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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (16 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230710166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230710160
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 6.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (936 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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In the ambitious, commanding capstone to his multigenerational Century trilogy (after Winter of the World), Follett expertly chronicles the pivotal events of the closing decades of the 20th century through the eyes of a vast array of deftly-drawn characters . . . This mesmerizing final installment is an exhaustive but rewarding reading experience dense in thematic heft, yet flowing with spicy, expertly paced melodrama, character-rich exploits, familial histrionics, and international intrigue (Publishers Weekly)

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The epic final volume in the Century trilogy

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darius on 11 Nov. 2014
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The first two parts of the trilogy were possibly more dramatic due to the scale of the main events in that period, namely, two world wars. However, the third instalment is just as interesting and thrilling to read. It is a period I can relate to as it coincides with my younger days. And therefore brought back many memories to me and thoughts on how I was reacting to the various events breaking at the time. I did find some of the events described, dragged on a bit, the Cuban missile crisis and the Civil Rights campaign, to name a couple, But perhaps this was intentional to attract the American readers. I also felt that the sexual affairs of many characters were overemphasised, I suppose sex and money are the two most important motivators for careerminded people, which most of the characters appear to be. Nevertheless, the book still deserves a top 5 star rating because the author has ideally matched up the fictional characters located in different parts of the world to real historic events. Perhaps one missing element was to have an evil character among the fictional families, they all turned out to be heroic in their own right. I would have liked to have read more details about the Vietnam War. This topic was almost brushed aside in the story, a shame as it would reveal great action and drama. The book as indeed the whole trilogy, is a masterpiece, in my opinion. And I hope the author returns soon with another smash hit, perhaps set against a historical genre, which Ken Follett is so good at bringing into life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Says on 20 Oct. 2014
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The century trilogy is a brilliant idea, and the first book `Fall of Giants' is a good read, the second (Winter of the World) is also pretty good but when it comes to the third, (Edge of Eternity) it is wearing very thin, with a pretty formulaic approach to the story. Dealing with world events through the experiences of ordinary people is one thing but by the time you get to the third volume one gets the impression of reading the artificially constructed lives of minor but active players in the big geopolitical events of the second half of the 20th century. Descriptions of the sexual interactions between characters becomes quite frankly boring halfway through volume 2, and by the time you get to volume 3 their only value is to enable `speed-reading', i.e. skipping through them to get to the next interesting bit! (one Amazon reviewer complained that the whole trilogy was `smut'). The whole trilogy was a decent `holiday read' but not a patch on the author's `Pillars of the Earth' /'World Without End' mediaeval stories. Whilst it follows a similar formula unfortunately some events (particularly in the third volume) are sufficiently in living memory of potential readers for it not to work as convincingly.Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ms Sherry L Croft on 21 Oct. 2014
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I am not going to write a long essay about this trilogy, I never read those I will say that if you like historical accuracy, political intrigue, family drama then this is the set of books for you. This brilliantly written and engaging story follows the fortunes of the main families from the Russian reveloution,the British class system through the WW1, bringing political change in women's rights and workers freedom to WW2 bringing innovation,Nazism and the cold war. We follow the fortunes of the families on 3 continents fighting against communism, women's suffrage,the civil rights and the brink of nuclear destruction. Finally bringing us to the fall of communism and the election of the first African American president of the United States. The author engages the reader with family members,the character's are believable and you want to know what happens to them. The historical content is brilliant and the descriptions of manor battles and political crises have taught me to understand how these historic events came about. I enjoyed every page and would highly recommend you put the kettle on and settle down a good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Saunders on 1 Mar. 2015
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I am a 60 year old white British male. I am lucky. Anyone who thinks otherwise should read this book. It is the background to my life. Ok so it is not a complete history of the 20th century, maybe some of the incidents are fictionalized a bit to much and maybe it is not a literary masterpiece.

But what it is is a damned fine tale of a number of families all set against the background of some very real and disturbing events. As a final part of the Century Trilogy it is a fitting addition. Ok so it is full of huge and unlikely coincidences that place the central set of families right at the heart of mammoth events in history. But at the end of the day it is simply a tale not a full chronically of our times.

However I am surprised that there are quite a few gaps in the story that may have been included if there had been less emphasis on some other areas. Why no mention of AIDS. In a rock and roll and Hollywood context this certainly existed yet not touched upon. The absence of any British foreign policy mistakes even though British politicians are key characters. Did the miners strike not take place, did the Falklands not happen, where does the Arab Israili conflict fit into all of this.

Perhaps I am looking too deep or expecting too much. At the end of the day it is just a story about some families - or is it. Maybe a passing reference to the band playing at Woodstock or Glastonbury might have worked.

All of these are minor points. I have enjoyed the trilogy for what it was. A story of good verses evil where good does not defeat bad but where bad - I whatever guise you like - defeats itself.
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