Monday, June 28, 2010

The Fourth Estate by Jefrrey Archer (Book Review)

I'm a big fan of Jeffrey Archer. Usually, his books don't disappoint me. This time, I wasn't so sure.

Basic plot

The story of 2 men from totally different backgrounds, Richard Armstrong born to poverty and Keith Townsend born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and their epic struggle to control the world's leading newspaper empires. It's a story of how deception, greed, lies and cunning are the steps to "success".

What I liked about this book

As usual, Archer manages to weave an inticate and complicated plot with endless twists and turns. Character development is very good and the reader actually grows up alongside the main characters, from their childhood until their golden years. I love all the cunning and underhanded ways that these men use to make sure they win at all cost.

What I disliked about this book

Akin to Katie Perry's song "Hot and Cold", that was how I generally felt about the book. Some parts were simply gripping, leaving me reluctant to put the book aside. However, there were also parts that were too mundane and technical (mostly about technicalities and legalities of the newspaper business which I know were necessary but a bit long-winded) that almost made me stop reading.

A quote I liked from this book

"You know, you shoud marry her.. whatever her name is."

So, basically, this book took alot of patience and perseverance to get through the boring bits but it was definitely worth it in the end.

Rating: 3.5/5


One of the best things about blogging is all the new friendships that are formed on a daily basis. Thank you to my new friend Tieha for this wonderful award :) (For the proper way to recieve this award please refer here).

I would like to pass this award to these old and new friends who have made this blogging journey a great one.

There are so many other good blogger friends out there (you know who you are).. but I'm saving you for tomorrow. Jeng Jeng Jeng.


smallkucing said...

Have read the book quite some time ago. Am a fan of J.A.

Thanks for the award :D

Hidayah Ismawi said...

smallkucing: yup JA is definitely one of my fav authors..


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