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Kane and Abel (Kane & Abel #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  61,820 ratings  ·  2,078 reviews
Born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world, both men are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. These two men -- ambitious, powerful, ruthless -- are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fuelled by their all-consuming hatred. Over 60 years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, K ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1979)
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Jinel Yap I was cringing when William did not disclose this fact to Abel. Abel wont seek revenge for the death of Leroy if he wasn't mislead to thought that…moreI was cringing when William did not disclose this fact to Abel. Abel wont seek revenge for the death of Leroy if he wasn't mislead to thought that Stevens is his benefactor. However, William is angry with Abel's disrespectful behavior when he needed help so I think the blame should be on Wladek too. By the way, how do you pronounce Wladek?(less)
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Kellie
Jan 31, 2008 Kellie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kellie by: Mother
This was a book my mother recommended to me. She read it several years ago and remembered how good it was. And oh how good it was. This is a great story that is told over about 60 years from Europe to America. Archer tells 2 parallel stories. One about Abel Rosnovki and one about William Kane. The story is so well told and so interesting that I felt torn between the two main characters and their stories. You feel pulled away from one story line when Archer takes you to the next. I enjoyed Archer ...more
Ankit Agrawal
Oct 22, 2012 Ankit Agrawal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Fiction Lovers
I don't think so one can ever read a better Fiction than this. What is it that this book didn't have? You can't set any particular genre for it. It had thrill, mystery, drama, contemporary, historical fiction and what not. Oh....! I forgot to mention one thing. It ended with a sense of moral thought. It showed the way people live their modern day lives. Everybody running in one direction, running after money. Money seems to be everything to all of us. But there's an old saying Money can't buy yo ...more
Richard
One of the best books I've ever read. Two men from different backgrounds meet and impact on each others lives. One extremely rich and one a poor refugee from the world war travels to America to make a name for himself. Well written with interesting charaters and story. Well worth a read.
Two Bibliomaniacs
With such a clear allusion to the dysfunctional brothers in Genesis, we were intrigued. Would the Able character in Jeffrey Archer’s novel suffer a cruel fate at the hands of his brother? Does the title even refer to a pair of brothers? Does the title even refer to people? Is Jeffery Archer even a real person? These questions plagued us for several months, until finally, we decided to pursue the sensible option and just read the book.

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski are not brothers. In fa
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will
I read this book because my book club had picked it. Can that sound any more insulting? I think I'd read it before, when I was a lot younger. I know that it is on my mother's bookshelf, she was very excited when she heard that the book club had chosen it. Anyhoo, it is bad. And not in a way that "it is so bad it is good", it is just bad in a way that "pulling nostril hairs with a pair of pliers" is no fun at all.

You get the feeling that Mr. Archer came up with the title during an evening's drink
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مصطفي سليمان
طيب انا الطم
المترجم العبقري
مخدش باله
ان الاخوة الاعداء
دي اسم لرواية الرائع
فيودور دوستويفسكي
واتعمل فيلم عبيط
وكان اسخف ما يكون

لو غمضت عينك واقنعت نفسك ان الموضوع مالهوش علاقة
هتقراء واحدة من احلي الروايات ع الاطلاق

جيفري ارتشر
مبدع بشكل يخليك
تحس انك مبيض محاراة
وانك مكنتش بتقراء قبل كدا

مبدع بشكل بسيط
الرواية كبيرة من حيث الحجم
ومش رواية مثيرة او فيها اكشن او ماشابه
بس انت قاعد عاوز تعرف
ايه الي هيحصل
هينجح في المشروع؟
هيعمل ايه مع بنته؟
مين اللي مول المشروع؟
مين دول اصلا؟
كل دا انت قاعد حاسس انك مسحور
باسلوبه
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Hajer  al-souli
اذا أردتم ان تسألوني اي روايات جيفرى آرتشر هي الافضل فلن استطيع الاجابة.. باختصار كل رواية من روايته بحد ذاتها هي عالم ممتع و مثير و مسلي لأبعد حد !
Bill
This book was exactly what I needed at the time. Just a good story.

I loved the parallel storylines of two boys born on the same day on opposite ends of the earth, and anticipating the convergence of them. These are usually my favorite types of novels.

