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[Archer, Jeffrey]のThis Was a Man (The Clifton Chronicles Book 7) (English Edition)
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This Was a Man is the seventh and final, captivating instalment of the Clifton Chronicles from master storyteller Jeffrey Archer.

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives and who dies?

In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?

Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank after Hakim Bishara resigns for personal reasons. Sebastian and his wife Samantha’s talented daughter, Jessica, is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue.

Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and the Barringtons.

In a devastating twist, tragedy engulfs the Clifton family when one of them receives a shocking diagnosis that will throw all their lives into turmoil.

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Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger. "Publishers Weekly "on "The Clifton Chronicles"

Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying, What's gonna happen next?...The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr! "Kirkus Reviews "on "Mightier Than the Sword"

Archer s tight plotting makes for a page-turning rich man s soap opera Entertaining. "Kirkus Reviews "on "Be Careful What You Wish For""

Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger. Publishers Weekly on The Clifton Chronicles

Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying, What's gonna happen next?...The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr! Kirkus Reviews on Mightier Than the Sword

Archer s tight plotting makes for a page-turning rich man s soap opera Entertaining. Kirkus Reviews on Be Careful What You Wish For

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"Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger."--Publishers Weekly on The Clifton Chronicles

"Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying, What's gonna happen next?...The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!"--Kirkus Reviews on Mightier Than the Sword

"Archer's...tight plotting makes for a page-turning rich man's soap opera...Entertaining."--Kirkus Reviews on Be Careful What You Wish For


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  • ページ番号ソース ISBN: 1250061636
  • 出版社: Macmillan; Main Market Ed.版 (2016/11/3)
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クリフトン年代記7部作の最終巻。
ある一家の一生を追うという手法はシドニー・シェルダンの「ゲームの達人」と似ていますが、
シェルダンが性悪説に則って書かれているのに対し、こちらはあくまで性善説が根底にあります。
この最終巻ではあの長年の仇敵レディ・ヴァージニア・フェンウィックですら、最後の最後に改心して、
ハリーの葬儀にしおらしく、目立たぬように参列しているというシーンが描かれています。
実際この最終巻の主役はヴァージニアと言っても過言ではないくらいページが割かれていて、
作者もこのシリーズ最大の悪役にかなりの思い入れがあることが窺えます。

シェルダンのような血で血を洗う復讐の連鎖を求める人には逆にやや毒が少ない点が物足りないかもしれませんが、
この大作を読み終わった後のなんとも言えない達成感と心地よさは、間違いなくシェルダン作品にはないものだと思われます。
サッチャーが登場し、ベルリンの壁が崩壊するシーンも登場するなど近代史がこれまでより身近に感じられるというメリットも
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最後まで読んで非常に満足度の高いシリーズでした。
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2011年からはじまった大河小説クリフトンシリーズ全7巻の最終巻である。
これまでの7巻の中でも出来不出来が激しかったシリーズであるが、率直に言って本最終巻の出来はとてもじゃないが褒められたものではない。
小生はJ.アーチャーの大ファンであるが、でも、そうであるがゆえにあえて本作にたいしては☆の数を落とすことにした。正直なところ、J.アーチャーの名前を使って他の人が書いたのではないか、と思ったくらい。

一言でいうとJ.アーチャーらしいキレや、彼の小説には必ずある読者の期待のさらに上を行く意外性が全くと言っていいほど本最終巻にはないのだ。 そのうえ、取り上げられるエピソードが中途半端な結末であったり、展開不足で読んでいるこちらが消化不良を起こしそうになる。しかも無理無理の設定が目立つし、陳腐な説明、都合のいい展開が多すぎる。
 
