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Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy (original 2010; edition 2011)

by Ken Follett

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Title:Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy
Authors:Ken Follett
Info:NAL Trade (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 1000 pages
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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (2010)

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I seemed to have settled into historical fiction being one of my favorite genres and this book was a page turner for me. Set in the WW1 era, it tells the story of several families of different nationalities and how their lives converge.

This is Book One of the Century Trilogy and have books two (Winter of the World) and three (pre-ordered for September delivery) queued up. ( )
  azrowan | Jun 25, 2014 |
I found myself flying through this book too quickly. My book club doesn't meet to discuss it until this coming Monday, and I was at risk of finishing it at Christmas time. So I put it on hold for a slimmer book to take on my plane rides for the holiday.

When I came back to the book with about 300 pages left, I found that I'd lost momentum, but I think that's more my fault than Follett's.

I was never much of a history student. If my textbooks had as much sex in them as Follett injects into his characters in Europe during World War I, I might have felt differently.

He puts the war and its lead-up in perspective, from the points of view of Brits, Germans, Americans and Russians. Perhaps the latter half gets more bogged down in the technicalities of the war, and that's why I lost momentum, but it's still a very exciting book with an intriguing cast of characters.

I'm looking forward to part 2, to see what happens to these characters during the second world war.
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  keneumey | Jun 4, 2014 |
WWI is a little fuzzy in my knowledge of World History. We hear lots of stories and see lots of movies about WWII, but the Great War is not as popular. Sure we know that it started with the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, but why specific countries chose which side seems to have escaped my memory banks. Well, if you want to learn in an entertaining way the history of WWI, then READ THIS BOOK. The stories of several families is covered in this epic, ranging from Russian peasants to British nobility. I loved seeing history through a wide variety of eyes, especially with the diversity in social status as well as nationality. You see battles in France from the eyes of Walter, a German officer, as well as Billy, a young Welsh miner. I was surprised by the complexity of the alliances between different countries. The reasons different nations entered the war wasn’t obvious, and it was interesting to see the division even within countries on whether or not they should enter the war. And like so many good novels about war, the absurdity of armed conflict is demonstrated again and again, in loss of lives, in destruction of property, and the scar on land and families that lasts for decades. A strong story with an excellent dose of history. ( )
  jmoncton | May 3, 2014 |
At 850 pages, the kind of book that could convert even the most ardent fan of print-on-paper to succumb to the delights or otherwise of e-books. Follett impresses with his ability to take the reader inside the lives of so many and such disparate people and families and keep one turning the pages despite the some deeply unlikely (but also predictable) events that bring them together and force them apart. A good read. ( )
  NaggedMan | Apr 21, 2014 |
2010, Penguin Audio, Read by John Lee

Follett endeared himself to me with Pillars of the Earth, followed by World Without End. This one is another sweeping historical saga set in Europe and North America in the twentieth century, encompassing World War I and the Russian Revolutions. Characters serve the plot, as I’ve come to expect from Follett, and appear in a myriad of interesting roles: aristocrats, coal miners, fallen women, soldiers, diplomats, and politicians. Among them: miner Billy Williams and his sister, Ethel, a woman’s suffragist; German officer Walter von Ulrich; Lord Fitzherbert and his rebellious sister, Maude; and the Peshkov brothers. This is the second of Follett’s epic tales I’ve heard narrated by John Lee, who is excellent. ( )
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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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On the day King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London, Billy Williams went down the pit in Aberowen, South Wales.
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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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