Jeffrey Archer rewrites Kane and Abel 'for a new generation' | Books | The GuardianIt has sold in staggering numbers: a million copies in its first week, two million within a month and more than 34 million to date. This is its 83rd edition, and the publisher estimates that million people may have read it. To celebrate the milestone, Archer has returned to the novel, and substantially re-written it. He has switched around the order of chapters, but is keen to make it clear that the plot remains exactly the same. Readers will recall that this involves two men: William Kane and Abel Rosnovski.
Jeffrey Archer rewrites Kane and Abel 'for a new generation'
Kane and Abel. That happened to me in an interview with Andrew Warner, the founder of Mixergy. One of the five books that Andrew would like to have with him on a desert island is Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer. The one that feels like an old friend; the one you grew up with; the one that gets you through hard times; even the one that changed your life? This was the reason why, 30 years after its publication, I set about the task of re-writing it. Re-crafting turned out to be a more accurate description of what took place during the next nine months, because despite making considerable revisions, the plot remains unchanged. I first published it in April
Taken from the book of Genesis, it tells the story of brothers Cain, a farmer and Abel, a shepherd, who make offerings to the Lord.
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Cars, computers, economic cycles — everything's faster these days, so perhaps it's inevitable that Jeffrey Archer has rewritten his s thriller Kane and Abel for the instant gratification generation. The rewrite, which took Archer nine months — he says that he handwrites everything — saw him slashing around 40, words from the original novel, and putting back in around 27,, leaving himself with a leaner, shorter novel in which the pace increases from breakneck to warp speed. In the old book the cliffhangers were a little bit convoluted. Now each chapter ends with a question mark, or a much more obvious cliffhanger. Kane and Abel, first published in , is Archer's bestselling novel — Pan says it has sold around 34m copies worldwide. It follows the lives of Boston money man William Lowell Kane and penniless Polish immigrant Abel Rosnovski, born on the same day, through the first world war, the Wall Street crash of and the bitter rivalry that develops between them. The revised version — which will be published in mid-October to mark the book's 30th anniversary — doesn't change the plot, just the style.
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