Charlie’s progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies, but his actual journey takes him much longer. A story of love, ambition and revenge through the triumphs and disasters of the century.
I remember receiving this book as a birthday present a few years ago from one of my best friends. In fact, I was the one who picked it out but never got to reading it until now. “As the crow flies” is another book written by Jeffrey Archer. Set between the years 1900-1971 it follows Charlie on his journey to open the biggest barrow in the world. Truthfully speaking, I never expected the book to be so thrilling and entertaining. But Archer has his way in keeping the reader enthralled at every word and page. You never know what will happen next and there are bits and pieces that will surprise you now and then.
Now coming to the story, As the crow flies starts out when Charlie is a 5 year old boy helping at his grandfathers barrow. For those of you who do not know, a barrow is a fancy word for vegetable cart. It then follows him through various stages in his life until he is a very rich and successful business man who owns one of the largest set of shops in London. His journey towards his goal takes him through various relationships in his life, both the world wars and personal loss. It is a rags to riches story that is told through the POV of all the main characters as the story progresses.
Jeffrey Archer describes the entire plot so well, he gives us an inside look into the cut-throat business of retail and luxury. I wouldn’t blame you if you felt inspired to open your own set of shops after reading this book.
A total of 596 pages, the book is an easy read and I would recommend it to any one who is interested in a new book.