Only Time Will Tell-Book review.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 29th Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Jeffrey Archer is a consummate novelist, and his books are always compelling reads.

The author.

I am an ardent fan and admirer of Jeffrey Archer, and I must have read all his books. When I was looking for a book to read during my long flight from Chennai to Orlando via Frankfurt, I was delighted to find his new best seller “Only Time Will Tell.” I did not mind paying Rs 750 against 250 I would have paid in a bookshop, in the city.

Jeffrey Archer is a terrific story teller, and the main attraction of his books is the story with its turns and twists and a grand ending. Of course, his prose peppered with several typical English idioms and phrases is always a delight to read.

The book

I dived into the book the moment the seatbelt sign was switched off and finished it by the time I landed in Orlando. The flight was smooth and comfortable, and the service of the airline staff was excellent. The weather in Orlando was bright and sunny, and I should have been immensely happy on arrival. When my children received me at the airport, they spotted some disquiet in me and repeatedly asked me about it. It didn’t take me long to realize I was disappointed, not with my children but with the book. I could not imagine my guru Jeffrey Archer disappointing me with a story that bore no trademark of his.

The review.

It was the story of a young boy in England of thirties- rags to not riches but a promising life. I thought Jeffrey lost his plot in somewhere in the middle. The story of the boy proceeded along predictable lines just like the story of many young men in his novels, but the love story was doomed to fail, and it did not ring true to my expectations.

The story revolved around two mysteries: Harry’s father’s death and his identity. The account of the death of Harry’s father comes through with different POVs, but with little changes. The identity of Harry’s biological father also does not prove to be a mystery and becomes obvious to the reader.

The story goes off the rails after the suspension of Harry’s marriage. One could understand Harry was devastated, but the way the story progressed thereafter seemed a letdown. The ending, supposed to be the climax, surprised me as it was way out of expectations and had nothing to do with the story proper. I couldn’t understand why the author ended the book the way he did.

Otherwise, the book like any of his novels was a delight to read and unputdownable. Jeffrey charms his readers with his wit, wisdom, language and the expressions he uses. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and would have been exceedingly happy if the story had taken a different route and sounded more appealing. A different woman as the heroine, and for Harry, a glorious career in the Navy during the WW II would have made an enormous difference.

Notwithstanding a minor flaw in the story, the book “Only Time Will Tell” is undoubtedly an excellent read.

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Book Review, Books, Class, Classes, England, English Language, Finale, Love Story, Mother, Mother And Son, Mothers Love, Mystery, Mystery Of Life, Rags To Riches, Surprise

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
29th Jan 2013 (#)

I have not heard of this book at all, and sadly have little time to read, but indeed a flight is a great time to catch up on reading a good book such as Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Jan 2013 (#)

My dear Mark,
Jeffrey is a prolific writer, and this is his latest offering.
Secondly, I cannot open my inbox and see my messages. I have sent a message but recd no reply. Could you fix it for me pl?

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author avatar M G Singh
30th Jan 2013 (#)

Quite interesting GV. How is life in America now?

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Jan 2013 (#)

Madan,
I am enjoying playing with six grandchildren. USA as usual is beautiful and Florida weather is excellent.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Jan 2013 (#)

I too like the works of Jeffrey Archer.

I read most of his short stories, esp "A Twist in the Tale" is the best collection.

And "A Quiverful of arrows" is a symbolic work of Archer.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
30th Jan 2013 (#)

Ratna,
Thanks for your response. Jeffrey is a terrific British author. I consider him as my guru.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

Great review, many thanks...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Feb 2013 (#)

My dear Delicia Powers,
Many thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Feb 2013 (#)

I love reading Jeffrey Archer, GV. I can't remember the books but all have an an ending with a surprising twist!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Feb 2013 (#)

Buzz,
Yes, as I write I am a great admirer of this author and I like the ending, but in this book he lost his plot.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
5th Feb 2013 (#)

enjoy your stay GV and wait for Archer's next book...better it will be I am sure...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
5th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks crwriter for your supportive comment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Feb 2013 (#)

Thanks GVR for an honest review - siva

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author avatar Ishani
26th Apr 2015 (#)

the book is awsome.. i loved it though jeffrey archer ended it abruptly.. i have choosen this book to write a review on it (english prject) can u please tell me 10 idioms or phrases in this book...

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