Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book reviews

Well  the tag “Indian Idle” suits me pretty well . Indian idle?  Oh! Let me enlighten you, I  recently completed my graduation, (ofcourse with no so impressive performance anyway ) , and been idle after that. Time is running  with a  snail speed lately. I m spending time watching movies, watching television and one thing I like the most Reading books, which  outweighs every other hobby . I enjoy reading anything other than my academics, ranging from a silly romantic one’s to a wrenching horror  one’s. So I read three novels in the last week. “Kane and Abel”, “Best Laid plans”, “Master  of game” .

I immensely enjoyed kane and Abel and Master of game. So here are the quick reviews .

Kane and Abel :- Jeffrey Archer consistently produced the best selling books at an impressive rate. I  kickstarted off reading his books with classic “Kane and Abel” . I must say, he certainly had the endowment  to spellbound his readers.  

This story Kane and Abel  is about two individuals , William Kane  and Abel Rosnovski , who were born on the same day, one in rising nation USA and the other in a less known nation Poland.Kane  is son of a boston millionaire and Abel is a penniless orphan who was adopted by a poor polish woodcutter’s  family,after his mother  is found dead in the woods.The first half of novel is completely emphasized on their careers, Kane who is living his dream, being born rich. Abel  was struggling from the pangs of the world war 1. After living a hell  ,Abel migrates to USA, started working as a waiter in some less known hotel. And as the story unfolds, he becomes a minor stake holder in the upcoming hotel chain.William grows up to become the chairman of one of the leading banks of USA.When the Great Economy downfall of 1929 is outright, they confronted each other in an unpleasant way,that follows  the series of actions by both kane and abel, to strike each other down for the next two generations.

Jeffrey archer excellently weaved the story of Kane and abel around the  major incidents of early 20th century. It's like a ride of  fiction in the non fictional setting. Awesome attention has been paid to Character development as Archer takes us into the lives of each of the protagonists-neither glorifying them nor belittling them.The same characters keep coming again and again ,in the different parts of the story.  
What I like the most about the book is, the book is completely in touch with the happenings of the world.From drowing of  Titanic , to the world wars, even to the great economy downfall of 1929.
One weakness  in the  plot is ,the inadequate reason for the altercation between kane and abel,other wise story is pretty fast. 

Rating :- 5/5

Master of Game :-  Sidney Sheldon is really a master in capturing romance,greed ,twist,intrigue ,suspense. This is story of big business that spans entire 4 generations.The story starts with Jamie Mcgregor who leaves Scotland to South Africa in pursuit of diamonds. Jamie mcgregor’s story is worth the price of the book alone.The entire first part is about him. After a lot of struggle, Jamie finds handful of diamonds only to be cheated by Van der merwe. Later on,with the help of Banda  he steals loads of diamonds  worth a fortune from the heavily guarded van der merwe mine fields.He returns to the diamond field and destroys entire Van der merwe’s business, and marries her daughter Margaret.

Second child of Jamie and  Maggie was Kate , Kate does not get to know her father and brother as both were killed in South Africa’s slave uprising. Margaret runs the company along with Jamie's deputy  David.

The second part of the story is about Kate ,Who married David and gave birth to Tony, and how she involved with the lives of  children and grand children She is cunning, manipulative yet brilliant in business . I must say the book has lost it’s plot here,  but still it’s enjoyable. 

This book was very good , loved it

Rating :4/5

Best Laid Plans :- Sidney Sheldon again. I didn’t liked this book much. The entire novel relies on the twist at the end.  This story is about three individuals  Leslie stewart, Oliver Russell , Dana Evans . Leslie vows to take revenge on Oliver who is the president of US. And Dana evans was the reporter who works for WTE ,owned by Leslie stewart. I don’t want to spoil the fun of the reader by revealing the story and twist. 

Moral of the story? Stop obsessing and move one, revenge would only make you more miserable
On the other note I loved the twist,I never saw that coming.  But still this novel no where near sheldon’s other works like bloodline, Tell me ur dreams, If tomorrow comes

Rating :- 3/5 

  Note :- The scale is based on the ratings below 

1.         (1) My  Electro magnetics book is better than  the book
2.       (2) Ignore it
3.       (3) Good
4.        (4) I  recommend you to read this
5.        (5) Humdinger

2 nice people who replied back:

jaynthbusi said...

Kane and Abel is the best novel that i read after monk who sold his ferrari... awesome....

Ramya Muppalla said...

I have to say i have read only master of the game from these i am going to read kane and abel 1st thing if i get some free time...:)

P.S : U have improved a lotttttttt from where u started dude...i am really proud :)

P.P.S I love the "Indian Idle" part as well as the rating part :P ... Seriously what book could be worse than our EM book comeon ???

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