Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, #1) by Ken FollettIts a little disappointing that people are rating this book on Amazon out of protest of its price. Its low rating does not give the book the recognition it deserves. This is my first Ken Follett novel, and I am hooked. Ive read where some people have not been that interested in the subject matter of Fall of Giants and prefer the Middle Ages. Im fascinated with 20th Century history, so this is right down my alley.
This novel covers the years of WWI and the Russian Revolution and follows 5 families. Their stories all connect at some point. While you invest in the characters, the story is plot driven and moves pretty swiftly through the years. There are times that a character may be left for a year before we hear from him again. But you dont feel like youre missing any crucial information.
My favorite portions were before and after the war. There is quite a bit of battlefield sections in the middle. They are well written, but I am more interested in the people than military tactics.
I was surprised at how quickly this book reads. Despite its huge size, you can read it pretty quickly if you have the time to devote to it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
My Review of Winter of the World
The Century Trilogy Series
In this huge panorama, empires rise and fall, wars break out and characters of varying social backgrounds live mostly happy or mostly unhappy lives — mostly happy, more often than not, because Follett is an optimist, and firmly on the side of the good guys. The giants of the title, the crowned heads of Europe, are solidly ensconced in their palaces when the story begins in but all gone except King George V of Britain when it ends, in In between, various upheavals remake the world, affording plenty of scope for action, and Follett takes full advantage of this opportunity. Churchill has a brief role as an acerbic guest at a country home, where the king and queen are also guests on another occasion. Indeed, in an afterword, Follett says he never attributes inaccurate or unconfirmed characteristics to his real-life characters, or puts them where they could never be. This may be true; unfortunately, he also fails to flesh them out.
The Century Trilogy Series Ken Follett A majestic trilogy that follows five families through the most dramatic events of twentieth-century world history. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt. Edge of Eternity. In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they made their way through the twentieth century.
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A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy. And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution. Winter of the World follows the five interrelated families through a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the great dramas of World War II, and into the beginning of the long Cold War.
Fall of Giants is a magnificent historical epic. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as, in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty. As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. It is destined to be a new classic.
Fall of Giants is a historical novel published in by Welsh-born author Ken Follett. It is the first part of the Century Trilogy which follows five interrelated families throughout the course of the 20th century. The first book covers notable events such as World War I , the Russian Revolution , and the struggle for women's suffrage. The third book, Edge of Eternity , covers the Cold War and was published in The novel begins with the thirteen-year-old Billy Williams, nicknamed 'Billy With Jesus', going to work his first day in the coal mine underneath the fictional Welsh town of Aberowen in Three years later, the main story begins. Edward "Fitz" Fitzherbert, Earl Fitzherbert, who maintains a country estate in Aberowen and licenses the land on which the coal mine is built, hosts a party for many powerful people around the world.