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Only Time will Tell

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Only Time Will Tell is the first installment of five in the Clifton Chronicles, featuring Harry Clifton who is on a mission to learn the truth about his parentage.

Summary Of The Book

Only Time Will Tell begins as a coming-of-age novel, but soon turns into a story featuring lies and deception.

The events of Only Time Will Tell span two decades, mainly between 1920 and 1940. Set in Bristol, England, it follows the story’s main protagonist Harry Clifton, who is destined to work on the docks until fate hands him a new lease. One day, while on the verge of being expelled from school, his ability to sing well is noticed by his teachers. After passing a gruelling, 3-part test, Harry joins the school choir. It is when Harry discovers Old Jack that the story takes a different turn.

Harry learns that it is Old Jack who could solve the mystery surrounding his father’s disappearance. However, Old Jack refuses to budge from his silence, leaving a cloud of mystery and unanswered questions over Harry’s head. Nevertheless, Old Jack befriends Harry, and tutors him, which would help him gain admission into a posh school. Meanwhile, Harry’s mother secures a better-paying job at a hotel, and feels relieved that she is now able to afford Harry’s new school’s expenses.

Before starting at the new school, Harry reveals to Old Jack about his desperation to learn about his father. He informs him that the date of his birth and the date of his father's death do not coincide. It is at this time that Old Jack reveals the names of two individuals who could help Harry solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance.

Readers will follow Harry’s journey as he tries to learn about the mystery surrounding his father’s disappearance and how he deals with his own problems as he enters manhood. Only Time Will Tell quickly became an international bestseller, holding the number one position for twelve weeks in India, and selling out on the day it was released.

About Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer is an accomplished novelist, playwright, author, and former politician. He has authored numerous stories, novels, plays, and children’s books. Some of these titles are the Kane and Abel series, A Prison Diary, The Fourth Estate, and Paths of Glory.

Archer’s writing style features complex plots, written in a narrative style. He has an academic qualification for teaching from Oxford University. He was also a Member of Parliament. Archer has been married for over forty years to Mary Archer, who was the former Chairman of the Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Together, they have two sons, James and William.

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Authored By Jeffrey Archer
Book Details
Publisher Pan Macmillan India
Imprint Pan
Publication Year 2011 December
ISBN-13 9780330535670
ISBN-10 0330535676
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 388 Pages
Book Type Fiction Book
Series & Set Details
Series Volume 1
Dimensions
Weight 280 g
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17 March 11
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Only Time will tell- A good start

I begin with sayin, i was/am/and ever will be an ardent archer fan. For those who have read kane and abel and sons of fortune, will find this book have a similar storyline in the beginning. But what makes this novel stand apart from them is the way archer said story, how ppl who lead different lives sees the things happening around them. To add to this, a typical archer's book with a half a dozen twists, which adds its part to keep the page turning. For ppl who havnt read any of archer's till now, this turns out to be a MUST READ. But for the ARCHER FANS, they wont find this mindblowing like KANE AND ABEL, THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT etc. To summarize, this book, as all of the archer's, is an excellent page turner with a superb end which makes us long for whats gonna happen in the next part. THE GREAT ARCHER DOES IT AGAIN:) :)

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A MUST READ!

Two things are actually quite clear from this novel -

1. Jeffrey Archer is undoubtedly the master of impersonation!! Half his novels – including Sons of Fortune, A Prisoner of Birth and this one – are based on the same Impersonation formula which has ruled Bollywood for decades!

2. This book is obviously an outcome of the immense success J K Rowling has had with Harry Potter. The idea of making a series instead of a standalone novel, the break-up of the book into different part’s of the protagonist’s life, and even the name of the hero – Harry Clifton – are an indirect ode to the fabulous Potter series.

But that does not mean Only Time Will Tell is not brilliant!

It is great to see Archer at the top of his form once again – after the forgettable Prisoner of Birth and False Impression. Only Time Will Tell has been announced as a five-part compilation, and i’m already waiting for the next instalment of Harry Clifton’s life.

