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The Century Trilogy has 16 entries in the series. Edge of Eternity Deluxe Edition. The Century Trilogy (Series). Ken Follett Author (). cover image of Fall of. Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy (The Century Trilogy series) by Ken Follett. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. I'm looking to read my first Ken Follett book and I'm torn between Fall of Giants and Pillars of the Earth. Any suggestions on which one I should read first? I know .
Fans of the Edward Rutherfurd multi-generational sagas will surely fall in love with this book, as will those who loved the nuanced character development of Jeffrey Archer who is currently penning his own multi-generational series.
Follett has bitten off much in this trilogy, but has shown his ability to keep all his characters under control and following a decisive path. He captures the reader's attention and allows them to choose a favourite storyline, knowing full well that it may merge with another before the novel is done.
I cannot wait to see how things develop as families intermingle and offspring hold alliances that may and will clash. Stellar work and I am so glad I came back to this for its full effect.
Kudos, Mr. Follett for this wonderful opening novel in the series. You have my rapt attention. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: Pat Oh no, not another Ken Follett trilogy I have to read.
When am I ever going to find the time?? Great review Matt, which of course does nothing to save Oh no, not another Ken Follett trilogy I have to read. Great review Matt, which of course does nothing to save me from this dilemma as I adore Ken Follett.
Matt Haha! Thanks, Pat. This was a stellar series.
May 29, Jun 10, Graeme rated it did not like it. The story was enjoyable enough and certainly kept me entertained for a couple of days. The recreation of the early 20th Century was very vivid, and I was impressed by how well Follett applied his considerable skills in this respect to a variety of nations and social classes. To cover so many years in any decent amount of depth was a great challenge, to which Follett rises well. The story was fast-paced and the build-up to the War was particularly well managed.
The particularly notable aspect of The story was enjoyable enough and certainly kept me entertained for a couple of days. The particularly notable aspect of Follett's storytelling is that he manages to weave together a great many themes in one fluid story: This was well executed and allowed a free-floing narrative to become established. Given that long periods of time could elapse between two appearances of each character, anticipation builds significantly over the course of the story and it is interesting to see how each character's situation has developed over days, months or even years.
Nevertheless, there are some problems with the book, mainly in characterisation and in the relations between the characters in the story. Rather than allow the characters to be merely players on a bigger stage, Follett insists on engineering direct connections between them, no matter how unlikely the circumstances. Many of the meetings and sightings between characters, particularly during the War, are highly contrived. For instance not once, but twice, two characters, one German, one English, are posted directly opposite each other in the trenches: While this did allow a reunion over the Truce of Christmas , enabling Follett to detail this interesting occurrence and add some emotional depth to the section, the second time it happens seems rather less well considered and seems to stretch the boundaries of belief.
In another instance, the same German is noticed by an American soldier who believes he 'may have known him before the War'.
Again, the sighting seems somewhat heavily contrived and does not add much in the way of emotion or character development. There are many occurrences like this within the book, and the more there are, the less easy they are to accept. It is a shame, as this does somewhat derail the narrative and as a result I could never quite find myself immersed in the story.
One can't help but feel that the narrative my have been served better if Follett had not deliberately created links between so many characters, rather allowing more to progress through the story unnoticed by the others. Characterisation did also become a problem. For example, Earl Fitzherbert begins the story as very much a product of his time: However, he is not an unplesant person and, despite his infidelities, generally comes across reasonably well.
When he reaches the War his natural gallantry and sense of honour come to the fore when he is forced to battle against the wills of stubborn senior officers in order to persuade the BEF to put up stauncher resistance against the Germans. Unfortunately, after this he becomes rather more of a charicature, almost becoming a pantomime villain towards the end.
