I know Jeffrey Archer is not literature, but with some of his previous works, you’d excuse me for being tempted to pick up his latest. Unfortunately, ‘False Impression’ totally lives up to its name and is pure humbug. The whole book is basically about a certain Dr. Anna Pertescu (who seems to have stepped straight out of one of Sidney Sheldon’s books) using the 9/11 tragedy to save someones life in England. Through in a missing Van Gogh and that’s pretty much it.  The whole plot is so contrived that even a four year old would show great disbelief.  Everyone seems to be escaping and stealing too conveniently for you to hold any interest. The central character does not do anything even remotely smart, its always the bad guys who keep slipping up. No red herrings along the way at all, just a lot of flip flopping between the scenes to confuse you….the ending is a huge anti-climax.

Normally I wouldn’t  think too much about this …. console myself thinking that there must’ve been something I learned, but unless you’re interested in Impressionist Art and the price (or cost? still confused between the two!) of a whole lotta paintings,  you certainly aren’t taking much away from here.  Uhhh…Mr. Archer? Go back to writing short stories, that’s where you are best…or atleast used too be. Seriously, this is something that you should put right up with your HSC physics textbooks… ship off to your enemies.


14 thoughts on “Pah!

  1. sukanya February 24, 2007 / 5:40 am

    Actually na i have read only 2 of his short stories ka books. I have never felt the inclination to pick up any of his books.. even though he’s good and all.

    This actually reminds of Nancy Drews or even Hardy Boys (dunno if guys even read this stuff)
    Basically, as soon as the culprit is introduced you know its him. And nancy always has the hots for him. There isn’t any Impressionist Art to interst you either.. 😀

  2. Ameya February 25, 2007 / 6:19 am

    Whaat! You didn’t like his short stories? I loved ’em. Read ’12 red herrings’. Awesome stuff.

    But yeah, I agree…this was just like a Nancy Drew though.

  3. raghav February 25, 2007 / 6:43 pm

    🙂 i just finished the godfather and have no such regrets 😀 btw, is catch 22 worth a read? its pretty huge if you ask me..

  4. Ameya February 27, 2007 / 10:58 am

    I haven’t read Catch 22, but I know someone who swears by it. So it should be worth a read.
    Or in case you dont like it, you can do what I just did with ‘Gone with the wind’ 50 pages in to it. Nice paperweight for journal sheets.
    And yeah, Godfather is amazing. Do read ‘The Sicilian’ now….

  5. sukanya February 27, 2007 / 1:04 pm

    Oh i DID like the short stories.. but i never felt inclined to go buy another book.

    And now i am officially THE only loser who hasn’t read The Godfather.
    ALthough i DO have a new Gerald Durrel =D

    Oh wait – you actually picked up Gone With the Wind???!!! i have no idea if it is good or not – it just seems overly emotional.. =P

  6. Ameya March 8, 2007 / 8:59 am

    umm…gone with da wind was a mistake. period.

  7. raghav March 8, 2007 / 8:01 pm

    And now i am officially THE only loser who hasn’t read The Godfather.
    ALthough i DO have a new Gerald Durrel =D

    okay…is that supposed to be an insult?

    oh and btw, is durrel the same chap who wrote my family and other animals? coz that book it totally worth reading 😀

  8. Ameya March 9, 2007 / 6:46 pm

    Yeah same guy. Though we ‘State Board-ians’ tend to remember him by ‘The Rose Beetle Man’….Standard 8-Prose section.

  9. sukanya March 13, 2007 / 2:21 pm

    Yeah! but the Rose BEetle Man was “omitted” in my school.. so i only figured out a few weeks ago that it was in the text book when my bro was studying it..

    State board even had Jerome K Jerome!!

  10. raghav March 15, 2007 / 1:18 pm

    i read a few pages of jerome k jerome (three men in a boat) …the guy tends to have humour in tiny little packets, unlike say wodehouse, who litters his books with subtle jokes..(or sometimes not so subtle ones)

    @ameya – lol..i dont even remember giving you the icse-ssc speech! 😀 lol..i must have been drunk or something..or maybe just normal exhuberant 🙂

  11. sukanya March 17, 2007 / 6:52 am

    but those packets are totally worth it!!!
    although he DOES tend to sound like a travelogue half the time.. Three men on a Bummel is worse than Three MEn in a Boat in that way..

    @ Ameya : thank your stars if you haven’t heard the SSC – ICSE thing.. cause you know he’s right about most of it – and you can’t do a thing about it.. sigh

  12. acanofworms March 17, 2007 / 1:29 pm

    what ho!
    what ho?
    what ho! what ho!
    what ho! what ho! what ho!

    and no thats not a C program 😀 (although it can be…fibonacci 😉 )

  13. Ameya March 17, 2007 / 2:48 pm

    This speech thingy seems most interesting. No I haven’t heard it. Yes, I do want to. Although, as Sukanya has said it’ll probably be deja vu….I’d like to have it. Come on now dude….out with it.

  14. sukanya March 22, 2007 / 7:11 pm

    *awaits the never ending tale of icse glory*

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