- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 18 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525952923
- ISBN-13: 978-0525952923
- ASIN: 0525952926
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.7 x 24.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 209 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy Hardcover – Sep 18 2012
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"Some of the biggest-picture fiction being written today." —The Seattle Times
"A consistently compelling portrait of a world in crisis." —The Washington Post
"Masterfully sweeping. . . . Political intrigue, amorous episodes, suspense, and drama. History comes to life." —The Louisville Courier-Journal
"[Follett] is so good at plotting a story, even one that takes on such a complex topic such as the World War II era. That's what makes Winter of the World so hard to put down. You want to know what happens next." —The Associated Press
"An entertaining historical soap opera." —Kirkus Reviews
"Gripping . . . powerful." —The New York Times
"This book is truly epic . . . The reader will probably wish there was a thousand more pages." —The Huffington Post
About the Author
Ken Follett burst into the book world with Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth and its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett’s new, magnificent historical epic, the Century Trilogy, includes the bestselling Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, and Edge of Eternity. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara.See all Product description
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Follett starts Winter of the World with the rise of Nazi Germany and concludes twenty six years later in 1949, with World War II wrapped up and the beginning of the Cold War. Readers are eased into the era with characters - or their progeny - from book one, plus some new characters to fit the age (nuclear physicists, for example). For those who have read the first book, Fall of Giants, this second volume will be a bit richer, as characters from the earlier book come with both a past and plenty of surprise developments. No doubt those born in this book will emerge as characters in the trilogy’s third volume, and those who graduate to the third will encounter their own surprises.
As with the first book, the plot unfolds chronologically, which makes the vast expanse of the action easy to follow, if somewhat predictable. When characters find themselves in Hawaii in early December 1941, it’s not hard to imagine that Pearl Harbour will commence a few pages later. What we do not know, however, is the impact the event will have on the characters, and how this in turn will drive the plot and themes forward.
Both a strength and weakness of Winter of the World is its massive scope. At times the plot seems forced, with world events connected repeatedly by the book’s characters; a device used to advance most novels, but stretched to such a scale and over such a long time period, and so often, it seems, well, a stretch.
Fortunately, Follett has researched the facts well, and the result is much more than just a pastiche of historical events, as he manages to weave broader social themes such as homosexuality, mixed race marriage, children out of wedlock, communism versus capitalism, women’s rights, social stratification and other themes into the story.
At times, Follett’s writing is clichéd - “Most physicists were geeks but Oppie, like Greg himself, was an exception: tall, handsome, charming, and a real lady-killer.” - but it does not detract from the book’s enjoyment. Follett inserts occasional humour too, for example when he writes “the man in charge was called the returning officer, as if he had been away for a while.”
Fans of Follett and of historical fiction will enjoy Winter of the World.
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