He becomes the typical 'donkey' officer, so beloved of mainstream history and so clear in the modern public imagination. Indeed, this is a problem with the recreation of the War throughout the book. Follett's is a modern, mainstream interpretation, mainly based on the thoughts of anti-war poets from the trenches and is firmly rooted modern perceptions. Much recent history on the period has demonstrated the gallantry of officers, as well as the numerous new tactics implemented by British high command in order to win the War: Follett prefers to rely on the popular imagining of waves of brave privates and NCOs being thrown repeatedly against barbed wire and machine guns while the officers sat safe in the dugouts.
Such interpretations are not true. By the end of the War, the same officers, notably the much-maligned Douglas Haig, had turned a loose bunch of several million conscripts and volunteers into an extremely efficient military machine: Even during the peak of the Peninsular War and Waterloo campaign the army only reached the dizzying heights of , men. Moreover, Follett seems to create an anti-war feeling throughout the lower classes, with only the upper classes in all the countries in the book showing support for the War.
This is certainly untrue and there is plenty of poetry from front-line troops who enjoyed their War and believed wholeheartedly in their purpose. I don't deny that there was anti-war feeling, but I do feel that Follett's interpretation is somewhat misleading in suggesting how widespread it was. The novel also seems to suggest that German support for the War extended no further than the upper classes and the diplomatic service: I am no expert on the matter, but for a very convincing argument, Gordon Corrigan's 'Mud, Blood and Poppycock' is an essential counterpoint to many modern assumptions.
Finally, the rapidity and ease with which the characters seemed to fall in love with each other became tedious. Every time it led to some rather stilted love scenes which broke the flow of the narrative.
Furthermore, the relationships seemed reasonably unimportant and did not deserve as prominent a place in the overall story as they seemed to receive. The numerous times when characters declared their undying love for each other, or fell in love after the briefest of associations became irritating rather than engendering any emotional response to the situation.
That said, I would recommend the book as it was an entertaining story and Follett's attention to historical detail is highly admirable, making it an enjoyable story. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy and my only hope is that the later characters might be more deserving of a response from the reader. On reflection I'm not sure I would recommend this book. Since I wrote the review the sequel has come out and I haven't even thought about picking it up. It's a shame, because I had heard good things of him, and will probably still try Pillars of the Earth which has sat on my shelf for far too long.
View all 15 comments. Mar 24, R. Gold rated it it was amazing. So addictive! I am posting a review on YouTube. My review is entirely character-based, because the plot is just World War I. If you enjoy multi generational family sagas this trilogy is a must read.
It has a healthy batch of heroes and assholes that make your skin crawl. View all 7 comments. Apr 16, Choko rated it liked it Shelves: Perhaps the human race would wipe itself out completely, and leave the world to the birds and trees, Walter thought apocalyptically.
Perhaps that would be for the best. Not an easy task, I tell you that. As always, he is being hailed both as a genius and a complete failure as a writer, but I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. I also think it depends on your expectations of his work. Do you expect perfect historical account seen from multiple POV's, or do you read him for the human drama and interpersonal relationships? Either way, I doubt you will be fully satisfied. The way he writes how people communicate with each-other is stiff, cold, unnatural and very robotic.
There are no gradations, no nuances, no color to any of it. It is like a overly-dramatic Mexican soap-opera, where all the evil folks are only evil and all the good ones are pure as snow. Yes, they supposedly always go through some ethical or moral dilemma, supposedly they are tempted toward the darkness or light, and very predictably they go with their initial inclinations.
If this type of drama works for you, you get plenty of it: That was why they bought the paper. If you are in it for a sweeping Historical Fiction, you are in the right place.
The novel takes place predominantly in England, France, America and Germany in the years before WWI and all the way to several of years after it finishes. It gives a very good overall look at the class, political, and international tensions which led the world to the first really major war in the 20th century.
However, once again Follett is very ambitious at attempting to cover most of the war and the conditions of the people of the different sides under them, thus falling short in truly expressing the horrors of that time. Don't get me wrong, I think he does great in a "WWI History Review Class " kind of way, but when you take on this type of scope, it is difficult to make a real point of the different struggles, since everything becomes more of a lesson and less of a human condition portrait His prose does not help the matter.
