Fall Of Giants

Ken Follett s World Without End was a global phenomenon, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics Now his magnificent new historical epic begins with Fall of Giants, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women s suffrage.A thirteen year old Welsh boy enters a man sKen Follett s World Without End was a global phenomenon, beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics Now his magnificent new historical epic begins with Fall of Giants, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the struggle for women s suffrage.A thirteen year old Welsh boy enters a man s world in the mining pits An American law student rejected in 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 us 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 About The AuthorKen Follett was twenty seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award winning thriller that became an international bestseller After several successful thrillers, he surprised everyone with The Pillars of the Earth, about the building of a cathedral in the Middle Ages The Pillars of the Earth continues to captivate readers all over the world His last book was the long awaited sequel, World Without End, a number one bestseller in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.He lives in England with his wife, Barbara Follett.
Fall Of Giants Ken Follett s World Without End was a global phenomenon beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics Now his magnificent new historical epic begins with Fall of Giants as five interrelate

  • Title: Fall Of Giants
  • Author: Ken Follett
  • ISBN: 9780451233943
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Fall Of Giants”

    1. It's a little disappointing that people are rating this book on out of protest of its price. It's low rating does not give the book the recognition it deserves. This is my first Ken Follett novel, and I am hooked. I've read where some people have not been that interested in the subject matter of Fall of Giants and prefer the Middle Ages. I'm fascinated with 20th Century history, so this is right down my alley.This novel covers the years of WWI and the Russian Revolution and follows 5 families. [...]

    2. ينصحني أبي دائما أن من يقرأ الجغرافيا،التاريخ والأحداث السياسية هو مثقفا بحقفماذا عن رواية تمزج بين الجغرافيا السياسية واﻷحداث التاريخية مع دراما متميزة وشخصيات متعددة ثلاثية القرن العشرين لكين فوليت ثلاثية ضخمة اﻷحداث والدراما ،صراعات الدول وثوراتها وحروبهالوردات بري [...]

    3. One of the early reviews I read stated that this book lacked one of Follett's infamous villains. I disagree. The ultimate villain in this enormous book is clearly war and perhaps the arrogance of world leaders. I've always had a difficult time understanding the why surrounding World War 1 and this book helps put it in perspective (even if it is fiction). I remember learning in history class that the US got involved because the Germans torpedoed the Lusitania. And it did play a part, but that hap [...]

    4. Do not say that I don't like historical fiction - because I do. Do not even say I don't like Follett - because I rather do. In fact, this highly praised - and very thick - volume I'd been anticipating eagerly, both because I had pleasant memories from The Pillars of the Earth and because currently I am rather WWI mad; I read Tuchman's classic works, Maddox Ford, not to mention Hemingway and Remarque, because I am fascinated by the subject.So what in the world went wrong with this book?This story [...]

    5. This book is utter trash. Is that too harsh? Let me rephrase. This book is a steaming pile of garbage. Still a bit mean? It doesn’t matter. Ken Follett does not care. His editor and publisher do not care. His accountant certainly is indifferent to this complaint. It’s not that Ken Follett is critic proof, because that implies that he achieves astronomical sales figures despite scathing reviews. That’s not the case. Rather, he achieves those astronomical sales with the apathetic approbation [...]

    6. The story was enjoyable enough and certainly kept me entertained for a couple of days. The recreation of the early 20th Century was very vivid, and I was impressed by how well Follett applied his considerable skills in this respect to a variety of nations and social classes. To cover so many years in any decent amount of depth was a great challenge, to which Follett rises well. The story was fast-paced and the build-up to the War was particularly well managed. The particularly notable aspect of [...]

    7. Ken Follet’s style quickly engrossed me into the characters and their lives. The book follows the lives of several families in the events that led up to the First World War and the crisis afterwards. We see it from the perspective of an English Noblemen, an English working class family, a pair of Russian brothers, a German with strong prospects in government and an undersecretary working for the Wilson administration. Through this we get a multi-dimensional view of the war.A complete picture o [...]

    8. 5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating epic tale!, August 5, 2010 This review is from: Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) (Hardcover) Customer review from the Vine™ Program (What's this?) This is a fantastic epic, the first in a planned trilogy by the author of The Pillars of the Earth (now a miniseries) and World Without End. I simply raced through the pages, unable to put this book down even though it was a hefty nearly 1000 pages. The story moves seamlessly and logically, starting in 1911 and en [...]

