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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. From London to China, and New York to Nigeria, Jeffrey Archer takes the reader 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, honor betrayed and redeemed, and love lost and rediscovered. Embracing the passions that drive men and women to love and to hate, the short stories in A Quiver Full of Arrows will captivate the hearts and souls of readers of everywhere.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 30th by St. Martin's Paperbacks first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Quiver Full of Arrows , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I didn't understand the full context in the story "The first miracle". I know the basic story about nativity and birth of Christ and also vaguely know that it was Pontius who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus and had asked the question "What is Truth".

How does it all relate to the story incl. See 1 question about A Quiver Full of Arrows…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Quiver Full of Arrows. Dear Jeffrey Archer, Your long novels suck but your short stories are amazing.

Your long novels are boring but your short stories are interesting. I always found the twists in your long novels intolerable but the ones in your short stories, you guessed it, were witty and fantabulous. To conclude , please write more short stories. I've already read them all and there's no more anthologies to read. Do not bother writing any more long novels as that will waste time that could be spent on creating short Dear Jeffrey Archer, Your long novels suck but your short stories are amazing.

Do not bother writing any more long novels as that will waste time that could be spent on creating short stories of beauty. Sincerely, An apologetically honest fan P. S If you didn't get that I liked your short stories but not your novels, please read through letter again and ruminate deeper. S You can write anything that you want. Even long novels. I'm just cranky at how disappointed I am with your novels after reading through the creativity and finesse of your anthologies.

S You are absolutely brilliant Mr. Can I have an authentic autographed anthology of short stories from you, please? S That last story of yours? Old Love , I think it was? That was my favourite. So sweet and yet so sorrowful. View 1 comment. Thank goodness Jeffrey Archer got a Baronetcy in The man has an unhealthy preoccupation with rank, status, and money as this collection of short stories will attest. Written in , these are vignettes of a simpler time, before email and cellular phones and Twitter and Facebook cluttered up our lives.

When wealth and luxury were marked by Rolls Royces, leather chairs and Cuban cigars rather than hybrid vehicles, recycled furniture and vegan meals. There's something deeply comforting abo Thank goodness Jeffrey Archer got a Baronetcy in There's something deeply comforting about an Archer story.

They're full of wry surprises and parlour tricks. No shock and awe tactics are ever employed, just a soothing compendium of light surface description and blithe plot. Sex is obliquely referred to as "making love" with a breast here and there, but is terribly perfunctory - Archer never lasts more than a paragraph or two - and there's certainly no talk of emotions. Violence is always offscreen, a distant assassination, no direct hits. The reader is flown graciously across continents in a show of cosmopolitan worldliness.

We meet captains of industry, bankers, military commanders, foreign diplomats, Empresses and Presidents. Lord Jeffrey makes sure to introduce you to people from all the right social circles, dah-ling. The writing style is clean, masculine and unapologetic. Archer employs a unique image, usually a simile repeated for emphasis, as a hook that pulls you into each story. It's clever authorial sleight of hand. Look over here, at the woman I've described as the White Queen with cottage loaf hair.

Don't worry about the looming punchline. Observe this fleet of black Mercedes that I've likened to a land-bound crocodile. Never mind what those macho Brazilian men are up to. If you're a fan of Ocean's Eleven, or any story populated by scoundrels, thieves, gamblers and tricksters, Lord Jeffrey will delight you. He'll drop names and make too-casual mentions of fancy brands, institutions and corporations as a personal resume of aristocratic tastes and upper-crust associations, with heavy emphasis on Oxford and Eton.

These stories steer clear of heavy themes and social commentary, focusing rather on cognac and cricket: the male equivalent of chick-lit. In the end, you may not read a great work of literature, but you'll have passed a pleasant few hours on a plane or in a waiting room with a cozy sensation of nostalgia, wit and borrowed glamour.

Nov 28, Sumit RK rated it really liked it. Jeffrey Archer's storytelling at it's best. Oct 28, Angelica Watson psst! This is the first book, written by him that I have read and I seriously loved it. It's completely worth all the time you spend on it, even if it means ignoring the teacher in class and reading in secret.

All his short stories, begin by making the reader curious and end Each story has a strange twist that makes it different 'A Quiver full of Arrows' is a wonderful book to make a beginning to your Jeffrey Archer Shelf.

Each story has a strange twist that makes it different and more unique when compared to the others in the same book.

Except one, he doesn't mention which one all the tales in his book are based on true life incidents, which make them even more delicious to read. For those who want make a simple beginning, a small book but with some very memorable anecdotes, its the perfect choice. View 2 comments. Sep 28, Dem rated it liked it. I loved the book. It is a collection of twelve short fabulous stories. I liked most 'The Coup' and 'Old Love'. Both are like mini novels. I would love both of them as full fledged novels.

The author is surely a seasoned short story writer. Dec 05, Soo Yen rated it liked it. A reviewer here said Archer's short stories are like chick-lit for guys; that gave me a good chuckle because the description is spot on.


A Quiver Full of Arrows

The story concerns a statuette originating from the Ming Dynasty. The statuette was brought to London by Sir Alexander who kept it in his family for generations. Each of his heirs — civil servants and army officers alike — keep the statuette very safely and in great glory until the latest descendant of Sir Alexander Heathcote, forced upon very tough times due to reckless gambling, decides to sell the statuette. He discovers to his shock that the statuette is a fake. Just as he contemplates suicide, he also finds out that the base of the statuette is authentic and he makes close to twenty thousand guineas on its sale.


The short stories in this collection are all well-written - they each tell an interesting story with just the right amount of detail and no loose ends. The other fun thing about this collection is Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, , in London, England. After graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford, he founded his own company named Arrow Enterprises and promptly amassed a fortune. In , he was elected to the House of Commons. A conservative Member of Parliament, he was, at the age of 29, the youngest member at that time. While in Parliament, he invested in a corporation and lost his fortune because of embezzlement.



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