Winter of the World

Winter of the World

Book - 2012
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This novel continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century, during which they witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the horrors of World War II. It picks up right where the first book left off, and continues up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.. American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism. Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war, but the war to come. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever increasing complexity.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2012
ISBN: 9780525952923
0525952926
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOLLETT KEN
Characteristics: xiii, 940 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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LorenJones
Jan 13, 2017

The Century Trilogy - By Ken Follett
This historical epic follows five interrelated families through the First World War, the Russian Revolution, World War two, the cold war, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. A great story, with an almost Dickensian list of memorable characters who’s complex lives and generations unfold over many decades. Not since The Pillars of the Earth has Ken Follett written an historical novel of this magnitude and quality. A wonderful story. After finishing the trilogy I wrote to Follett, telling him that the only thing wrong with it was that it ended. He wrote me back a nice thank you note.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jan 03, 2017

More of old horndog Follet's soft porn(directed toward women who love that crap: who read Fifty Shades of Gray? Not one man--maybe a fag or two). Soft porn and political correctness, Follet's melieu: Greg loves the black whore; Woody's brother Chuck is a fag,"at least he's not a Republican." Follet is a true second-rate author.

Some fag tagged this as offensive; well sucking the pole is offensive to me, or muff-diving if it was some big fat disgusting lesbo.

M_ALCOTT May 08, 2015

Winter of the World is the second installment in Ken Follett's "The Century Trilogy". It follows the same five families(Welsh, English, German, Russian, and American), which were introduced to readers in The Fall of Giants. The novel is just as interesting and well written as the first in the trilogy. And coincidentally, today, May 8th, is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, which marked the end of World War II in Europe.

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dvalkenaar
Dec 22, 2014

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ehbooklover Aug 31, 2014

The second installment in Follett’s Century trilogy, this book follows the lives of the children of the characters that the reader met in “The Fall of Giants” and focuses on the events occurring during the time period of 1933 to 1949. Lots of great characters (the list provided at the front of the book is definitely helpful) from all different walks of life tell the story of WWII from the point of view of Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US. An epic, fascinating and disturbing read that I couldn’t put down for any length of time. I look forward to the final title in this series.

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dinkthecat
Aug 27, 2014

I am plowing through just to see the end but . . . boy, he is so heavy-handed with dialogue and has very little understanding of 1930's social mores (little things like, black was worn only by women well over 30; dating between a white man (of upper/wealthy class) and a black woman in 1930's NY was out of the question). His characters are so shallow, it is depressing.

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zipread
Aug 07, 2014

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Follet is an accomplished author who uses words the way a painer uses oils. The finished canvas is amazing. This book is the second part of a trilogy that takes us from post-WW I England and Germany to the aftermath of the second World War. Suffering, displacement, and trauma are the order of the day. Communism, fascism, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill change the world in ways unimaginable only a few years before. Once you start, you can’t put this book down. Poignant, engaging, riveting. You’ve got to read it.

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lindsayrdew
Apr 29, 2014

Just bad writing.

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carlosgil
Jan 08, 2014

This volume offers the reader a wide-screen panoramic view of World War II. Follet’s bible-length novel narrates the stories of a handful of men and women and their families in four different countries spanning the world struggle from 1933 to 1945.

The author offers a personalized, easy to read understanding of how the war began and how it ended, conveniently placing key characters in situations that shed a spotlight on key junctions in the conflict. In this way, we become aware of the early and sinister and disturbing actions taken by Hitler and his Nazis agents against Jews in Berlin in 1933, the frustration and fears of the English protagonists when Neville Chamberlain looked the other way when Hitler ripped into Czechoslovakia, the conflicting feelings about America building an atomic bomb and then letting it loose on Japan, and so on.

Even though I stumbled to keep the multiplicity of characters straight, still, Winter of the World merits my praise because reading it provides a memorable introduction to this critical period in world history. I definitely sympathized with most of the personalities presented in this many-sided tale. I hope young Americans read it.

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Eadam55
Oct 05, 2013

Not as good as the first in the series, but still held my interest. Delved into the behind the scenes political and historical background about WW11. A fair amount of which I personally did not know.

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