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History and fiction blend comfortablyI couldn't put the book down. Several fictional plots are drawn amidst a well defined historical background - fictional characters sometimes meeting, or even working with well-known historical figures, thus highlighting some lesser-known characteristics of and facts about them. As this is the second book of Ken Follett's trilogy, many of the characters were either introduced in his first book, Fall of the Giants, or are the offspring of those characters.The story takes place before, during and after World War II and the main characters play out in Germany, Britain, the USA and the Soviet Union. Circumstances, historic, or otherwise, force these characters to gravitate towards each other and the reader senses that they are connected somehow and will inevitably meet.The novel covers a wide range of world events; the rise of Nazism, the ascent of Franco in Spain, the Battle of Moscow, the Blitz, the Normandy landings, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the development of the atom bomb, the fall of Berlin and many more. This was a fun way of brushing up on my history.5This is a good book for its own sakeThis is a good book for its own sake, but the main thing is that it's an enjoyable way to learn about history in excellent detail through fiction. If you are writing a doctoral thesis on world war 2 politics and history, it's probably not detailed and accurate enough, but if you're just a normal person who hasn't read anything like this since high school or a first year college survey of American history class. Almost no other writer takes you through a story with as much historical detail as Follett, so that you feel like you have been taught a proper lesson along with it. Personally I really enjoy this type of thing and it's my idea of a good time, so this is exactly the type of book I take to the beach. I am a very weird person though, and not a lot of fun at parties. If you are a normal person who has normal person interests, this isn't necessarily the lightest and easiest read. It's long, it's full of facts and details, but those are also its main selling points. If you want something to read in a day with the TV on in the background, or is a quick fix, this is a bad choice. It does have deep interesting characters who develop not only through the first book that preceded this one, but through this book and the third book in the series, action and tragedy, and a wealth of historical information that has a great deal of value beyond the enjoyment of the fictional aspects of the story. I highly recommend this whole series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.5Makes me want to re read Eye of the Needle and all his others, over againI read the first of this trilogy which is probably why I gave it a 4 instead of 5 star rating. Still an immensely interesting book with historical characters and mostly ones developed true for the time. The scenes can be lustful, anguishing and loving. This covers Hitler and the war in Germany and a little of the affects in France and Spain. Characters carry on from first book but you can read and thoroughly enjoy this one, even if you haven't read no. 1 Ken Follett has already, many times over, proved that he is a great, entertaining writer and this is another one. I even read it in the evening, a sign, for me, that it was a great book!4Great read!I love this second book almost as much as my first Follett - Eye of the Needle.I can't wait till I get the next in the series. My sister was right, these are terrific books!After reading several books on Nazism, I see the juxtaposition of then and now. I also see the irony of what is happening in the USA - false hysteria, bullying of the press, xenophobia, sexism and hurt and pain to the weak and less fortunate. While Follett writes historical fiction, he is spot-on with his work as he paints the Nazi picture of hate and oppression. Thank you for writing this book and reminding us of how valuable our precious democracy is to us all. This story, his story, is exactly what is needed so that we never ever accept tyrants and dictators and repeat ourselves.4If you liked Fall of Giants, you'll be ready for this.This book continues the story from Fall of Giants. That book looked at the world events leading up to and including WW I and includes the Russian Revolution. This book starts up with events leading to and including WW II. The characters and their children continue from book one. The action occurs in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and Russia. The stories move between each character and the world events affecting them. It is not great literature, but it is great story telling. I found it to be a real page turner. Don't be turned off by its length. It is over 1000 pages long, but once you get caught up in the story the pages carry you on until the end.I've read the complete trilogy. It is entertaining and a great history lesson.5This novel could have been written about today's world. ...This novel could have been written about today's world. The similarities were starling and scary!Follett engages the reader into the families and characters in a powerful way, even though the complexity of the book is challenging.I could have underlined many passages that spoke to what I am sensing is happening in today's world.5Great Literature This Is Not. But Great History It Is. In Fact, It's a First-Rate History Lesson.Great literature this is not. But great history it is.This is a first-rate lesson in history from 1933 to 1949 with most of the emphasis on World War II told with real facts and imaginary characters in a plot-driven novel that will place you, the reader, on the ground in Nazi Germany, war-torn, bombed-out England, coal-mining country in Wales, frozen Russia, and in the balmy waters around Pearl Harbor on