It is stiff and emotionless, despite being informative and succinct. At times I felt like I was reading telegrams from the front lines of the war. I can see how it would be very interesting and illuminating for people new to the subject or those who have learned only from one side of the conflict and this is why I think it has its place in contemporary historical fiction, but just as always, I wish there was more!!!!
So much more! Funny to say that about a book of close to a pages. He takes sides by making the characters representing the ones he sympathies with the smart, likable, honorable and honest ones, the ones which by the positive slant of the story, the readers will gravitate to and root for.
Thus we get the smart, independent and much more honorable than all others Billy, a Welsh miner with barely anything to his name, juxtaposed against the stick-in-the-mud conservative, oblivious of real life and emotions, unthinking, hating, callas and also a bit weak aristocrat Fitz, who has everything but wants more and the status-quo preserved as far as the class system is concerned.
It is not the only example where we get to hate the aristocracy and think them incompetent and stupid, while the uneducated, simple, poor, and hard-working guys seem to always come up with the moral high ground. We are used to that though, since we got plenty of it in the Pillars of the Earth series. However, he changes that when it comes to Russia and goes another way with the wealthy in America and the uneducated classes there Gus, the American wealthy class politician who works for the president comes off as a boy-scout in training, earnest, honest and honorable, while the immigrants in the country are all criminals and rubbish Obviously not everything is neutral If I am being completely honest with myself, I do not think that any of us can write with complete neutrality, since everything goes through our perceptions and our personal ideologies and prejudices do end up on the page, no matter how much we try not to, so I am not really complaining, just pointing it out In a democracy the president is subject to the voters.
President Wilson says a leader must treat public opinion the way a sailor deals with the wind, using it to blow the ship in one direction or another, but never trying to go directly against it. As long as you look at it this way and forgive omissions due to impossibility to cover everything in this format, I think this is a good book to give you the feel for the World during WWI.
Don't expect something too deeply emotional, he does tend to point and tell, not so much stop and look for the hows or whys of human sensibilities. I know I will read the rest of the books in the series and will try to keep my expectations to the limits of those conditions: View all 9 comments.
Mar 10, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it really liked it Shelves: The book follows the lives of several families in the events that led up to the First World War and the crisis afterwards. We see it from the perspective of an English Noblemen, an English working class family, a pair of Russian brothers, a German with strong prospects in government and an undersecretary working for the Wilson administration. Through this we get a multi-dimensional view of the war.
A complete picture of major powers This allows the reader to understand the turmoil these events caused on everyday people from both sides of the fence. We see the effects the war had on ordinary people, and how political events that did not really concern them changed their lives. I think this does wonders to evoke the time period this was set in; it captures the opinion of nations and their fears towards a world that is quickly becoming enveloped in War.
In addition to this, we see the nobility, and the gentry, respond to the crisis in ways that reflects their station. I think through combining these perspectives we get a strong admission for what the world was like during world war one.
Moreover, the characters themselves are incredibly interesting people. Their lives are not exactly remarkable, but I think the way Follet writes captures something that many authors fail to do. It may be because they are realistic; thus, they can be related to very easily. They feel like the kind of person that would have existed at the time, and the problems they face reflect the age in which they lived.
Indeed, the book covers social issues such as inequality of women and racism, mostly toward Jews. This again enhances a reading experience that is true to the age. A neutral judgement of the war I especially like the way the book is told from a neutral sense. The Germans are not blamed for the war, by the author, as they were at the time by other nations. Follet hints at what could have happened during the war if the Germans made different decisions.
The English too, and the French, could have quite easily made some war avoiding decisions. The Austrians had attacked Serbia when they might have held back; the Russians had mobilized instead of negotiating; the Germans had refused to attend an international conference to settle the issue; the French had been offered the chance to remain neutral and had spurned it; and now the British were about to join in when they might easily have remained on the sidelines.