It's not the perfect read, though. As I was getting through the first 30 pages or so, I was struck by the feeling I was reading this extended prologue: you don't quite have that embedded feeling with the characters, you're just getting the lay of th
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Gillian
I think this has to be the best book I have ever read. I keep recommending it to everyone so much so a friend of mine believes I have shares in the publishing world! I was completely surprised when I read this book. What I thought it would be like and what was delivered far exceeded my expectations.

You end up liking both characters despite them conflicting with each other. The ending is remarkable. It is so engrossing that you can actually imagine and visualise what they experienced both physic
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Samadrita
An intensely played out, high-powered drama. A story of two very different men belonging to two different social classes, driven by their aspirations of success, wealth, power and a life-long feud based on inaccurate assumptions and misunderstandings. A fitting ending to boot.
Momi
i read it on my hubbys recommendation. its his favourite book out of the four books that he read in his life :p that is why i thought twice before reading it.
and i LOVED it!!!! enjoyed a lot :) it made me cry
it made me laugh and it made me think.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 07, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
It was clear from the start that this wasn't great literature by any means--but for the first part of around 200 pages I found it gripping. One of those sagas where you enjoy a panorama of history and watching two powerful characters clashing. The story follows two men born on the same day in 1906. William Kane Lowell, a Boston Brahmin and Abel Rosnovski, the illegitimate son of a Polish baron. We follow their parallel but contrasting from boyhood. Both prove themselves at first both extraordina ...more
Sarah ( Paris )

رجلان ، عالمان ، مصيران ..
وأكثر من 60 عاما من الأحداث الشيقة ..


الرواية عن رجلين ولدا في عالمين مختلفين و جمعهما مصير واحد . تدور أحداثها بينَ عام 1906 إلى 1967 في بولندا ، روسيا ، تركيا و الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية
في الخامس عشر من أبريل عام 1906 جاء طفلان إلى العالم . جاء الأول إلى حياة مترفة تحفها الرفاهية و الرخاء ، أما الثاني فقد ولد في عالم الشقاء و الكفاح . كبر كل منهما في جانب مختلف من الكرة الأرضية . تربى الأول في حياة مرفهة عرف فيها المدارس العريقة و تعرف على التاريخ من خلال القاءة ، أم
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Rikke
Gold fever. We all know the phenomenon; an obsession, a never-ending fascination and a desperate need for more. As I read this book I experienced something similar; reading fever.
When I first began reading this book, I simply couldn't stop. I wouldn't stop. It wasn't even possible. With an almost destructive greed I had to read on, to keep turning the thin pages - and when I finally reached the end, and there were no more pages to turn, I felt completely empty, saddened by the fact, that the bo
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Sayan Acharjee
This a beautiful work of fiction by Jefrrey Archer. The protagonists, born on the same day in two different part of the world during 1900, Archer carefully managed to tell both of their parallel stories and the reader soon starts wondering when their character will cross each others' path which they eventually do and somehow they end up being on different side. You can't really pick your own favorite between them, both were good human beings doing human mistakes and getting deceived by both othe ...more
Donna
This book is everything I LOVE LOVE LOVE about historical fiction. This was such an enjoyable read. Every time I put my book down, I was eager to get back to it. I am a huge fan of Jeffrey Archer. I have enjoyed everything I have read by him. I always know what I'm getting when I pick up one of his books. I have 2 more to read in the next month.

This story of Kane and Abel had me hooked from the beginning. I loved the descriptions of the people. I could see them clearly. Some of the connections
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Blair
This book was a gift from my uncle.He told me this book was one of his favourites.So i decided to read it.(I don't think i would read it if my uncle didn't bought it for me.)
It took me really long to finish it,just because this was not the kind of story i would read.I didn't think i would enjoy it.But in the end i did.
It is a very good book and well written.Also i really liked the story.
Eastofoz
A fantastic read with lots of twists and turns. Jam packed with surprises. Very good love story for general fiction.
Rick
Jeffrey Archer did me a favor. He wrote a family saga that didn't become cloying, romantic or trite. Kane and Abel has all the elements of the genre at their best.