    9. At 985 pages, Fall of the Giants is a massive tome and the first book in The Century Trilogy, follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.These characters find their lives inextricably entangled in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersbu [...]

    10. I have loved just about everything Ken Follett has written, but I think this one fell short of his usual standard. Most of his novels grab you from the beginning, with fully-drawn characters and gripping plot lines. I wasn't even done with the second chapter before I began to wonder if I was even going to like this. I think he may have tried to accomplish too much with this story. There were so many characters with so much going on in their lives. There was not enough time to give more than a gl [...]

    11. Ένα εκπληκτικό πέρασμα σε μια από τις πιο σημαντικές δεκαετίες του ταραχώδη 20ου αιώνα. Γραμμένο με ευλαβική προσήλωση στην ακρίβεια των ιστορικών αναφορών και ταυτόχρονα με διασκεδαστική δράση. Οι ήρωες είναι πολλοί, Άγγλοι ευγενείς και Άγγλοι ανθρακωρύχοι, ένας Γερμανός [...]

    12. Antes de se começar a ler, o tamanho do livro pode ser assustador (930 páginas), mas depois adora-se! Pessoalmente, se tivesse outras tantas páginas teria continuado a ler com o mesmo prazer! A escrita é extraordinária, a história fantástica Liga de forma soberba realidade e ficção. Dá-nos uma lição de História sobre o início do Séc. XX que, sem ser demasiado aprofundada (para isso existem os livros especializados), nos dá o suficiente para que possamos entender melhor uma época [...]

    13. Esta foi a minha estreia nos livros de Ken Follett. E foi uma excelente estreia! Adorei o tema, a escrita, os personagens A única coisa que tenha a dizer é que de facto é um livro muito, muito grande, difícil de transportar e até de ler, pelas suas dimensões. Compreendo que o autor tenha querido pormenorizar o mais possivel a história e não senti que fosse demais, mais por favor, quando for assim dividam o livro em 2 volumes Recomendo a leitura, sem duvida e espero ansiosamente a leitura [...]

    14. Definitely my favourite WWI history novel I have read thus far. Beautifully captures the troubles of WWI on all spectrums, not just politically or on the battlefield.

    15. Fall of Giants is a door stopper, one of those books that makes me glad I have an e-reader for the sake of my wrists. At close to 1000 pages, it's long, and at times it feels like it. The first time I tried to read it, I didn't have the patience, but this time, I settled in for the long haul, determined to give it some time. That patience made all the difference. This is an astounding historical epic. It takes the events leading up to World War I and the Russian Revolution and fills them with ch [...]

    16. The first of a promised trilogy. Focus is on the early 1900s detailing a vast array of characters affected by the coming Great War (WWI) which helps along the process of women's suffrage, trade unions, topples nobility and the rise of the Bolsheviks in Mother Russia. WWI focus is less on the battles and more on the suffering. The very end of this 1000 page tale shows the aftermath of the war and the ominous foreboding of another World War to come. TRIVIA: Woodrow Wilson was the first president t [...]

    17. My teens was when I first and I think last read Ken Follett. I wasn't really impressed then with his books, despite those books being touted as some of his best works ever. Well, goes to show how different individual liking can be. So, when I chose to read this book, it was more for the subject than the author, although I had heard a lot of good things about the way the author had written the book etc. Nevertheless, I was sceptical and wasn't really expecting anything better than an average read [...]

    18. First and foremost, happy 2015! What a novel to begin a new year reading and absorbing!After being highly impressed with the Pillars series created by Follett, I hoped to find as much depth and development in the Century Trilogy.The premise, following the fates of five interrelated families against a backdrop of world events is brilliant in its imagining and stellar in its delivery. The reader is introduced to Billy Williams early in the novel, as he enters the Welsh mining pits. His family acts [...]

    19. Ken Follett is a spellbinding storyteller. You can count on him to create a complex plot around an almost dizzying array of characters with a vast range of character traits from scoundrels to nobly inspiring as well as throwing in real historical figures. I listened to his Century Trilogy last year and was thoroughly caught up in both the history and the often times soap opera of the many characters lives. I never really count listening to audio books as reading, but I probably need to revise my [...]