The only reason I gave this book four stars, and not five, was that I personally prefer reading novels based upon ancient or medieval history. A strong four stars View all 4 comments. Jul 23, Denise rated it it was amazing.
This is a fantastic epic, the first in a planned trilogy by the author of The Pillars of the Earth now a miniseries and World Without End. I simply raced through the pages, unable to put this book down even though it was a hefty nearly pages. The story moves seamlessly and logically, starting in a 5.
The story moves seamlessly and logically, starting in and ending in , and has a large cast of characters -- all so beautifully developed that the reader comes to care about each one -- the good and the bad.
There are Lords and Ladies, Dukes and Duchesses, Kings, Queens, Earls, Dukes -- even the servants, miners, and other assorted people populate this work of fiction. The author has also inserted real historical figures into the story, and their interaction with Follett's characters is very well done. From a mining town in Aberowen, South Wales, to the drawing rooms of the privileged aristocracy in Russia, Britain, Germany, and to the War Room in the White House of Woodrow Wilson -- the narrative captivates as it tells the tale of the people involved in the conflict and their lives during this period of change in the world.
The story is intriguing and complex, but eminently readable. The violence and gore that were present in Follett's previous works is absent here, and the action is fast and the storytelling fantastic. I have a fondness for historical fiction, and this work does not disappoint as the author has obviously thoroughly researched the era and has rendered it beautifully.
I won't and can't provide a synopsis of this book other than to say that it's a drama about life and love during these fateful years and I promise you that this will go down as being one of the best books you've ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough and can't wait for the sequel!
Historical fiction at its best. View all 13 comments. Aug 26, Dem rated it it was amazing Shelves: At pages, Fall of the Giants is a massive tome and the first book in The Century Trilogy, follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
These characters find their lives inextricably entangled in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg, At pages, Fall of the Giants is a massive tome and the first book in The Century Trilogy, follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage. Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of the coal mines to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.
As with all Ken Follett novels the characters and historical events are extremely well researched. I love his attention to detail.
I really enjoyed following the lives of all the families involved as well as reading the dramatic historical events at the beginning of the 20th Century.
I love books that can incorporate history with fiction and not make the reader feel bogged down with facts but yet you come away with a little more knowledge than you started with.
Fall of Giants is a big read and I started the novel by listening to it as an audio book but switched in favour of a paperback. For me this was a great historical read and I am really looking forward to Part Two of this trilogy.
Definitely my favourite WWI history novel I have read thus far. Beautifully captures the troubles of WWI on all spectrums, not just politically or on the battlefield. Jun 05, Lavonne rated it liked it Shelves: I have loved just about everything Ken Follett has written, but I think this one fell short of his usual standard.
Most of his novels grab you from the beginning, with fully-drawn characters and gripping plot lines. I wasn't even done with the second chapter before I began to wonder if I was even going to like this.
I think he may have tried to accomplish too much with this story. There were so many characters with so much going on in their lives. There was not enough time to give more than a gl I have loved just about everything Ken Follett has written, but I think this one fell short of his usual standard.
There was not enough time to give more than a glimpse of each character's personality and motives, even though the novel was almost a 1, pages long. I will grant that quite a lot of research had to have gone into it before the writing.
However, the political details read more like a history book and made it very hard to dredge though. One part that did make me chuckle was when one of the characters had a chance to view a chapel that was built around AD. He couldn't figure out why other people were so enchanted with old churches. Remembering "Pillars of the Earth", which might be argued as Follett's greatest novel, I think that was a little "tongue-in-cheek".
This is the first book of a planned triology and I probably will read the others. I will wait until they come out in paperback, though. This novel didn't leave me breathlessly waiting for the next.
