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However, I did think Follett did a commendable job at somehow packaging the main events of 20 years into a compelling, readable fiction. Not only does he address the obvious historical events of World War II, but he also shed light on the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project, which was interesting and informative.
I read criticism that he glosses over the Depression, the Stalinist purges of the '30s, and the Holocaust, and he certainly does, but I did like that he looks at the treatment of people with disabilities in Nazi Germany. You don't really come across that in many books about World War II-era Germany, and it was horrific and sickening and, I think, very important for us to never forget.
Another critique of this book on GoodReads said that Follett is not a good writer, but a master storyteller, and I agree. I thought his writing was atrocious in parts, eyeroll-worthy in others, and I frequently flipped through five or six pages at a time, not bothering to read them because it was so obvious what was going to happen it was boring, but at the same time You still want to find out what happens at the end, even if it's hard to summon up the energy to care about Greg Peshkov or even Woody Dewar, who I'm sure is a great guy and all, but is not terribly interesting nor three-dimensional.
Maybe Follett's arena - the 20th century and families from Germany, England, Wales, America, and Russia - is just too broad and ambitious, yet I've read generational stories that span countries or years that have been done to great success Aksyonov's Generations of Winter,John Jakes' North and South.
Also - the sex stuff IS a little much, and I'm by no means a prude when it comes to sex scenes in literature. But honestly, Follett writes about it way too much, to the point where I think that's why the characters come off as so flat and two-dimensional. And the sex scenes are ludicrously written. One of them contained something about how a character "squirted" all over this girl and the description was so disgusting and infantile I said "ew" out loud while reading.
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Look, I'm sure sex scenes are hard to write but Follett's just came across as something a barely pubescent boy would write. Will I read the third book of the trilogy? I won't rush out to buy it. I'd wait until it's out in paperback and get it at the library for a beach read.
Sep 23, Christine Hughes rated it it was amazing. It has all the ingredients of ' Fall of Giants ' easy to read, absorbing, intriguing and never far from actuality of the age. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not really into History but likes a cracking story.
Aug 17, Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was a First Reads winner!
I feel so lucky that I won a copy of this book. I have a habit of opening a book and reading the first couple of sentences in the book.
If it doesn't grab my attention I have a hard time reading on. I can't actually review this book yet because I am not quite done with "Fall Of Giants" yet, which I insist on finishing first.
I am really enjoying that book so far. I love the setting and the characters are interesting. I very much want to see what becomes of them. I di I was a First Reads winner! I even got my sister copies and insisted she read them both.
Just in case anyone is wondering, yes I did open the book already and read the first sentence I can't wait to read on. Thanks again Good Reads for such a great website , Ken Follett for your great stories, and Dutton who listed this book for the giveaway.
If my eyes would stay open I would have read all night. I love the way Ken Follet weaves the story back and forth between the characters and places. I liked the book a lot, I am looking forward to the next book. Sep 20, Waheed Rabbani rated it it was amazing. Book Two, Winter of the World, commences in February , with eleven-year-old Carla in the kitchen of her Berlin home wondering what her parents, English born Maud, and German born Walter von Ulrich, were arguing about.
It was not that Walter was a Nazi, for he was a Social Democratic Party representative in the Reichstag, but he feared: This part features: The plot now includes not only some of the previous characters, but also their children.
In this novel they are listed on five pages, which makes it a more intimate read. While the list is handily presented, at the beginning of the book, most readers—including those not having read Fall of Giants—will likely not feel the need to refer to it. Particularly, their names: Chuck, Gus, Woody, Boy, Maud, Lloyd, Erik, Volodya, and so on, are well chosen and recognizable representatives of their country of origin.
The result is not only an entertaining reading of their love stories and sexual experiences, but also an insight into the calamity, the horrors, the pain and sufferings of these people, who lived through those tumultuous times. Also, concurrently, we gain an insight into the monumental efforts made by the Allies to bring the Nazi menace to its knees. To accomplish this, Ken Follett has used the tools of an historical fiction novelist admirably.
These give us the thrill of having shared the mental thoughts and lived through those events beside the characters. The actors happen to be, proverbially, at the right place at the right time, to meet the right person.
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Some readers might find this unnerving. For instance, in one scene a soldier, while serving clandestinely in France, rescues the pilot of a downed aircraft, who turns out to be his half-brother, on a sortie out of England! However, this reviewer would agree with the dialogue between the characters: But, the ones he has covered, are presented movingly and the action sequences are in sufficient detail to bring them visually before our eyes, but not so monotonously—as in some war movies—to make them tedious.
Possibly, because the topic, of the Nazi Concentration Camps for Jews and others, is well covered elsewhere, they only have a passing mentioned in this novel. They were, not coincidentally, also mostly of Jewish and mixed races. The novel describes the thrilling bravery of the German teenage girls, Carla and Frieda, to collect evidence that through the efforts of German clergy and public opinion, which finally persuaded the Fuhrer to close the program.
While there are many real and fictional politicians, spies and their clandestine activities abound in the novel. Here Follett, as a masterpiece thriller novelist, is on familiar territory. Since the story lines are those of the children of the characters in Book One, they are mostly teenagers or slightly older.