    20. Meh. I love Ken Follett. Seriously, has a better epic period novel been written than Pillars of the Earth? I even like his other more basic stuff like Whiteout and A Dangerous Fortune. Sure they are simple beach novels but they are good reads. Fall of Giants seems like it can't decide if it wants to be the beach novel or the epic period novel. So the result is flat characters, a listless storyline, and rocket paced love affairs. This is Grey's Anatomy meets World War I, without the hospital. Jus [...]

    21. This first novel in the Century trilogy is truly excellent, and it lays a magnificent foundation for what I hope are equally impressive parts two and three. There is striking development in all the major characters as they move through two decades in the early twentieth century. Follett meshes his skills as a thriller writer with his even greater talents in historical fiction, so that this massive book, with its interrelating families from America, Britain, Germany, and Russia, is much like a pa [...]

    22. Ein grandioses historisches Meisterwerk über die Zeit des ersten Weltkriegs ❤️ Absolut faszinierend und fesseln ❤️❤️❤️Die Geschichte startet kurz vor dem ersten Weltkrieg und man folgt den verschieden Personen unterschiedlicher Nationen durch diese Zeit und ich bin begeistert, dass es Ken Follett geschafft hat, dass es zu keinem Zeitpunkt langweilig wurde. Es war einfach genial wie er es geschafft hat Geschichte einem so nahe zu bringen.Man weiß ja eigentlich was geschichtlich [...]

    23. Há cinco meses que carrego os Gigantes. Cheguei a meio e estou a cair de esgotamento. Preciso descansar. Mas prometo que no dia em que festejar o meu centésimo aniversário, recomeço a ler a Trilogia do Século. As conversas dos senhores da guerra aborrecem-me;as descrições das batalhas fazem-me sono; as partes romanceadas emocionam-me menos do que ler a bula dos antibióticos - pois com essa até posso assustar-me imaginando as consequências das contra-indicações.Reconheço-lhe valor pe [...]

    24. I didn't realize I'd end up finishing the book in less than a week but yeah, it's that readable and engrossing and entertaining that I couldn't put it down. So much of the events of WWI have become clearer to me now. (For the longest time, as far as I was concerned, World War I was just a collective term for that war in Europe, and even as I was aware of its impact, it never occurred to me that this was a major turning point in the history of most European countries and the United States, maybe [...]

    25. 4,5 starsUma trilogia, um retrato de um século. O primeiro volume da trilogia "O Século" intitulado A Queda dos Gigantes, inicia um ciclo que pretende retratar a vida, o quotidiano, as diferentes realidades, as tristezas, os sucessos e as alegrias do século XX, uma das épocas mais importantes a nível mundial. Neste primeiro volume, começamos a viagem em 1911 e acabamos em 1925. Ou seja, vamos viajar até à Europa nos anos em que a Primeira Guerra Mundial grassou um pouco por todo o territ [...]

    26. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I can't really say what kept me from picking up this behemoth when it came out, but Ken Follett's Fall of Giants never demanded my immediate attention. I stumbled over it here and there, but it wasn't until I saw the audio edition available for check out through Overdrive that I really considered tackling the title.I wont lie, Fall of Giants is long, the story lines are unbalanced, the cast is unusually large, the characterizations are not com [...]

    27. Num livro tão grande teria que encontrar forçosamente, coisas boas e coisas menos boas.Leio Ken Follet há tanto tempo que posso dizer que tenho acompanhado o evoluir da obra do autor; desde os policiais até aos romances históricos, sendo esta trilogia O Século, a sua aventura mais ambiciosa.Escrever um livro desta dimensão, com uma vertente histórica explorada ao máximo, sem descorar pormenores e com todo o rigor, foi com certeza uma tarefa hercúlea. Sabe-se que tem uma grande equipa n [...]

    28. A disappointment. I was so taken with The Pillars of the Earth, I really looked forward to this book. However, this has a real paint-by-numbers feel and while reading it was a notch above reading my high school history tomes, it wasn't by much. It was sort of interesting to have characters inserted into World War I events (pre- and a tiny bit post-), but it still felt like plodding through a textbook. And the Russian Revolution. Sheesh. What a bunch of ideological/philosophical claptrap it remin [...]

    29. The Fall of Giants takes place between the years 1914 and 1924 and is the first in a trilogy that supposedly will cover most of last century. As with most Ken Follett books, the characters are engaging and well drawn out, though his pacing is a bit off. The story follows 5 families in England, Germany, Russia, and America as the old world begins its death throws in the violence of WWI. One of the dangers with epic stories like this is that inevitably the reader gets drawn to one story line more [...]

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