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Kane and Abel

(Kane & Abel #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  90,599 ratings  ·  3,532 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 1979)
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Lia Yap actually my favorite author is Sidney Sheldon. I researched about the author with the same writing style as his and then I found Jeffrey Archer. You…moreactually my favorite author is Sidney Sheldon. I researched about the author with the same writing style as his and then I found Jeffrey Archer. You should read Sidney Sheldon, start with Master of the Game if you want a story stretched in four generations.
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KAS
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I Remember Reading You Like It Was Yesterday!!

I have been updating my “favorites” shelf and realized my favorite book of all time is this one.

I am getting as old as dirt and read this nearly 40 years ago when my soon to be mother-in-law, rest her soul, handed me her paperback copy and told me “I loved this!,” and she thought I would too. She was absolutely correct, and this book was the catalyst for my love of reading from that point on.

I can still remember sitting on my parents couch mesmerize
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Kellie
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
will
Dec 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Kane and Abel (Kane and Abel, #1), Jeffrey Archer
Kane and Abel is a 1979 novel by British author Jeffrey Archer. Released in the United Kingdom in 1979 and in the United States in February 1980, the book was an international success. It reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list. The sequel to Kane and Abel is The Prodigal Daughter, in which Florentyna Kane is the protagonist. The book tells the stories of two men born worlds apart. They have nothing in common except the same date of b
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Richard
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Two Bibliomaniacs
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: evan-top-1-100
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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peachygirl
Unputdownable. What a marvelous story!
Now I can either write a detailed review about how amazing this was or get my hands on the second book as quick as possible. So, Prodigal daughter, here I come.
William
Jan 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rejected
Archer's Criminal Trial for Perjury (from Wikipedia)
"On 26 September 2000, Archer was charged with perjury and perverting the course of justice during the 1987 libel trial. The perjury trial began on 30 May 2001, a month after Monica Coghlan's death in a road traffic accident.

On 19 July 2001, Archer was found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice at the 1987 trial.

Prominent journalists admitted to having accepted Archer's 'hospitality' after he was convicted"
Bill
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Pooja
Dec 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-tbr
I guess many people would be ready to kill me if I say that I haven't read any of Jeffrey Archer's books yet!

But hey, there was a day when I hadn't read any of Sidney Sheldon's and J.K. Rowling's.

This day shall pass too.

Thank you Krishna Prasanna for looming over me to get me read it soon.
Jennifer
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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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.
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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Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

Two baby boys born on the same day, one into wealth in America and one into poverty in Poland. The book outlines the story of both men's lives until they converge.

This was a fast paced, easy reading experience that can almost be described as the male version of chick lit. There are feuds, power struggles politics and also some sexy sexy time in store for the main characters

I found the first half really strong, with a wonderful sense of history sewn into the story. I was all set to give
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Momi
Jun 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Shobhit Sharad
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: jeffrey-archer
This is the seventh Jeffrey Archer book I've read and, by far, I've realised that his stories are different combinations of the following constitutents-

1. One/two young boy/s as protagonists.
2. The boy/s being immensely intelligent and able to pursue what they are after with occasional hurdles.
3. Drama of Stock market.
4. Politics.

This makes the books quite predictable to a point. I may have rated this book a 5 star if this was the first such book that I had read, but the similar pattern in all t
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Anie
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing. If I had the regular time for reading, I would not have pulled this book down till I finished it. I can rate it among the top 5 books ever read. The lives of two different individuals from different backgrounds and different parts of the world are shown in an awesome way. The thing that matters most is that the storyline and pace are maintained throughout the book and this provides a great sense of enjoyment. Apart from this, the timing of most events breathes a new zeal i ...more
Mizuki
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: it-is-okay
The story is well written, the details are good, the two main characters and their life journeys are impressive enough to keep me reading. However, the secondary characters aren't all that great. And this story also doesn't give us any motto outside of "with enough wits and constant hard work, you can get rich in America!" and I'm like...'what?'



Still...I will read more of this author's works when I have time.
Halo Phạm
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is no word to describe this great novel.
Aakanksha Mishra
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kane And Abel is a modern classic written by Best-selling author Jeffrey Archer. This novel is set in the 1900s and is about two men William Kane and Abel Rosnovski born at the same time in two different nations, one being the son of a multimillionaire and other found by a poor family when his mother dies of childbirth. This novel revolves around both these boys and how they came to hate each other and became each other’s number one rivals. William Kane who was born in a very rich family with a ...more
Iqra
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very compelling & tremendous story of two families, political conflicts, history and personal secrets and consequences.

Story follows two men, born on the same day under different circumstances. Kane a Boston Brahmin -son of a millionare and Abel -illegitimate son of a Polish baron. Both men face setbacks that harden them into determined men who will stop at nothing to succeed.
Despite their different beginnings, their lives interwine and they became bitter rivals. But then, next genreatio
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Camille Maio
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This came recommended to be by someone as I was looking for a "K" book to read in my quest to read books starting with every letter of the alphabet this year. Well worth it, and I was glad to know that it is part of a trilogy - I will look forward to reading the others!
Donna
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Sai Kishore
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
By the time you finish this book, characters William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski will be in your memory forever.Kane and Abel
Ram
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A historic novel that takes place in the 20'th century.
The plot is O.K. but a bit predictable
The characters are O.K. but with not much depth
It did draw my attention and get me to read it, but not much to write about it.
Gehna
Loved this book. Thanks for the rec, Akshay.

Dunno whether I'll review it, but really a gem, this one :D
Gina *loves sunshine*
5++stars!!! Absolutely mesmerized by this book on audio!!!!! Definitely want to thank KAS for putting up a review of this book or it would have gone long forgotten by me! Originally written in 1979 - is that correct??? WOW, and carries a 4.24 avg rating - well that says something!!!

I had my eye on this book back in the late 90's, back when I read more of this type of fiction. I can't believe 20 years later I am finally picking it up!! Lately I just don't seem to find an interest in these longer
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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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