View all 6 comments. View all 10 comments. Esta foi a minha estreia nos livros de Ken Follett. E foi uma excelente estreia! Adorei o tema, a escrita, os personagens Recomendo a leitura, sem duvida e espero ansiosamente a leitura d Esta foi a minha estreia nos livros de Ken Follett. View all 8 comments.
Foi com tristeza que cheguei ao fim. Fall of Giants is a door stopper, one of those books that makes me glad I have an e-reader for the sake of my wrists. At close to pages, it's long, and at times it feels like it. The first time I tried to read it, I didn't have the patience, but this time, I settled in for the long haul, determined to give it some time.
That patience made all the difference. This is an astounding historical epic. It takes the events leading up to World War I and the Russian Revolution and fills them with ch Fall of Giants is a door stopper, one of those books that makes me glad I have an e-reader for the sake of my wrists. It takes the events leading up to World War I and the Russian Revolution and fills them with characters on all sides that you can relate to and feel for.
I didn't like all of the characters, but I understood them and their motivations, and they were so real. Follett paints them in neat brushstrokes - just a few lines here and there for each character that bring them to life. And then he proceeds to take you through the war and its aftermath through their eyes, through dashed hopes and picking up the pieces of lives. It is surprisingly not bleak, and surprisingly spends little time on the actual battles of the war.
Those are only the focus when they move something forward, when they are pivotal for a character or for the direction of the war. Even then, the focus is more on strategy or what is happening to the character than on the violence. Not that you don't get a sense of that, too, but it's not a battle slog. I really appreciated that it didn't get bogged down in the trenches, dwelling on the horror and slaughter. Instead, it stepped back and looked at the reasons why people did what they did, and how the world got into such a mess and then couldn't get back out.
It's been a while since I learned about the Great War in school, so this was a fantastic way to refresh my memory - and to realize with my more adult understanding that there was good and bad on all sides, humans exploiting others and grasping for power, and other humans just trying to find a way to live in peace. If anyone was bad in this take on history, it was the upper classes, not restricted to any nation - although Russia got the worst of it.
It was the elite who dragged the poor working people into the war, who oppressed them and allowed them to starve while they continued living in style. It was the elite men who didn't want working women to have the right to vote, etc.
So this addresses social issues such as class and women's rights, and just briefly, race. And it does it in such a readable way. There were only a couple of times that I felt it was slow, and that was when the focus was on characters that I wasn't so interested in. I'm amazed at how easy it seems for Follett to bring all of these strings of sweeping historical and social change together in real people that you fear for, and make it understandable as well as engrossing.
It is magnificent and deeply personal at the same time. Highly recommended to anyone who reads historical fiction and is in the mood for a rewarding epic.
I gave this a decent try, but just couldn't get into it. I really enjoyed the The Pillars of the Earth - it was one of the first historical fiction novels that I discovered and loved - but I felt more connected to the characters and their challenges, not to mention the epic cathedral project, from the beginning.
This one is more 'sweeping' as it has been described. For me, that's not necessarily a good thing. The difference of time period may also be a factor - I enjoy reading about the Medieval Era, but have never really been able to get into books about the 20th Century wars. Pillars was centered around a priory town with lots of political intrigue and the building of a cathedral cool architectural stuff!
Since that initial experience, I've discovered by trial and error that not all historical fiction is for me it turns out I'm picky , and I think this is simply another mismatch for me.
Whatever the reason, I put it on hold when I was tired of trying so hard to like it, and never felt compelled to come back to it. I suppose that could still change, but for now I'm happy to leave it where it is. Normally I can rate a book pretty quickly, without giving much thought to it, but this one, was difficult. I'm fairly neutral with how I feel about this book.
I've definitely read worse, but then I've read better as well. This has been hailed as a masterpiece. This is no masterpiece and in my experience, it quickly became a headache.
There are some aspects of the book that I did like, though. I liked the fact that the characters Maud and Ethel were from very different backgrounds but were both c Normally I can rate a book pretty quickly, without giving much thought to it, but this one, was difficult.
