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Fall of Giants (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Ken Follett

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Title:Fall of Giants
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:Dutton Adult (2010), Hardcover, 985 pages
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (2010)

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Early 20th c. thru WWI seen thru the eyes of English, German & Russian aristocrates & working class members & Americans ( )
  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
This is the fifth novel by Follett I've read and it is certainly the worst of the ones I've read. .The events of World War One referred to are dumbed down as if author assumed the reader was learning of the events for the first time.. The characters are unbelievably stick-;like.. Even when interesting things are discussed I found the language boring and inane. There is no danger I will read volume II of the trilogy. . ( )
1 vote Schmerguls | Jun 27, 2015 |
An historical novel that follows five families through the years 1914-1923. Members of the families interconnect at various times during the that period. There are the Dewars from America whose son is an aid to president Wilson, the aristocratic Fitzherbert family in England, the Williams family of Welsh coal miners who dig the black fuel from under Fitzherbert's estate, the Peshkov family of poor factory workers from Russia, and lastly the aristocratic German the von Ulrich clan.

There is much coupling amongst the members of the various families including between aristocrats and employees but more importantly is the way Follett describes the historical background to the many momentous events of the period by having his fictional characters play our very important roles along side real historical men & women. An example of this is the influence Gus Dewar, a fictional character, has on Woodrow Wilson's decisions or Ethel Williams actions as a news writer on the move for giving the women the vote during the war.

This is a real refresher course on the early history for the 20th Century presented in a very interesting fashion. The waste of human life in the trenches and during the Russian Revolution is staggering. ( )
  lamour | Jun 10, 2015 |
EDIT : 28 DE Junio

GRACIAS KEN FOLLETT!! Gracias a vos aprobé mi examen de Cultura en el profesorado !!!!!!!!!!

Resultó que los hechos históricos relatados en la trilogía son exactos y me bastaba con acordarme las cosas que pasaban en el libro y que lograba cada personaje (desde los que peleaban en la guerra hasta las sufragistas que luchaban por el voto ) para que el estudio me resultara mas que fácil !!

Así que ahí estaba en el parcial , pensando en escenas de Fall of Giants más que el material de estudio y APROBÉ!


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Tengo la cabeza llena de datos históricos que todavía no puedo chequear .

Aún así , disfruté muchísimo el libro y las cinco familias , con sus decenas de personajes e historias entrelazadas .

Follett no será un gran escritor pero si un genio del entretenimiento . Espero que los libros que siguen no decepcionen . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
After being completely enchanted by Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, Fall of Giants failed to mesmerise me as much. Follet's proven mix of rather different characters with intertwining lives set in an important, well researched, historical background still worked for me. However, in his previous historical books he used four main characters, whereas Fall of Giants follows over 5 different characters and families. I found that a little too much perhaps. The main characters also follow similar steps in their lives: forbidden loves, unanswered passion and babies... lots of babies. At first it bothered me, but then I realised that the Century Trilogy needs this at this point, as the next book will cover the lives of these newborns as main characters (again a trick the author played in his first two books, albeit as less important a theme then). Moreover, the book sometimes doesn't read as a novel, but as a political and/or historical school book.

Concluding, I really liked the book (4 stars), and I finished the whopping 800 pages in less than 4 days. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the trilogy, but I hope the next book will be significantly different than this first one in the ways described above. ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
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Trotz peinlicher Sexszenen auf Groschenromanniveau und wie Untertassen dahinfliegender Dialoge: Ken Folletts neuer Roman ist gut recherchiert und freundlich-sozialdemokratisch - einer Verfilmung im Öffentlich-Rechtlichen steht nichts im Weg.
 
Die Aufteilung von erfundenen Schicksalen und weltgeschichtlich verbürgten Ereignissen löst Follett perfekt.
added by lophuels | editFocus, Jobst-Ulrich Brand (Oct 12, 2010)
 
Overall, Follett is ­masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly. He puts to good use the professional skills he has honed over the years — giving his characters a conversational style neither pseudo-quaint nor jarringly contemporary. That works well. And for all his belief in the redemptive quality of liberal humanism, he makes sure not to endow his characters with excessively modern sensibilities. As for the occasional cliché — well, unless you’re Tolstoy, you’re not going to have the time or the ability to be original throughout your 1,000-page blockbuster. Ken Follett is no Tolstoy, but he is a tireless storyteller, and although his tale has flaws, it’s grippingly told, and readable to the end.
added by lophuels | editNew York Times, Roger Boylan (Sep 30, 2010)
 
Despite all this, "Fall of Giants" offers pleasures that more than compensate for its lack of literary finesse. Follett may not be Tolstoy, but he knows how to tell a compelling, well-constructed story. Once its basic elements are in place, the narrative acquires a cumulative, deceptively effortless momentum.
 
A lot happens on the first page of Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants.” King George V is crowned at Westminster Abbey. A Welsh boy named Billy Williams turns 13 and begins his wretched life as a coal miner. And Mr. Follett, who was once a Welsh boy himself but grew up to become his generation’s most vaunted writer of colorless historical epics, kicks off a whopping new trilogy. His apparent ambition: to span the whole 20th century in blandly adequate novels so fat that they’re hard to hoist.
 

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In 1911 verandert de wereld voorgoed. Arbeiders laten zich niet langer onderdrukken, vrouwen eisen hun rechten op, de rijke aristocratie kan haar macht niet langer handhaven. En overal fluisteren diplomaten elkaar woorden in die het lot van miljoenen mensen over de hele wereld zullen veranderen.Aan de vooravond van de Eerste Wereldoorlog proberen acht mensen hun weg in deze roerige wereld te vinden: Gus Dewar, rechterhand van de Amerikaanse president; Lev en Grigori Pesjkov, twee arme Russische broers op zoek naar een beter leven; mijnwerker Billy Williams en zijn ambitieuze zus Ethel, huishoudster van de vermogende graaf Fitzherbert; de vrijzinnige lady Maud en haar geliefde, de Duitse diplomaat Walter von Ulrich.Terwijl hun levens elkaar kruisen, dragen deze mensen ieder op hun eigen manier bij aan een titanenstrijd die zijn weerga niet kent… Met Val der titanen, het eerste deel in de Century-trilogie, staat Ken Follett garant voor levensechte personages, een feilloos historisch decor en een onvergetelijke leeservaring.
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A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man's world in the mining pits; an American law student rejected by love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House; 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.

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, Fall of Giants takes readers into the inextricably entangled fates of five families-and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again.

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Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

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