Winter of the World Online PDF by Ken Follett
Click Here to Download the Book Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as "sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks" (USA Today) and "grippingly told and readable to the end" (The New York Times Book Review). "If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall of Giants," said The Washington Post, "they should be well worth waiting for." Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, Welsh--enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
Reviews Let me start of by saying that I loved "Fall of Giants" (Book #1 in Ken Follett's Century Trilogy). I anticipated "Winter of the World" (Book #2) to be equally as wonderful. I'm happy to say, I was not disappointed! The “Fall of Giants” characters that I became so very fond of (or in some cases disliked immensely), reappear in this book. They are of course older and many have children of their own. Follett does a great job of reintroducing each person. He starts with a small introduction and then reviews bits and pieces of their past (just enough to jog your memory). After that, his focus slowly shifts to the next generation. The sequence of events take place in the early 1930’s and leads up to World War II and beyond. It is a historical fiction (and yes, I’ve said it before, it’s my favorite genre). Follett's writing style remains the same for this book. He switches back and forth from family to family and country to country. Eventually their stories become intertwined. There are huge “coincidences” throughout. Some readers may find this to be too unrealistic. Not me. Realistic or not, it makes for great story telling! "Winter of the World" is filled with many storylines and yes, I was happily engrossed in each one. I would find myself caught up in one scenario when, at the drop of a hat (Follett's hat, that is), he would switch to another. Without missing a beat, he would have me absorbed in that one as well. The characters are all wonderful. My favorites being Carla von Ulrich and Werner Franck. Lloyd Williams is also quite extraordinary. All of them, so strong, determined and heroic in the face of horrific happenings. There was never a time that I found myself bored. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover (all 940 pages of it)! I rated "Winter of the World" five stars. It, without a doubt, qualifies for my huggable book list! You're amazing Ken Follett!
Great Book. Highly recommend this book. Here is a review I did on this book:
Winter of the World by Ken Follett is the second of the century trilogy; the first being the Fall of Giants. As is expected from Follett's works, Winter of the World is another masterpiece picking up exactly where the first book ended. Well written and thoroughly researched, it is not hard to imagine this book as a mini-TV series or a movie. The books covers a swath of history and includes major events such as the rise of Hitler and Fascism in Europe, the fire at the Reichstag, the Spanish civil war, the Normandy battles, Pearl Harbour, the creation of the atomic bomb, Hiroshima, the cold war, the fearsome and daring manoeuvres of spying, the creation of the League of Nations (referred today as the United Nations), the Churchill-Roosevelt Atlantic Charter, and more. Winter of the World continues the story line of the same five families - Russian, American, German, British, and Welch - which Follett created in the first book. The next generation of the families are now living in a world full of upheaval and a gracious amount of terror, fear, and racial/class prejudices. Set against this backdrop, the reader is deliciously ensnared/entrapped into the lives of these families across the continents. You root for some; you despise others, and you are carried along vicariously from one situation to another. The book contains many short chapters and each chapter connects the reader to the lives of one family; the reader shuttles back and forth from one family to another. In Follett's inimitable style, the last sentence of each chapter reads like a mini curtain down. It leaves the reader wanting to know what's next - this makes the book more interesting, lively, and hard to put down. Without ruining the book for those who have not yet read it, here are a few of my favourite characters: Daisy is the daughter of the Russian American, Lev Peshov and the wealthy American, Olga. Despite the massive amount of money she has (her father made his wealth during Prohibition and from his many successful business ventures in the entertainment industry), Daisy feels the snobbery of the Buffalo elite class and the stigma of her father's so called gangster background. Humiliated at the Buffalo Yacht Club and let down by the guy whom she had hoped to marry and restore social standing in the Buffalo Ladies Society, Daisy blurted: "To hell with you all... I'm going to London to dance with the king!" And indeed, she did. The reader follows Daisy through her young years when her focus was on smart clothes, parties, and social standing, to the maturity she developed through her life's experiences of war and love. And, there is Carla. Carla is the daughter of Maud - the renounced sister of British Earl Fitzherbert - and Walter von Ulrich - brave and decorated German officer from World War 1(he played a major role in the 1st book at the Somme and other battle areas) with a respectable German lineage. Maud and Walter are politically affiliated to the Social Democrats and are happily in love raising their two children Carla & Erik in Berlin. Their lives were forever altered by the changing political climate in Germany. Carla faced untold hardship; she was extremely brave in terrifying situations. Like Daisy, the reader follows her through her childhood all the way to the gangrape she endured at the hands of the Red Army when Germany was defeated and to her role when Germany was to be divided. The male characters were just as interesting and it was fascinating to read about the British-LLoyd Williams and Boy Fitzherbert, the German Erik von Ulrich, Heinrich, and Werner, the American Chuck and Woody Dewar, and the Russian Grigori and Vladimir (aka Volodya) Peshkov. Their lives intersect in intriguing ways. At 940 pages, this is a hefty read and well worth it. Winter of the World is historic fiction and Follett was able to skillfully weave this complex story through the many historic events alluded to earlier. I found the story riveting and would rate this book 4.5 out of 5. I can't wait for what is to be Follett's last (Edge of Eternity due out in 2014 and featuring the next generation during the Cold War) in the trilogy series. Enjoy.
Even better than Fall Of Giants, it's prequel. I found that Fall of Giants got very caught up in the details of military maneuvers, something that doesn't especially interest me (nor can I always comprehend!) But Winter Of The World, even though it took us thru WWII across Europe, Russia and the States, didn't dwell as much on the minutia of battle and war strategy. I learned so much about WWII, things that I had forgotten from my school days, and even things I never learned (particularly the Russian perspective). The cast of characters is so extensive that I often found myself having to stop and remind myself who was who, related to whom, etc. (moreso than I remember doing in Fall Of Giants). But I loved how I was instantly able to connect with the original characters again from the very first page. It felt like I'd just closed Fall Of Giants and instantly cracked open Winter Of The World. Now I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment!
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