前回から続く最初の章でのKarinの行く末にしろ予測された通りの結末でしかないし、Emmaが会長を務めていた病院での不祥事にしたところで、唐突な事件の発生と展開のないストーリーで気が付いたら一件落着。 Mellorの企みについてもその裏話や加担するワルどもの描写もしかり。 船会社の売却、銀行の運営、、、ちょっとご都合主義が強すぎませんか。そんなに上手くいきますかね。 バージニアが色仕掛けで侯爵に取
...続きを読む ›
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投稿者 コテヒョウ 投稿日 2017/1/23
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クリフトン年代記は全7巻で完結したが、後半に入ってからは安易なストーリー展開が目立つ。セバスチャンの結婚とかジャイルズの再婚などご都合主義的な展開である。才能があり懸命な人物が、男のせいで麻薬中毒になるというのもありふれた展開である。また子供ができたと騙して大金をせしめるなど、およそ非現実的な話も出てきたりする。非現実的といえば、いくら若く見えるといえども、60歳を超えた老女が、妻を亡くした直後の70歳を超えた老人貴族を、あたかも色仕掛けでたらし込み、ここでも大金をだまし取った上、美食やワインを勧めて、心臓発作を再発させて、死に至らしめるというような話は、薄汚くてアーチャーらしくない。最後には安楽死まで出てくる。長ったらしい弔辞も鬱陶しい。あまり具体的に書くとこれから読もうとする人に申し訳ないのでこれくらいにするが、要するに駄作である。アーチャーらしい、爽やかな読後感は全くない。しかし第6巻まで読んだら第7巻も読まざるを得ない。残念な完結編である。
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although I have not read the other Harry series with wizards and magic, this is definitely the Harry series that readers shouldn't miss.

Mr. Archer, I salute you.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 A final end to an excellent series. 2016/10/27
投稿者 Wayne Robinson - (Amazon.com)
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The good news is that this is definitely the last volume of the Clifton Chronicles (as if you'd need to be told this after reading the title of this volume). There's no cliffhanger ending, and all the loose threads have been tied off, including the big one - whether Harry Clifton and Emma Barrington are brother and sister (and they'd committed incest in marrying) or not.

The cliffhanger ending of the previous novel proceeded more or less as expected in this one, so there weren't any surprises.

Jeffrey Archer could have done with a proofreader of the quality Harry Clifton enjoyed in this novel. Some of the medical details he includes are just wrong, and even if they were, events wouldn't have happened the way described (I won't reveal the details in case it's a spoiler). Anyway - a Sotheby's auctioneer would never refer to the Emperor Jiaqing (Jiaqing is the name of an era, not a person). It's the Jiaqing Emperor.

It's a very satisfying series. In a few years, I'll probably go back and reread them, one after the other (it's actually the best way of reading them - not having to wait a year for each new one to be published).
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Predictable. 2016/12/2
投稿者 Gina A. Emory - (Amazon.com)
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It is clear Archer has grown weary of the Clifton and Barrington families. The elements that drew me to the series when I stumbled across the first book have been sorely lacking in the last few. The only reason to read this book is to have closure. I will miss the characters, although they had become just shadows of their former selves. Time to move on.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Mixed feelings 2016/11/14
投稿者 Marcia R - (Amazon.com)
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I loved parts of this book and was bored by other parts. I've been reading the series over the years, but this one felt too much like a history lesson some of the time instead of a story. I also didn't always remember what some of the characters did in a past book, so I was kind of lost. I'm glad I read it, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone who hasn't been following the series.
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5つ星のうち 4.0 Finale of The Clifton Chronicles reveals powerful love story and long-time friendship 2017/5/3
投稿者 Michael K - (Amazon.com)
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After Book 4 of The Clifton Chronicles, Be Careful What You Wish For, I posited that perhaps Jeffrey Archer was going to take the Chronicles far enough into the 20th century that DNA evidence would reveal if the Cliftons and Barringtons were related more closely than marriage. In the last 50 pages or so, the permanent secretary to Emma Clifton, now Minister of Health under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, mentions the new work coming out of America on DNA. The results are revealed later in a line or two and the story just continues.