The book begins in 1906. In Poland, a child is born penniless. In Boston, on the same day, a child is born into a life of wealth and privilege. These men, Abel and Kane respectively, are the center of Archer's multi-generational novel. As we follow their stories, we're immersed into two very different worlds. Worlds that, eventually, c
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Chanda
The gentlemen in Archer's Kane and Able are incredibly frustrating! The lengthy battle for power that the two main characters engage in is drawn out and exhausting. You spend an exorbitant amount of time watching each man grow into his own fortune and power and then the rest of the time is spent watching them waste that same fortune and power, not to mention years of their lives, in a constant misplaced and unnecessary feud for revenge. Both men are annoying in their own right but I found Abel d ...more
Megha
I am writing this because i was talking about this book with a friend.. and that got me thinking about book and took out one of my copies and started reading. This book for me is like what The Godfather is to lot of guys. This book is that book which got me interested in reading. From the first sentence till the last line ends there is not a place or point you will not like this book. Or may be its just me And neither your memories can forget Kane or Able until and unless we get Alzheimer or loo ...more
Erica Mukherjee
In 1906, two baby boys are born in wildly different circumstances: one in the comfort of Boston’s best private hospital surrounded by doctors and adoring relatives and the other in a Polish forest accidentally discovered by a hunter. So begin the lives of William Kane and Abel Rosnovski. Because the chapters alternate between William’s and Abel’s lives, one might first think that this novel will be about two boys who switch places at birth, or shortly thereafter. When that doesn’t happen the rea ...more
Christine Blachford
I've read this before, a long while ago, and I wasn't that bothered about reading it again. Except, it was on my Book List to read and then Amazon gave it away for free for a short while. With all those circumstances, who was I to say no?

What intrigues me about this book is the style of writing. When I am trying my hand at fiction, I always worry that I am skipping ahead, missing important bits, trying to cover too much time in too short a word count.

Here, Archer is the master at covering two en
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Michael
May 29, 2012 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone breathing
This is the kinda novel that ruins relationships with others.

It has been some time since i've been this consumed. I could not have enjoyed this book more; I did not want it to end! Talk about character development. The reader is with these two characters from over an entire lifespan. Rich with history, betrayal, family drama, greed, power, deceit... This novel has everything. And yes it does play tennis in between the two storylines but it is written in such consistent tone, you're able to foll
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Jennifer
Story Overview

Two men—William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski—are born on the same day in 1906. However, their births could not be more different. Abel is a penniless orphan who is adopted by a poor Polish woodcutter's family after his mother is found dying by the road. Kane is born into a life of privilege—the only son of a powerful Boston banking millionaire.

The book chronicles the parallel lives of the two men. Abel endures hardship, tragedy and oppression but manages to immigrate to America a
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Lori Henrich
Two men born on the same day. Very different experiences. One was brought up in a life of privilege in America the other was taken in by a poor family in Poland. Both were strong competitors, striving for something more. The paths of these men have crossed several times during their lifetimes. One began to hate the other. Would they be able to overcome this hatred before tragedy strikes.

I really enjoyed this book. I don't remember having read it before, but as I was reading I started to be able
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Ebthal
أول كتاب انجليزي أقرأه
لقيته في قائمة أفضل 100 كتاب بتاعة ال bbc
أكيد دي ذكري مميزة بالنسبة ليا
لكن كمان الكتاب طلع حلو جدا
الخطين المتوازيين اللي بيتقابلوا كل فترة
لحد ما تكتشف في الاخر انهم كانوا خط واحد من الأول وانتا مكنتش واخد بالك

بالنسبة لي رواية رائعة
لها مكانة خاصة في قلبي
وكانت السبب اني أحب جيفري أرتشر وأقرأله كتب تانية.
Kyle
Kane & Abel is an epic tale following the lives of William Kane and Abel Rosnovski. The two men are born on the same day in 1906 into drastically different situations – Kane into Bostonian wealth and Abel into Polish poverty. The reader is in for a real journey as they infants grow into young prodigies, they both face setbacks, and they both display a domineering will to succeed. The timeframe for this book includes two World Wars, the Great Depression, McCarthyism, and the election of John ...more
Mindy Jones
Aug 23, 2012 Mindy Jones rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, I suppose.
Decent. The book was well written and I liked it well enough for a book that I just picked up at the train station. The edition had quite a few editorial errors though, so that was annoying (double phrases, spelling errors, etc).

Overall, I'd give the book a pass. Good enough to be a nice read, though unremarkable in most other aspects. Several times throughout, I felt like Archer was trying to write the next East of Eden, at least subject matter-wise and I couldn't help but compare it because of
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

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