I liked the fact that the characters Maud and Ethel were from very different backgrounds but were both confidently fighting for women's rights. I'm going to say that though, as I'm a feminist. I feel their characters themselves were not as developed as I would have liked though. I appreciate the amount of research that has gone into the writing of this book, especially when one is talking about the war itself.
My problem is, that the majority of the second half of the book was eaten away by these battle scenes, and that quickly became tedious for me. I usually enjoy historical fiction based on war but this was too much and the main plot kind of got lost in it. Despite this book being nearly pages long I do think Ken Follett tried to accomplish way too much in this book. We are introduced to a vast array of characters with stories to tell but we only get half of these stories and glimpses of their lives, which made me feel so much less for those characters, as I felt I couldn't relate to them.
I feel that the writing was simple and phrases were definitely overused. If I read the term "After they made love" once more, I'll scream! Seriously, throwing that phrase in there in every chapter major things dreadfully cumbersome. This book was certainly readable but it dragged too much for me to really enjoy it. View 1 comment.
Mar 13, Adam rated it it was ok Shelves: I love Ken Follett. Seriously, has a better epic period novel been written than Pillars of the Earth? I even like his other more basic stuff like Whiteout and A Dangerous Fortune.
Sure they are simple beach novels but they are good reads. Fall of Giants seems like it can't decide if it wants to be the beach novel or the epic period novel. So the result is flat characters, a listless storyline, and rocket paced love affairs.
Jus Meh. Just the romantic interests It is strange to say, but the backdrop of World War I is so trivialized that it is almost casual. Follett managed to bring significantly more pathos and emotion to the building of a Cathedral than the battles of Russia, Germany, England, Austria, and the US combined.
Don't get me wrong, his effort here is no less sweeping and dramatic than Pillars, it just falls woefully short of making me care about any of the characters.
I'm still surprised he managed to say so little in pages.
Mar 23, Shannon rated it really liked it Shelves: The first of a promised trilogy. Focus is on the early s detailing a vast array of characters affected by the coming Great War WWI which helps along the process of women's suffrage, trade unions, topples nobility and the rise of the Bolsheviks in Mother Russia.
WWI focus is less on the battles and more on the suffering. The very end of this page tale shows the aftermath of the war and the ominous foreboding of another World War to come. Woodrow Wilson was the first president t The first of a promised trilogy. Woodrow Wilson was the first president to leave the U. September to November My teens was when I first and I think last read Ken Follett. I wasn't really impressed then with his books, despite those books being touted as some of his best works ever.
Well, goes to show how different individual liking can be. So, when I chose to read this book, it was more for the subject than the author, although I had heard a lot of good things about the way the author had written the book etc.
Nevertheless, I was sceptical and wasn't really expecting anything better than an average read My teens was when I first and I think last read Ken Follett.
Nevertheless, I was sceptical and wasn't really expecting anything better than an average read, which I thought would take me a long time to finish, given that I a naturally disposed towards other shinier books all the time! However, I was in for a surprise. Not only did I finish the book quickly at least according to me it was quick but it was a page turner and non put-downable book okay that phrase is mine and not correct English but believe me, it is worth that tag!
Ken Follett, through the lives of five families, recounts some of the world's most important historic moments and what's more is that he does it with a certain panache and pace that is definitely worth praises. Nowhere are you left wondering what happened to X character or Y character. What is even better is that he incorporates real life historical figures into the storyline with aplomb and it never feels artificial or contrived.
I loved the plot building and character building in this book.
What I loved most was the fact that the two were intertwined with each other and supported each other really beautifully. The events led to the casual growth of the characters and the characters growth led to the events and the two did meet beautifully.
Another aspect that I loved of this author in this book is his presentation of his characters. Each of them have shades that are unique and nowhere does the author force you to think of them as good or bad. In fact, he leaves all the judging to you and allows himself the freedom to develop them in a way that perhaps speaks to him whilst also speaking to us.
