشر هو عبقري الروايات المسلية ..

ذلك النوع من الروايات الذي يشعك بأن حياتك في داخل الرواية بينما يومياتك العادية في صحوك هي الهامش ..

رواية طويلة نوعاً ما ولكنها ملحمة انسانية ثرية جداً بالشخصيات التي حتماً .. ستجد نفسك في احدها

Eng.Khalid Ib
رواية عندما يطير الغراب للكاتب
جيفري آرتشر.

أعتبر نفسي محظوظا عندما اخترتها
بشكل عشوائي وأنا في المكتبة
لانني لم أقرأ للمؤلف من السابق

مع أنها طويلة...الا أنها تأسرك بحيث
لاتسطيع تركها... تستحق القراءة.
وأنصح بقرآتها لمن كان مترددا.
Dec 02, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was one book I couldn't put down but did so reluctantly. I would give it five stars. The characters seemed so real I felt they were people I knew.
Jun 12, 2011 Dianne rated it really liked it
What a fun read this was. I'd never read any Jeffrey Archer, and had the impression that he was just a mystery/thriller writer. Imagine my surprise, then, to become immersed in this atmospheric novel that begins in the early 20th century in the East End of London and ranges through the years (and the continents!) until 1970, with chapters that focus on the main characters, one by one. Charlie Trumper begins life assisting his grandfather on his fruit and vegetable barrow in the East End. As he g ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Kholoud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كان يصعب علي معرفة ما إذا كنت قد أحببت هذه الرواية أم لا
لا أنكر ان أحداثها كانت مثيرة ومسليةوهي تحكي قصة كفاح
تشارلي ترامبر منذ أن كان طفل صغيرا يرى جده و هو يبيع
الخضار على عربته النقالة إلى ان أصبح السير تشارلي ترامبر صاحب اكبر عربة
نقالة في العالم وتغلب على فقره والأهم من ذلك إستطاع التغلب على أعدائه
وهم عائلة تريثنام.هذا العدو الذي لا طالما كان يحاول التنغيص على حياة تشاري وعائلته

كانت الرواية رائعة جدا ومليئة بالشخصيات التي
لا تنسى بالفعل ولكن في مرحلة ما وأنا اقرأ الرواية شعرت
ببعض الملل لأ
Jul 19, 2014 Mozmoz rated it it was amazing
I'd rate it with 4 stars, but as it took me back to some British cities, their lifestyle and how they selll like in Sundays Markets, I definitely rates it with 5 stars. I've enjoyed most parts of it and read it with a smile drawn on my face especially when they talk in cockney or when i hear the words in Yorkshire accent.

However, i missed a great opportunity to read it along with a person who has a better background in history, world wars, and interest in documentary films. What even makes him p
Mar 03, 2012 Green_soul rated it really liked it
يالله ابداع الكاتب لم يتوقف عن احداث القصه كاملة بل حتى الرمق الاخير عندما وجدو صاحب اكبر شركات يعود لأصله عند التقاعد ليبيع الخضار بعربته القديمة وثيابه الرثه فيكون يلطان العادة غلب سلطان التعود فرغم كبر سنه عاد ليستيقظ في الرابعه فجرا ويخرج ليبيع بلسانه الجميل على نساء الحي الخضار الطازجة. بكيت عند النهاية فقد عشت دهرا مع هذه الرواية ولأول مرة بحياتي اشعر بأنني أكبر مع شخصيات الكتاب حتى أصل معهم لعمر الستين والسبعين. جعلني ارتشر أخاف من تقدم الزمن بي حتى وإن كان المستقبل جميلا. رواية اجتماعية ...more
Nov 30, 2012 Madhavi rated it it was ok
Great story, characters and style of story telling. However, the execution was appalling! So many loose ends! In a minute he changed Charlie's character from a strong family figure to someone who only cares about his company! It doesn't deal with the emotional aspect at all. And the part where Charlie tries to get from from Australia to London just goes on and on! It was almost like Archer got bored with his book and just decided to finish it quickly. Extremely disappointing!
Venkatraman Ramachandran
It was a different experience reading this novel "As the Crow Flies" written by Jeffrey Archer. Rags to riches story of a man from a roadside vegetable & fruit vendor to a globally known entrepreneur is quite fascinating if not very inspiring.

Qualities or attributes associated with the central character "Charlie Trumper" - Industrious nature, self-confidence, audaciousness, simple business acumen, hunger to achieve more, witty nature, strong leadership yet grounded in the approach etc., pre
Mar 26, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really entertaining soap opera that I always wanted to pick up. Also, loved the setting, England from 1914 or so until 1970.
Aug 11, 2008 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
A great, intrically woven family saga set in Britain. It begins with a man who is a vegetable peddler who has a dream to do and be more and it's the story of his life and the life of his family. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Jan 24, 2008 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: umm, everyone
Recommended to Bethany by: Cianne Wallin
Shelves: best-reads
This is a fascinating book about choices/consequences. It's also very interesting from a business perspective.

