Winter of the World

Winter of the World

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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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LovieBooker
Mar 20, 2017

I've been reading Ken Follett since "Eye of the Needle." While "Fall of Giants" kept me eagerly burning the midnight oil in page-turning delight, this one had much that came across as filler in an attempt to match the epic 985 pages of "Fall of Giants," rather than add to the storyline. And, purposely writing his characters into historical fact seemed contrived and a little self-indulgent. Having said that, it is Ken Follett, so perhaps he's entitled. And, someone less knowledgeable about World War II might not even notice. As it is, it will take me a while to build up the interest to tackle the final installment of the trilogy. But, you can bet that is exactly what I'll do. Because, it is Ken Follett.

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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.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

I can't wait to start the third one. There is a rare sophistication to Ken Follett's Century Trilogy that draws you in and gently rolls you through the lives of generation after generation of dynamic and varied characters during a shocking part of our recent past. Historical fiction doesn't get better than this.

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missm113
May 06, 2016

Simply amazing.

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

#2 of 3

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Kordoll
Oct 13, 2014

This book 2 of the series is just as good as book 1. This series is incredible. I have learned so much about the World Wars, politics in the 1900's, and culture through this wonderful story and rich cast of characters. I can't imagine learning more history in a more enjoyable way than this series. Truly amazing.

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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