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Only Time Will Tell

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Publisher: Pan Macmillan

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 400 | Format: eBook

Isbn-10: 0230760384 | Isbn-13: 9780230760387 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Hardcover , Paperback , Audio CD , Others

Category: Family, Sex & Relationships , Fiction & Literature , Romance

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Book Description
The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, 'I was told that my father was killed in the war'. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? Only Time will Tell covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. Volume one takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford, or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, the reader is taken on a journey that they won't want to end, and when you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor Harry Clifton could have anticipated.
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    Only Time Will Tell

    Only Time Will Tell is the first book in the Jeffrey Archer series, The Clifton Chronicles. The story begins in the 1920s with young Harry Clifton. The book is divided into sections, each told from a different point of view. Characters are clearly delineated as rich and poor, good and bad, heroes ...continue

    Only Time Will Tell is the first book in the Jeffrey Archer series, The Clifton Chronicles. The story begins in the 1920s with young Harry Clifton. The book is divided into sections, each told from a different point of view. Characters are clearly delineated as rich and poor, good and bad, heroes and villains. It is an expected but easy to read story. I look forward to reading more.

    Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/05/only-time-will-tell.html

    *** Reviewed for GoodReads read-along giveaway ***

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    Primo romanzo della serie "The Clifton Chronicles". Bello. Mi è piaciuta la suddivisione del libro in capitoli dedicati ai vari personaggi ed ho apprezzato la bravura con cui l'autore è riuscito a catturare la mia attenzione.

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    As this is the first book of The Clifton Chronicles, it is mainly background and introduction to the characters. The story follows the life of Harry Clifton, from humble beginning to how he almost entered Oxford University, but ended up being accused of murder.


    When reading the novel, t ...continue

    As this is the first book of The Clifton Chronicles, it is mainly background and introduction to the characters. The story follows the life of Harry Clifton, from humble beginning to how he almost entered Oxford University, but ended up being accused of murder.

    When reading the novel, there was always this feeling of 'deja vu' - I have seen this plot before in another of his books. Having said that, I think I will read on when the second book comes out. I hate not knowing the full story and Archer is such a good story teller, somehow I was already hooked.

    If you must read a story with a proper ending, then you should avoid this one or wait until the whole series is out.

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    原文:http://prisoneroflife.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/only-time-will-tell/


    買回來後,每天抽時間,斷斷續續的,終於讀完Jeffrey Archer的新作《Only Time Will Tell》。


    一如他之前的作品,「Archer twist」是少不了的,但故事明顯並未結局,三百八十多頁只夠為一連五集的The Clifton Chronicles揭開序幕。看過訪問,JA說這系列應以每年一本的速度面世。讀者如我,自然不無自私地希望已屆古稀的艾徹爾先生身體健康,順利完成寫作計劃,別要讓一眾「艾粉」失 ...continue

    原文:http://prisoneroflife.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/only-time-will-tell/

    買回來後,每天抽時間,斷斷續續的,終於讀完Jeffrey Archer的新作《Only Time Will Tell》。

    一如他之前的作品,「Archer twist」是少不了的,但故事明顯並未結局,三百八十多頁只夠為一連五集的The Clifton Chronicles揭開序幕。看過訪問,JA說這系列應以每年一本的速度面世。讀者如我,自然不無自私地希望已屆古稀的艾徹爾先生身體健康,順利完成寫作計劃,別要讓一眾「艾粉」失望。

    以一個大故事的開頭來說,《Only Time Will Tell》算不上是極精彩,情節更讓我想起了《天龍八部》和《Mad Men》。不過,JA始終是說故事的高手,其鋪排,其對白,總會讓一個再普通的故事在其筆下變成令人不欲釋卷的pageturner。

    故事背景,是兩次世界大戰之間的英國。時間設定於這麼一個大時代,俗氣點說,實在很「史詩式」。主角Harry Clifton出身寒微,自幼喪父,只靠母親Maisie身兼父職,艱難地維持生活。Harry是個討人歡喜的男孩,年紀輕輕已甚為懂事,學會在困境中力爭上游。憑藉其天使般的嗓子,與不懈的毅力,Harry加入合唱團,進好學校,一步一步攀上社會階梯。過程中,認識了Deakins與Giles這兩個莫逆好友,Giles之妹Emma最終更與Harry走在一起。眼見一切都像童話般美妙時,一段不為人知的往事揭露了,幸福的將來因而盡毁。

    不知怎的,書的hardcover版本竟先於印度、香港、澳洲、紐西蘭有售,比英美更早,所以JA近月也忙於在此四地巡迴宣傳新書。我平日不買hardcover,只因認為既耗金錢又礙地方,我更不是藏書家,實在沒此必要。但今趟嘛,那「第一頁」書店規定必須在特定日子購書,憑單據方可參加JA簽名會。所以我才忍痛「高價」買下這版本。不過能與JA握手、合照,讓他在書上簽名,也就值了。「第一頁」把書打了八折,也算是有良心了罷。

    或許因為書未正式全球發售,此刻能於網上找到的書評著實不多,反而「艾粉」之一的毛孟靜就趁JA在港時訪問了他,寫了篇文章刊於明報,當中也略略談過此書。看過某些網上評論挺搞笑的,竟覺得Harry是向Harry Potter致敬的角色!我沒有這等想像力,看完故事後,倒是同意JA自己所言,Old Jack Tar這個Harry的心靈導師,確是個迷人的角色。他在這本序曲中,可說是個極重要的角色,若不是他,整個故事基本上是完全不一樣了。

    JA於其網誌自言,第二集《Above and Beyond》將於本年五月寫完初稿。好事好事,正如首集書名,only time will tell,日久見真意,身為讀者,讀完首集等續集,這種帶緊張的期待,總是美麗得很。

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