Note: mild language, one questionable scene with a barmaid (not critical to story)
Apr 07, 2013 Reem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-read
هو الراجل ده إزاي كده ؟
"Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you've finished just to stay near it."
~ Markus Zusak.
Feb 11, 2011 Jojo rated it it was amazing
الرواية امتعتني للغاية والقصة كانت شيقة و مسلية
انها واحدة من افضل الروايات التي قرأتها
Feb 05, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. It was a great story of one man and his entire life from the age of 0-75.
I loved the main character, his wife and his son.
There was a lot of scandal, drama, backstabbing, mystery and love.
It kept me wanting to know more and I had so many unanswered questions until the very end.
This book was recommended to me by my Nanny, my Mum and my Aunt. They all loved the book and I'm glad I can say I did too.

There was one part in the book that I didn't see coming. I was shocked/b
Oct 22, 2015 Dorsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, audio
I love Jeffrey Archer's writing style! His characters are fantastic, whether you love 'em or just love to hate 'em. I didn't like this one quite as well as The Clifton Chronicles, but I still really enjoyed it. 5 stars to the narrator, John Lee, for a stellar job with the reading.
Oct 17, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I love sagas. This book is the epitome of time and family saga. Beginning in early 20th century and going to the '60s, it follows the story of Charlie Trumper and his rise from a local street merchant to the owner of London's largest department store.

Told from multiple points of view, Archer does a great job of getting into the head and heart of the characters. He doesn't waste time with extraneous back story, but just enough to let us know what's going on.

He does start each character's story in
Daniel Berthiaume
Mar 02, 2016 Daniel Berthiaume rated it it was amazing
One of Archer's best book in my opinion. Excellent story.
Jul 11, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This awesome, very well written book took place beginning in the late 1800's and reaching into the 1970's through the life of Charlie Trumper. Charlie grew up learning the fruits and vegetables trade from his grandfather, the only reliable, dependent adult in his young life. All he ever wanted was to have his own barrow and his own street corner when he was growing up. When Becky's father died and left her with his bakery, her first thought was to turn to Charlie, her own age, but one that her f ...more
Sridhar Babu
Jan 31, 2016 Sridhar Babu rated it it was amazing
This not a review...just sharing my views about this novel and its characters in the form of Blog. So kindly bear with me if u find this review very lengthy.

Jeffrey Archer...
Charlie Trumper, Becky aka Rebecca Salmon, Guy Francis Trentham, Mrs. Trentham aka Ethel Trentham, Daniel Trumper, Nigel Trentham, Cathy Ross, and others..

London ..
Family drama...
This novel is about the epic Journey of Charlie Trumper from his childhood hand ridden costermon
Ammar Ibnezia
Jun 09, 2014 Ammar Ibnezia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
’’اڑان‘‘ (As the Crow Flies) جیفری آرچر کا دوسرا ناول ہے جس کا اُردو ترجمہ میرے ہاتھ لگا اور میں نے اسے پہلی فرصت میں پڑھ ڈالا۔ اس سے پہلے ’’کین اینڈ ایبل‘‘ (اردو ترجمہ بعنوان ’’دو بوندیں ساون کی‘‘) کا مطالعہ کیا تھا۔ ’’کین اینڈ ایبل‘‘ کی طرح یہ ناول بھی کہانی پن، سنسنی خیزی اور جوش و ولولے سے بھرپور ہے۔ اُردو ترجمہ مشہور و معروف علیم الحق حقی نے کیا ہے جو انگریزی ادب سے انتخاب کے معاملے میں کسی تعارف کے محتاج نہیں۔
’’اُڑان‘‘ کا مرکزی کردار چارلی ٹرمپر ہے جس کا تعلق لندن ایسٹ اینڈ کے ایک غریب گھر
Oct 07, 2014 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Archer has proven himself many times. As The Crow Flies proves that he hit the ground running and was already a very good storyteller while young. He knows that even if he repeats himself, as long as there are enough new twists to the plot of any of his book, he'll be forgiven, and his works, enjoyed.

I was thoroughly entertained reading this book which has a few lulls, but which forced me to have stakes in the story at a time when I felt temporarily indifferent. After all why should I
Jun 06, 2014 Ankita rated it liked it
It is often described as a war book, and the first part of the book is indeed set against the backdrop of the First World War. However, it is not a typical world war/civil war book in that it doesn't really dwell on the miseries of war. The hero Charlie Trumper goes out to the front during the First World War enraged by the death of his father, but comes back alive and whole (save for a missing toe). The hardships of serving at the front are mentioned, but the friendships (and enmities) develope ...more
Katerina Georgieva
Aug 19, 2010 Katerina Georgieva rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book, I recommend it to everybody. I like books with a lot of dynamics and development in time.
This is such a book. The main character, a trader, develops its craft and expands the market of London.
Beside this there was interesting psychological relationships between the heroes. As a whole the book
is rich enough of certain aspects of life and it has a lot to show us about ascending in the steps of life.
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

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
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