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Monday, April 05, 2004
Twelve Red Herrings - Jeffrey Archer  
I'm not a hardcore Jeffrey Archer fan, havent really read much of his stuff cept for Kane And Abel and Honour Among Thieves. I read his first collection of short stories sometime back, A Quiver Full of Arrows, a compedium of witty and well written fiction and quite enjoyed it. His third collection, Twelve Red Herrings, didnt quite meet my expectations, though there are the few gems among the twelve.

The most memorable one would be "Timeo Danaos", simply but cleverly written, about a couple who go on a cruise around some greek islands. It struck me as kinda funny though, perhaps because I could relate to how the (male) character(s) responded to women and their shopping needs. The other would be "Dougie Mortimer's Right Arm", an unusual narration about the tale of a bronze cast of a massive arm that belonged to a champion rower. I know nothing of this rowing competition or its culture though as its very English and very Oxford / Cambridge, but the story did manage to capture my attention, and was significant for me to retain it in my memory as imma liek, recalling it frm memory now.

An interesting fact abt Jeffrey Archer though - he's liek, yanno. man, gotta stop talking liek thta. Ahem. Yeah. Last I heard, he's a representative in the House Of Commons, and was deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, but am not sure if he's still active in politics though. Anyway, like most collection of short stories, its a good enough book for those with short attention span, and a handy companion to have when travelling, though slightly thick. Publishers Weekly made a comparison with Somerset Maughams short stories, but I dont really think its a justified comparison, because there were both written in different periods.

But at least it had a sizeable typeface =P

graceshu  # 4:10 PM
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