Yet, they perform remarkable feats of international espionage, with ease, which turns the course of wars and fates of nations. Such as the young Volodya, who after conducting several successful undercover activities for the Russians in Berlin, is sent all the way to Albuquerque New Mexico, in , when he is still only about thirty. His mission: The characters, children of the ones in Book One, now have kids of their own, who will undoubtedly play a prominent role in the Cold War storylines to come.
However, will they live in peace? We will have to wait for the Book Three to find out. Ken Follett, in the recent promotional interviews for the Winter of the World, disclosed that he had the typescript of the novel read by a number of notable historians. They are also mentioned in the acknowledgements. Finishing reading this page novel is a much easier feat, than writing it. View 1 comment. Jun 26, Hailey Hailey in Bookland rated it it was amazing Shelves: These books are so fascinating because they manage to cover so much information in only pages.
This one gave such an interesting perspective on World War II and the homefront. I love how you get to see all of the facets of the war, not just the battles. The characters were lovable as it follows the children of the characters from the first book so I felt like I already knew them.
My one issue is that I think I had hyped it up a bit too much for myself. World War II is one of my favourite historic topics to study and read about so I had very high expectations for this and they were just let down a smidgen. I was hoping one of the perspectives would be from someone in a concentration camp but instead there was only an outside view of the concentration camps. I just wish they had been more of a prevalent topic in the story if that makes sense.
But, other than that I really loved it! Ken Follett really is an expert storyteller as he is able to create such captivating narratives and create a realistic portrait of the world in the crisis of World War II. I can't wait for the next one! Aug 31, Dem rated it liked it.
An interesting long Nov 14, Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing. There are reasons why Ken Follett is one of my favorites, if not THE favorites and Winter of the World is another shining example of why.
WOW picks up ten years after the end of Fall of Giants. While it does have the original cast from the previous installment, it's more about the second generation: While its well researched and equally well told, it wouldn't be anything more than a history book if it weren't for a diverse and nicely constructed cast.
Winter of the World has that in spades. While putting his characters through all kinds of world changing and hellish scenarios, Follett never diverges away from interpersonal drama, relationships and subplots. What he puts his characters through runs the gamut from the uplifting to the downright terrifying. Loves are won and lost, families are born, battles are fought, atrocities are lived through and overcome. Each and every character is well fleshed out and reacts logically.
Using a combination of personal motives and moral codes, Follett's characters react to the real world and historical events he's made them a part of in a believable and logical way. They react to what's going on around them and make their decisions based on their beliefs and the state of the world around them.
Nobody puts fictional characters into true events like Ken Follett. I don't know how he does it but he does. I've read many of the previous reviews and see the low average rating. As it turns out, many of the one and two star reviews are from people complaining about the price Rating a book solely based on the price before ever even reading it is, in my humble opinion, silly, uninformative and unfair to the author.
If it's too costly, go to a library. Complaining about price is a waste of everybody's time.
But I digress. You just can't help but get swept up in the characters and the time periods he writes about. Nov 09, Erin rated it it was amazing.
Think you could never empathize with a communist, a socialist, the elitist, anarchist, or aristocrat? Think again, because Follett takes you front and center into the lives of such people in his second book of the Century Trilogy with a passion and clarity that delivers the story of their struggles and triumphs to a place beyond our manufactured understanding and created historical boxes.
I love a great familial pan-Atlantic historical epic, and KF is incredibly precise in describing the minutia Think you could never empathize with a communist, a socialist, the elitist, anarchist, or aristocrat?
I love a great familial pan-Atlantic historical epic, and KF is incredibly precise in describing the minutiae which transforms how the reader would otherwise have thought about the various settings. I love to be humbled by this kind of knowledge. Strong female characters are a trademark, and I find it more satisfying that his plainer folk see most of the action and heroics. There is a slight tendency to make out characters possessing a greater share of beauty and riches to be antagonistic, but it certainly varies and blends well enough.
His sex is bluntly male at times, but seems to lack a coarseness found in many of his counterparts, and I enjoy his intimate contributions. If intrigued, just read into the lives of those seeking to make a difference in the world as they understand it.
His stories come together with an uncanny realism, but let his critics not forget this is fiction, which is fantasy, after all, and will never read the same as biography. Had I forgotten the London Blitz or the bombing of Berlin and the civilians who lived, died, and fought for their lives?
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Our characters are in the midst of these, transporting us to the most basic emotions of compassion. That would take more study than this post allows.
God help us. I choose to remain faithful that KF will have me seeing the light. Oct 13, Kevin rated it it was ok. I finished it because I felt I had to. Hoping perhaps an unexpected plot twist, or something, might convince me that wading through pages would be worth it. Sadly, the last page turned left me as empty as the previous many. Each page turned revealed the expected, formulaic and dull running commentary of 5 families and their involvement in the history of the time.
Characters such as Maud, so interesting in the first book, so glossed over in this — Ethel Leckwith so strong in the first book so I finished it because I felt I had to. Characters such as Maud, so interesting in the first book, so glossed over in this — Ethel Leckwith so strong in the first book so ignored as a character here.
