As the Crow Flies
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
The "blurb" from the back says:
When Charlie Trumper inherits his grandfather's fruit and vegetable barrow, he inherits as well his enterprising spirit, which gives Charlie the drive to lift himself out of the poverty of Whitechapel, in London's East End. Success, however, does not come easily or quickly, particularly when World War I sends Charlie into combat and into an ongoing struggle with a vengeful enemy who will not rest until Charlie is destroyed.
As the crow flies, it is only a few short miles from Whitechapel to Chelsea Terrace where Trumper's, the world's largest department store, will have its beginnings. But for Charlie Trumper, following threads of love, amibition, and revenge, it will be an epic journey that carries him across three continents and through the triumphs and disasters of the twentieth century, all leading towards the fulfillment of his greatest dream.
Editted to add:
During a discussion on the bookcrossing forum about usage of first or third person, I thought about this book again and wrote:
"...One more thing: I think an author shouldn't switch back and forth between 1st and 3rd a lot. I recently read "As the crow flies" by Jeffrey Archer, and although I love his style of writing, I didn't like the constant switching he did in this book. As with most Archer books, the point of view changes every few chapters, which is fine of course, but with every new point of view Archer would write one chapter in 1st person, and then the rest in 3rd. I think I get why he did it, trying to get the reader into the new character as quick as possible. However, it felt a bit messy at times. I would have liked it better if he had stuck to one of the options all through the book."
When I read a book by Archer I either love it or hate it, and 'As the crow flies' obviously fell into the first category!
The story is exciting, and all the different points of view make this novel into a great read.
I agree with sarana: it's sad to leave Charlie, Becky and all the others behind....