In choosing the location for the story, Archer picked his own hometown – of Weston-Super-Mare, and he has absolute grasp over the region, its culture, its history and all the quirks that are so peculiar to British Life. Since the book begins at in the 1920s, there are even more of them! Archer is masterful in guiding us through the life of Harry – from when he is five years old to when he turns 20 and the book ends.

Only Time will Tell is bound to be a masterpiece – and not just in scope. The story and its characters are brilliantly sculpted – like in all of Archer’s books, but the real mastery here is the multiple narrative that the author chooses over a linear variant like he normally prefers. Each part of the book is told through a different character, and they all weave in beautifully. It is immensely satisfying to step alternately into the shoes of Harry, Old Jack Tarrant, Hugo Barrington, Emma, and Mrs. Clifton in turn, and to the author’s credit, the story never slackens – even when the narrator changes.

There is something magical about all novels written around the sea and ships, and this one is no different. Life near the docks has its own romance, and every page in the novel bears testimony to that. There are a few twists and turns that are predictable – especially to Archer fans who’ve gobbled up everything written by the master. But still the book doesn’t bore us and makes us read through at a go.

The story of the first part begins at the end of the first world war and at the start of the second. That gives the second book a completely different premise and in Archer’s hands, it is bound to shine – as did all his earlier novels of the period. I’m already looking forward to the second one, and hope it comes out soon – and not like Harry Potter which came out once a year!

Welcome back, Mr.Archer!!

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A good page turner

I ordered the book on friday morning and got it delivered by flipkart the very evening. Talk about quick service.
Once I started reading it I simply couldnt put the book down. Jeffrey Archer keeps the reader in suspence throughout the entire book. He takes the minutest details and turns it into interesting series of events. This book is typical Jeffrey Archer and catches him at his finest.

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The way Mr. Archer develops his characters is amazing.

This is the first Jeffery Archer book that I read and it didn't fail to make me his fan. After this book, I bought some of his previous works (Kane and Abel) and loved those too.
The characters in this story are not super heroes; they do not come from a legendary fictional tale, they are just simple, subtle human beings who lived in early 20th century in the British city of Bristol. They are so life like, they seem almost real to the reader. Harry, Emma, Giles, Hugo, Masie, Old Jack, Mr. Holcombe, each and every character has their special place in the story. None of them is neglected or overly emphasized. It truly is a story of two families. Its a story of great friendship between Harry, Giles and Deakins. Its also a story of love between Harry and Emma.
Overall, this book is really entertaining and in the end you wouldn't want it to end.
Same is the case with the next book in the series, The Sins of the Father. It continues from exactly where this book left so read this one first.

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Great. Must read.

Honestly, it has been a year since I read this book, so am a little hazy.

Flipkart delivery had been great (yeah I remember, because never once did I _not_ have great service :) )
And the bookmarks with every book. Amazing touch. It is the little things like this, that matter. Shows us that they care about their customers.

[Note: this was in 2011]
Book was a great page turner. At the end of the book, I was like "When is the next book coming out?". Next year?? Kidding me?

Print Quality:
Paper was average. Font size is reasonable.
It has been on my shelf for > 1year. Paper hasn't changed colour. And I don't get the allergic feeling on opening the book after one year :) .
So all in all decent.

Cost (Value for money):
Hmm, has gotten more expensive since I bought it. I got it from Rs 200, which was a deadly price.
It is a early 2011 book. Just about Rs30 expensive. For 200 it is a deadly buy.

Although, not reading it means you lose out on a great series.

Yes, this is book 1 in what might be a series of 5 books. At the time of this review (2012) book 2 was also out. Just Google around to find out which the next book is.

Finally:
Is this book supposed to be Tasted/Swallowed/Digested:
Swallowed.
You can't miss stuff in the book, you need to read it thoroughly. Ask yourself the occasional question "What would I have done?".

"Some books are meant to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested;
That is, some books are to be read only in parts; Others to be read, but not curiously; And some few to be read wholly, and with dilligence and attention."
-Francis Bacon, Of Studies

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