Written by Keshav Mohta, a grade 8 student.
My father recommended Kane and Abel to me. Thinking it would be another boring book I started reading it. But it was nothing like I imagined.
The book starts with two parallel stories at two ends of the world. Wladek an illegitimate child, has to bear the atrocities of World War I, while William has a relatively peaceful childhood. William has a luxurious childhood with all the possessions one could possibly want. After a long struggle in Siberian camps, Wladek escapes to America and starts going by his father’s name Abel Rosnovski. He gets employed in a hotel and works his way through the ranks to become the chairman’s right hand man.
William, who is working in his family-owned bank seizes assets of the hotel Abel works in due to inability to pay a loan. The chairman commits suicide and leaves the hotel group to Abel. After a sudden payment from an anonymous source Abel is able to revive the hotel group and becomes its chairman. Abel never forgetting what William did to his employer, holds a life-long grudge against him. He retaliates in ways which are unimaginable. And thus, William and Abel continue their life-long battle against each other. They give up the most important people to them for the sake of the fight. The book ends with a surprise twist which leaves the reader gaping.
I especially enjoyed this book because it covered the whole life of two men who have always been at war with each other despite never knowing the fact as to how they have saved each other countless times. Each of their encounters, adds to the story in a very significant way and keeps the reader gripped. The parallel stories kept me gripped to the book. The many different complications and feelings expressed through the book added immensely to the story and made all the more interesting. The vivid descriptions of events helped me visualise scenes making the book stand out.
Despite being very long I think this Jeffrey Archer bestseller will certainly be one of the best books I will ever read.
Written by Keshav Mohta
Keshav is in grade 8 and lives in Mumbai . He enjoys reading and writing and has authored two books. He also enjoys robotics, coding and working with computers and has taken part in multiple competitions.
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