A Quiver Full of Arrows by Jeffery Archer

quiverA Quiver Full of Arrows (ISBN 0-340-25752-0) is a 1980 collection of twelve short stories by British writer and politician Jeffrey Archer. (Wikipedia)

From The Grand Pasha to a British diplomat in China; a backgammon match to a one night stand, these stories will take you on a tour of ancient heirlooms and modern romance, of cutthroat business and kindly strangers, of lives lived in the realms of power and lives freed from the gloom of oppression. Fortunes are made and squandered, honour betrayed and redeemed, and love lost and rediscovered.

My thoughts:

Initially I thought reading a book published in 1980, which is before I was even born, would have no relevance to me in this day and age. I was wrong. It might not have physical relevance to life in the 21st century, but that did not matter. The story telling for these short stories was amazing. I was completely engrossed in each and every short story and could vividly picture the events happening before my eyes – even if some of the stories took place during times in history I have never experienced myself. Having knowledge of events in history such as WW II enabled me to envision these events unfolding.

The final story named “one love” was a really beautifully written love story involving two English students who competed violently against each other throughout their university education but untimely fell in love although they never stopped challenging each other for the rest of their lives. Beautifully written…

Definitely a recommended read!

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