The finale covers 24 years concluding in 1992. At that point, does it really matter? Giles Barrington and Harry are 72, Emma 71. It was hard imagining them at that age.

The last pages were written beautifully by Archer and I did shed a tear.

However, as we went one last time through the lives of Sebastian and Samantha, the wild adventures of their now college-age daughter, Jessica, (and now there’s a second child, Jake); Giles and Karin (she lives after the cliffhanger end of Book 6, Cometh the Hour), Grace Barrington, Lady Virginia Fenwick, and Harry and Emma, I found myself wondering “so what?”

This was particularly the case with the nefarious Fenwick. Her scheme to defraud a Louisiana businessman by having him pay support for her alleged child by him is uncovered. She is involved in two more schemes. One, Giles has to recruit her for Sebastian and Farthings Kaufman Bank, who decide to help the evil Demond Muller, who was imprisoned, while the “eviler” Adrian Sloane got off scot free in a scheme against the bank. Sebastian ends up having to go to Chicago in search of Muller’s estranged daughter, who is listed as the sole heir. He finds a woman with a child in an abusive relationship and rescues them. She and Fenwick have already worked out a plot.

Even worse, Fenwick zeroes in on a widower duke at the wife’s funeral, in order to get money to pay a debt, and marries him, envisioning inheritance. The family gets the better of her, but somehow Virginia still ends up ahead. Why? When was she going to get her due? But, did we need any more of her in the penultimate edition? What did this add to the story?

A nice thing happens to Freddie, the “fake child” she has stashed in a boarding school and had her brother tend to, never visiting. Giles and Karin adopt him, though Giles and Freddie’s love of cricket may have played a role. :)

Another special moment is Emma and Giles debating the merits of the new health bill in the House of Commons, Emma from the Conservative view representing the government, Giles from the Labour side. Would Giles experience and oratory win out over Emma’s measured delivery and facts?

The politics of the family fascinated me. Harry overcame his poverty as a child to attend good schools and become a world renowned writer of detective stories and advocate of an imprisoned Russian writer. Yet, he was a Conservative. Giles, raised in wealth, went to the Labour side. We never know if he was influenced by Harry’s life. Yet, the family worked in Giles’ campaigns and voted for him.

Then Emma became enamored of Thatcher and vice versa. No one in the family joined Labour, though you couldn’t quite tell about Karin. Why? Archer is Conservative, which makes this aspect interesting.

It was also impressive how much Archer knew about political protocol, ins and outs, banking and wills.

At the end, what did we have after seven books and 72 years? Harry was de facto the main character, but breaking the books into sections about the different people, made the family the focus. Until the last section, Harry was in the background. At the end, you have a strong love story, of Harry and Emma. Emma picked out Harry after meeting him for the first time when she was 11 and he was 12. You also have the more than 60-year friendship of Giles and Harry. You have a family, despite being involved in so many public “trials” stuck together.

Archer’s women characters are also inspirational. Harry’s mother, Maisie, worked herself from waitress to owning a restaurant, trying to earn enough money to pay the tuition for Harry to attend school. Before she dies she tells Emma she has the ability to do more with her life.

Emma didn’t have to work. She became the first woman chairman of Barrington Shipping, building new liners despite the rise of air travel. Then, she chaired the board of a hospital, before joining Thatcher’s cabinet.

The Barrington who doesn’t get much attention, Giles and Emma’s younger sister, Grace, is a well-respected professor.

Karin was a spy, then double agent. She gets Giles to accompany her to Berlin to help in the destruction of the Berlin Wall. She also medals in a marathon.

In the end, it comes back to Harry. (Avoiding spoiler).
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5つ星のうち 2.0 Archer is good at creating an interest in themes progressing through generations ... 2017/4/11
投稿者 Joseph T. Lewis - (Amazon.com)
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Archer is good at creating an interest in themes progressing through generations of one
English family, thus satisfying the Anglophiles among us. But with this final volume I concluded that it should have ended with the previous book, like some TV series that went one year too long.
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