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- Book 1 of 3 in The Century Trilogy
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"Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly . . . grippingly told." —The New York Times Book Review
"Follett conjures the winds of war." —The Washington Post
"A good read. . . . It's a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks . . . then let you out the other side both entertained and educated. That's quite the feat." —USA Today
"Grand in scope, scale, and story." —The Associated Press
"Follett entwines fiction and factual events well. . . . This is a dark novel, motivated by an unsparing view of human nature and a clear-eyed scrutiny of an ideal peace. It is not the least of Follett's feats that the reader finishes this near thousand-page book intrigued and wanting more." —Chicago Sun-Times
"Fascinating, in a big way." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Fall of Giants is a book for you to savor, one in which you can lose yourself for hours on end. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end." —The Huffington Post
"Follett once again creates a world at once familiar and fantastic. . . . A guiltless pleasure, the book is impossible to put down. . . . Empires fall. Heroes rise. Love conquers. After going through a war with these characters, you're left hoping that Follett gets moving with the next giant installment." —Time Out New York
"A suspenseful epic." —The Seattle Times
- ASIN : B0052RDHTM
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
- Publication date : August 30, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2153 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 865 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0330460552
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,803 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately by the time I had read most of the third book, I realized Follett was an extremist in his socialist, political beliefs, especially with regard to American politics. I am an Independent, and I hate reading anything so far left and so far right, when it provides no basis for reality. I would rather see both the warts and the dimples, rather than be told a fairy tale of half-truths. His viewpoint is very singular in his condemnation for all things Republican, and nothing but praise for all Democrats; even to the extent that he gives Pope John Paul II's great success in Poland to President Carter...utterly ridiculous. Follett praises by intimating Carter's dealings with the communists was "cautious", yet Reagan was supposed to take on the Kremlin during the Solidarity movement perfectly exhibits the bias in his writing.
As I was reading the book, I reflected that all of the Follett books I had ever read, prior to the Century Trilogy were period pieces from a time I had not lived; however, "Edge of Eternity" covered a place in time I know very well. His revisionism of more modern times has left me bereft of any pleasure for reading the first two books. If I can't trust his completely biased viewpoint of modern history, than how can I trust any of his research. Unless you want to read a socialist manifesto, concealed in the vein of storytelling, I would strongly recommend you not purchase any of the books in this series. As for me, I will not be buying another Follett book. It really is sad, because I would have loved to find an author who would have me explore my Welsh heritage.
I stumbled onto this series by mistake: While shopping at a store this past summer I saw "The Edge of Eternity" (book #3 in this series). When I realized it WAS the 3rd installment of a series I decided to give it a read anyway, since I had enjoyed "Pillars of the Earth" & "World without End" some years ago. That book was very enjoyable so I decided to go for the series and read book #1 (THIS ONE).
Again I was captivated by the characters and the events of world history. There is only one thing I had a problem with...SPOILERS AHEAD...!!!!!!
When the closing years of WWI were covered (1918-1919) there was literally NO mention of the worst pandemic in modern history!!! He didn't write those events into his narrative fiction!! How could Mr. Follett NOT write about the 1918-1919 flue pandemic?! From online sources (and I quote): "It infected an estimated 500 MILLION (my emphasis) people- about one-third of the planet's population at the time, and killed an estimated 20-50 MILLION (!!!) victims." !!! But our characters go through Europe and the aftermath of the war, the signing of the Peace Treaty, etc., etc., without any concern. But it would have been a DEVASTATING time, to have made it through WWI only to have entire families DIE at the hands of the worst influenza outbreak in modern times. That is my only real gripe. Otherwise, it's pretty much straight forward Ken Follett: Good folks & really nasty characters who ALWAYS live to torment and remember & be vengeful another day. Fun stuff.
Would I recommend it? Sure.
But then, as I said, probably half of the book went into great detail about the planning, logistics, maneuvres, execution politics, arguments and results of WWI, and it became tedious, tiresome and, for me, just plain boring. I am assuming that a century trilogy will include the wars of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the middle east. If they are as tedious as Fall of Giants, I may bow out and find another author to spend my time reading.
Top reviews from other countries
Descriptions of servile "peasantry", the arrogant upper class, & the huge differences in the way each viewed the other are superbly portrayed. The class system was, (& perhaps still is to a lesser extent?) the same in every country portrayed. I thought I knew a lot about the period covered, however this account gave me a deeper insight into the possible thought processes which determined so many strange & sometimes tragic actions on the part of the various governments. If I was more able to impart the atmosphere & depth of characterisation I would perhaps make this review even longer. I hope I have written enough to encourage you to read this great book!
This edition is an 'enhanced' edition, which I think is just brilliant. Unfortunately I mostly read on my kindle and it is not compatible so I haven't used it so much. I like the pictures and videos at the back. Part two is not enhanced :(
It's a fascinating insight into life in the early twentieth century. With my limited prior knowledge of pivotal events that occurred during this era, it fuelled my desire to learn more, along with the lives and loves of the main characters. Despite its 852 pages in length, with short bursts of repetitive prose, it's a delightful un-put-downable read. I have since committed myself to completing the trilogy, (hopefully by the end of the year!)
I urge anyone unfamiliar with this genre to give it a go, up won't be disappointed.