I loved and hated and then loved all the characters through their journey, such was their impact on me. Nowhere did I continue to feel the same way for any character, except perhaps Billy and Grigori, both of whom I was rooting for throughout the book. The beauty of the characters created by Ken Follett is such that even when they are doing something wrong, they do it with such a style that you end up admiring them for that rather than hating them.
One such character is Lev who I feel is the best and the worst character one you love and hate and hate that you love in this book. A few discussions regarding the book in the past brought to my notice that some of the historical facts stated here in the book were either wrong or somewhat exaggerated. While it did bother me a little in the beginning, given the fact that the author has done more than 20 years of research and consulting experts in all fields before penning this book; I would like to say that it didn't take away from me the enjoyment given by this book while I read it.
I think it was fun and while moving along with the characters in their lives, I was more caught up in their fictional tales rather than the historical aspect. This meant that I enjoyed it so much that I was reluctant to take away even a single star from my rating. However, if you are a history buff and are well versed in the World War scenarios, some of it might irritate you, I am not sure.
In such cases, I guess you need to read it as a fictional tale set in that historical period and just let go of the historical accuracies or inaccuracies, if any. For myself, I am not well learned or read in the matters of that period, so I took everything that came my way as the truth or as much truth as it can be and enjoyed the story.
If you are willing to enjoy a good tale, with some real and imagined characters, set in the backdrop of one of the world's most important times, please go ahead and read it. I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
Finishing the book last night, I felt akin to losing a part of myself and that to me is the best thing a book can do. I was so engrossed in it that I forgot everything else, except maybe periodically updating my progress here in GR. Once I put it down after it ended, I wanted to rush and start the next book in the series and believe me I almost did that. However, sanity prevailed and I stopped myself While I do that and also look forward to reading the next book, why don't you give this one a try?
Rest assured that you will be entertained! Happy reading! De forma vertiginosa saltamos de um ambiente para outro. Deflagra o absurdo da guerra! Homens exauridos, famintos. View 2 comments. Jun 27, Renata rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ken Follett is a spellbinding storyteller. You can count on him to create a complex plot around an almost dizzying array of characters with a vast range of character traits from scoundrels to nobly inspiring as well as throwing in real historical figures.
I listened to his Century Trilogy last year and was thoroughly caught up in both the history and the often times soap opera of the many characters lives. I never really count listening to audio books as reading, but I probably need to revise my Ken Follett is a spellbinding storyteller.
I never really count listening to audio books as reading, but I probably need to revise my perspective on that as I am listening to almost as many books as I read. The first book in the series is my favorite for several reasons. Most importantly I enjoyed it because Follett did an exceptionally fine job of portraying in some detail the political climate in England, Germany, Russia, and to a lesser extent the United States in the years leading up to WWII.
He did this quite artfully by giving voice to an array of characters from different social levels as well as nationalities. I could feel my blood pressure rise during their debates and verbal exchanges. Prior to this my knowledge and understanding of the period leading up to WWII was a sketchy skeleton of key words: It has also remained my favorite in the series because I thoroughly enjoyed the various groups of characters he introduced - the Welsh coal mining family was one of my favorites.
The stories were also enriched because Follett showed how different the thinking and perspectives were across generations. Later in on series I grew quite tired of some of the characters and some of the plot contrivances made me roll my eyes in exasperation. But now I laugh and think what an impressive job he did in creating a compelling pageant of those war years with a focus on the social as much as the political upheavals.
He allowed us walk in the shoes of many men and women throughout Europe and America - he created a world perspective. View all 14 comments. This first novel in the Century trilogy is truly excellent, and it lays a magnificent foundation for what I hope are equally impressive parts two and three.
It is not the least of Follett's feats that the reader finishes this near thousand-page book intrigued and wanting more. It is a big book that tells a big story, but it is one you will not want to end. 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. Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors. Toggle navigation. New to eBooks.