a fateful December Sunday morning. And while the dialogue is often unrealistic, and the writing a bit forced, the history lesson is riveting and one that we must never, ever forget.Before British author Ken Follett shocked his publisher and surprised his reading public by writing engrossing, bestselling sagas about the building of medieval cathedrals, he paid his bills by penning World War II spy thrillers. So Follett is in his element in this book, the second in a trilogy about the 20th century that is officially called the Century Trilogy. (And, yes, you really should read them in order to better appreciate the characters.)The book follows five primary families, with many supporting characters, who live in the hot zones of Germany, England, Russia, Wales, and the United States. And while there are plenty of bloody battle scenes and horrific details of Nazi behavior, the story is tempered with lots of love and sex.4A Cruel Winter!When you look at a book like Winter of the World , a 940 page book, you wonder how much time it would take you to finish it! However when you start reading, you realize that time flies and your almost over in no time. It s such a page turner!As in Fall of Giants , the book is simply written, without any unnecessary complexities. Characters are alive and have well-developed personalities. However on a personal level, I was more attached to the characters in book 1. They sounded more real, more natural and lovelier than their children. That being said, these characters are also present in book 2 and their personalities have evolved over the years based on the circumstances that they have encountered.This book and its prequel, are strongly related, this is why I would recommend starting with fall of giants before reading Winter of the World . However if you decide against this advice, you will be able to come up to speed with the previous events in some time.The book excellently portrays the societies in Europe and the United States during the 30 s and the 40 s (before, during and after the war). Some good descriptions include the brown shirts Nazi s and the opposing parties in berlin, the high society in buffalo, the secret police and the corruption under dictatorships. It also dives into the evolution of communism throughout the years and into socialism across Europe. The description helps explain part of why the world is as we see it today. I believe that the author was also successful in stating and answering the following questions: Can we generalize a belief or a system to a whole country? Does human nature always seek power? And do causes justify the means?The book is also objective to a great extent with few flows that I will mention below. It shows the evils associated with fascism from its discrimination, to its ultimate race, and to its cruelty towards human beings who hold different ideologies and beliefs. But in many cases the book also presents the wrong doings of the allies (USA, Britain and Russia) politically and militarily.The war part contains a lot of thrillers which can make your heart pump faster due to its intense events and vivid descriptions.On the other hand, there are too many coincident and meeting points throughout the book. It is as if all characters live in one small city. I understand that the author intends to tell history by following the journey of the main characters, but all these intersections make the story less cohesive. Also some tragedies could have had a more intense reaction from the characters* (Example below to avoid spoilers).Finally having a Japanese family as part of the story could have enriched the book even further. Actually I was disappointed that the Japanese society was never mentioned. Also I believe that Hiroshima and Nagasaki should have been mentioned with more than just a few words!!I am giving this book a rating of 4 minus, but I would certainly recommend it and I am looking forward to reading the last book of the trilogy.*the reaction of Eth to dave s death.4It is worse than the first book in seriesSince I purchased both Fall of Giants and Winter of the World (book two), I felt committed to read both novels. The first book was a disappointment and Winter of the World was even more of a disappointment. As I read it, I felt like I was reading something written by a high school student, not a world class novelist, and began to wonder if Follett actually wrote it himself. It was certainly not of the quality of his previous books. The characters in this book were even more stereotypical than the previous book. The shallowness of the book was revealed through the writer s addition of graphic sexual activity which was totally unnecessary and distracted from the story line. Such a strategy to boost book sales cheapens a novel. The writer continues his devotion to socialism as a cure for all evils, even Communism. After plugging through Fall of the Giants and Winter of the World, I m not going to purchase book #3 and if Follett writes another novel, I highly doubt I ll read it.1The 957 pages of this book tell a gripping historical taleThere's nothing pretty about this plot. World War II breaks out and deprivation, hardship and heartbreak affect each family. What makes this novel so compelling is the incredible attention to detail. The bombing of Pearl Harbor reads like a news account and the horror of the German/Russian battles are difficult to read. Nonetheless I couldn't put this book down; I read it in less time than many books half its length. Surprisingly, even though it's book two of a trilogy, it is very much a stand alone story. I read the first book "Fall of Giants" several years ago and remember little about that book other than I liked it. This book is special and I'm considering tackling the last in the series shortly.5
Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

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