By Jeffrey Archer
October 2012 Retail ePub. brief tale collection
The bestselling writer of Kane & Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and Honor between Thieves once more astonishes, delights, and electrifies his legions of fans.
From London to China, and ny to Nigeria, Jeffrey Archer takes the reader on a journey of historical heirlooms and smooth romance, of cutthroat enterprise and kindly strangers, of lives lived within the geographical regions of strength and lives free of the gloom of oppression. Fortunes are made and squandered, honor betrayed and redeemed, and love misplaced and rediscovered.
Embracing the passions that force women and men to like and to hate, the quick tales in A Quiver choked with Arrows will captivate the hearts and souls of readers of all over the place.
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Some villagers even said the disease was a curse for moving the old Buddhist images from the convent temple. Anyway, my grandfather’s medicine cured some cases of dysentery quite readily. Some of the patients were saved by keep ing them hidden at home, not letting them be taken to the hospital, and secretly giving them grandfather’s D I A R Y OF M Y S I X T E E N T H Y E A R 51 medicine. There were even patients in the quarantine hospitals who tossed aside the prescribed medicine and took my grandfather’s instead.
1 did not mind that he had seen me crying. I was not thinking about anything. I simply felt as though I were sleeping quietly, soothed and contented. I was not aware that darkness had settled on the ocean, but now lights glimmered on the shores of Ajiro and Atami. My skin was chilled and my stomach empty. The boy took out some sushi wrapped in bamboo leaves. I ate his food, forgetting it belonged to someone else. Then I nestled inside his school coat. I felt a lovely hol low sensation, as if I could accept any sort of kindness and it would be only right.
Finally, “Oh, It hurts. It hurts. ” His voice was frail and sharp. My shoulders grew tense just listening. Soon, the clear tinkling sound. Night. W hen I rifled through the drawer in the table, I came across A Theory of Safe House Construction. It is a book that my grandfather dictated to Jiraku. [A man from a neighboring village, a disciple of my grandfather in the art of divining fortunes and the geomancy of house building. ] He tried to get it published and even consulted with Toyokawa [a rich man from Osaka], but nothing came ot the manu script.