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Kane and Abel

(Kane & Abel #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  88,499 ratings  ·  3,376 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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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
KAS
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


I Remember 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 mesmerized by the
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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
Ειρήνη Βαρδάκη

Τα 5 αστέρια δεν είναι απλώς λίγα... Δε μπορώ να βρω λέξεις για να περιγράψω αυτό το αριστούργημα. Πολλές φορές σκέφτηκα πως αυτή την πένα δεν την κράτησε ανθρώπινο χέρι.


Σ'ευχαριστώ Ειρήνη που μου το πρότεινες! Δεν πρόκειται για ανάγνωση αλλά για πραγματική εμπειρία ζωής. Ήμουν φτωχότερη πριν το διαβάσω..

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
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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"
Toàn Phan
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Câu chuyện này độc ác với tui ở một chỗ: nó không cho phép tui mổ xẻ nó. Đọc xong, gấp lại và phải giữ y nguyên đó, không được đem bất kỳ ai trong này ra phân tích và kể lể. Đó là cuộc đời, mà cuộc đời thì không nên được cho biết trước, sẽ mất đi ý nghĩa bất ngờ vốn có.

Tui rất thích. Thích cực.
Ioanna Xristodoyloy
τωρα που διαβασα και την τελευταια του σελιδα τωρα θελω να σας πω οσα εζησα παρεα με αυτο το βιβλιο...τωρα που τα συναισθηματα μου κυριολεκτικα ξεχειλιζουν...και δεν ξερω και απο που να αρχίσω.
θα δουμε τη ζωη δυο αγοριων που ειναι γεννημενα την ιδια μερα σε 2 διαφορετικα μερη του πλανητη..ο καιν θα γεννηθει μεσα στα πλουτη ενω ο αβελ σε ενα δασος και η μητερα του θα πεθανει την ωρα που τον εφερε στον κοσμο..θα δουμε τη ζωη τους ως το τελος..και οι δυο κυνηγουν τη δυναμη ο καθενας για διαφορετικο
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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.
Hajer  al-souli
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !
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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Quang
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, favorite
Một trong những cuốn tiểu thuyết mà mình phải dành 1 tiếng của một ngày bận rộn ra đọc và thậm chí dậy lúc nửa đêm để đọc cho hết chương đọc dang dở.

Một cái kết bản thân mình không ngờ. Một cái kết hoàn toàn chiến thắng với tất cả những gì đã châm ngòi cho cuộc chiến giữa ... hai số phận.

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Cốt truyện song song hai nhân vật, xen lẫn ngoại truyện một vài chương. Cảm giác khi đọc cuốn này mới thấy được tác giả là một người có kiến thức uyên thâm về lĩnh vực ngân hàng, chính trị, quân đội và cả
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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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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.
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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Chi – cuddle.thereader
Một cuốn sách quá hay, tính thời gian đọc chắc chỉ 2-3 ngày liền mạch thôi, mỗi lần cầm sách lên mình phải đọc một mạch ít nhất 100 trang vì quá cuốn hút.
Số phận như một trò chơi, trêu đùa hai con người, đưa đẩy họ đến những quyết định mà chính họ không thể lường trước hết kết quả.
Mình thích Kane hơn Abel, dù cả hai đều vô cùng tài năng, nhưng cảm giác Kane độ lượng hơn, trong khi Abel thì quá nhiều thù hận—dù cũng khó trách khi Abel phải trải qua quá nhiều điều kinh khủng.
Rất đáng đọc.
Vivian Đình
Câu chuyện của hai cuộc đời, hai số phận, sinh ra trong cùng một ngày ở hai đất nước khác biệt, tưởng chừng như xa xôi nhưng số mệnh đã mang họ lại gắn kết với nhau, chạm trán nhau, đối đầu với nhau, và đến cuối cùng là giúp đỡ nhau mặc dù cả hai bên đều không hay biết gì.

Cách phân bố mạch truyện rất hay, câu chuyện bắt đầu từ giây phút đầu tiên họ được sinh ra, đến khi bắt đầu lớn, rồi đến thời thanh niên trai trẻ, khi đã là hai người đàn ông thành đạt và cuối cùng khi đã về già. Hai cuộc đời
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Sarah ~
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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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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
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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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.
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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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