Boy Fitzherbert should have been a character with a lot more to say about everything, except he's written as cliched fool.
It seems Follett was so keen to race through History he forgot about what made the first in the trilogy enjoyable - his characters, their personalities and how they interact with each other. I will probably buy the third in this series just to see what happens.
I just hope is better than this book - it's so disappointing in so many ways. A big shame because most of Follett's work I have enjoyed immensely. Parliamoci chiaro: Quindi bravo Ken Follett. Le ultime pagine, tralasciando le ultimissime 10, sono davvero brutte. Di una svogliatezza sconcertante. Non rovinano di certo le decine di belle pagine che le precedono, ma stonano terribilmente. E la notte dei cristalli?
Drammatica la presa di Berlino da parte dei sovietici. Sbagliato additare tutti i tedeschi come nazisti. View all 5 comments. May 19, Scott Hitchcock rated it liked it Shelves: Book 1: Simple, easy and lacking substance.
That's not to say they're bad. I just don't see why they're regarded as highly as they are. Example one, dialogue. Continuously the simplistic conflict resolution. I could not be more furious, please I love you I'm sorry, I love you too, let's never fight again and they did not.
If the real world was only that simple. Example two, characters. Somehow again and again the same characters separate Book 1: Somehow again and again the same characters separated by oceans run into each other in random meetings.
In fact their children run into each other years later in similar random circumstances. Example three, the story. Trying to be Epic Historical Fiction Follett gives a smattering of major events so he can cover the entire 20th century. The problem is if you're going to do that you cannot miss entire storylines such as the Japanese work camps in America as one example.
You also really can't cover other major events in full. You pretty much get the headlines with appearances by real historical characters and never anything in depth. Example four, the sex. Softcore fondling scenes that all seem repeatable between both of his series. These are entertaining and I'll finish them out but this really does feel like Kingsbridge 5 with Follett having his form where he changes names, dates and events but it's mostly the same.
Sep 21, Melissa Rochelle rated it really liked it Shelves: First, Follett does a great job of making a fat book fly by. However, for a book that makes up something called "The Century Trilogy", I'm a little disappointed that the first two books only covered the first half of the century. Will the next book only make it to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then we're done?
Second, Follett does a wonderful job reminding us that war is horrific. He really doesn't hold back. If you're at all appalled by the fact that humans can be truly AWFUL to each other, t First, Follett does a great job of making a fat book fly by. If you're at all appalled by the fact that humans can be truly AWFUL to each other, then just don't read this book.
I mean, this book serves as one big reminder that humans have this incredible capacity to just forget that others are also HUMAN.
Third, Follett truly is an incredible author. He takes something as complicated as international relations and makes it into a story worth reading. Of course, I'm not a historian so I don't know how accurate he is, but as a reader I kept turning the pages. Can't wait to see what the next generation of Peshkovs, von Ulrichs, Dewars, Williams, and Fitzherberts live through.
View all 3 comments. Y lo digo sorprendida porque no lo esperaba. Solo que no ahora. No de la mala manera, sino a nivel emocional. No me malinterpreten, Winter of the World termina bien si es que una guerra puede terminar bien , pero es la crudeza de sus hechos lo que me arruina siempre al final.
Y yo creo que es eso lo que se lleva las cuatro estrellas. He de hacer un alto con los personajes masculinos de esta novela: May 05, Gary rated it it was amazing.
I bought the hardcover, some time back,and actually carried it to the Kansas City area to read it,and didn't start it I grew fond of the characters,and felt like they were my personal friends I felt the same. I felt the pain, the joy, the love, the anguish of all that the characters were going through I felt like I was a huge part of their lives What a sign of a truly impressive novel,and the richness of it's writing!
To me, all of the above comments tell me about what a great writer Follett is and what super books these are I can assure you that you won't be disappointed,and don't let the length of the novels deter you Follett spends a lot of time researching his facts,and in my estimation he is the king of historical fiction these days Pick up the first book,and be prepared to be riveted!!
Then read book 2. I am anxious to hear of a date for release of the final installment! View all 6 comments. Dec 28, Silvia Ribeiro rated it it was amazing. Correction 3 10 Feb 22, Winter of the World [May 10, ] 30 32 May 31, Winter of the World 13 Apr 29, Winter of the World, by Ken Follett 2 24 May 20, Winter of the World 8 Jun 27, Readers Also Enjoyed.
About Ken Follett. Ken Follett. Over million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages. Born on June 5th, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy — later to be made a Fellow of the College in He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper the South Wales Echo and then with the London Evening News.
Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. Set partly in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, it is a sequel to bestsellers The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End and was published in September His previous project, The Century Trilogy, has sold 22 million copies worldwide. The three books tell the story of the twentieth century through five generations on three continents. It reached number one on best-seller lists everywhere and has sold over 24 million copies worldwide.
It was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in Ken has been active in numerous literacy charities and was president of Dyslexia Action for ten years.
He was chair of the National Year of Reading, a joint initiative between government and businesses. Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player in two bands. Other books in the series. The Century Trilogy 3 books. Books by Ken Follett.
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