Sometimes life becomes too busy…So busy that we rarely have any time left to spend with our “own” self…….Daily routine means taking care of kids, preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner, getting ready and going to work and returning home and doing the same with the addition of another chore i.e. dishwashing! Most of the time all that we get to read is the morning newspaper and, that too, while we are waiting at the subway for our morning ride to workplace. It’s an old saying that a man who has a book as his closest friend will never feel lonely. And it is quite true.
So when you are feeling down and you are sick of reading dry, official documents from your workplace or big bulky professional studies books ,its time you treat your eyes to something light and inspirational. Recently to treat my senses to something different I read “As the crow flies” by Jeffrey Archer. The book was very creatively written and had a very realistic plot. The writer did a great job of describing the character. The story revolves around a poor boy from London who gets to inherit a vegetable barrow from his grand father ,Charlie Trumper The Honest Trader and makes it into one of the world’s biggest Mall. I am sure, you must be thinking that the book is all about business and therefore nothing light. But the book uses the business related plot as a façade to touch upon real life emotions and relations.
The story is motivational because it highlights the struggle this young boy went through to fulfill his dream and the kind of odds he had to face. Other characters of the story include Becky(Charlie’s wife),Guy Trentham(Becky’s boyfriend and the father of Charlie’s adopted son),Mrs.Trentham(the plotting grandmother) and Daniel Trumper(who is actually Daniel Trentham, but has no clue about his real father i.e. Guy Trentham).
The story keeps you on your toes till the end and is full of unexpected twists and turns specially in the latter half of the book when Charlie Trumper starts to over take one by one all shops on the Chelsea Terrace. The story touches on so many emotions like fear, sorrow, sense of competition, love, betrayal, remorse, etc that it becomes fun not only to read the story but also generalize from it to situations we face in the real life.
The end is very strong yet very subtly narrated. Charlie Trumper ,after becoming a member of the house of Lords and after serving in the government Agriculture Ministry,finally takes a leave and starts a small,new barrow in a less privileged area of London city, that come as an huge surprise to his wife and adopted daughter.
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