Fall of Giants Paperback – 3 Jun 2011
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‘An epic saga on a grand scale. Spiked with romance and intrigue . . . This involving historical saga is the perfect read for long winter evenings’ Choice
‘Like Follett’s classic novel, Pillars of the Earth, it quickly becomes a guilty pleasure’ Daily Telegraph
‘Perhaps no British author better illustrates the forces at work in international publishing than can give birth to, and then grow, a global brand . . . If such books deliver the simple pleasures of escape, maybe they hold up a distant mirror to their readers too’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent
‘An extraordinary achievement’ A.N. Wilson, Reader’s Digest
‘This is hi-octane storytelling all the more powerful because the story it tells is, mostly, true. Follett’s command of the vast forces he unleashes is as impressive as the battle strategies of his generals, and in many cases more so . . . overall Follett is masterly in conveying so much drama and historical information so vividly’ Scotsman
‘Follett has managed to write an accessible and fascinating page turner that leaves the reader wanting more, at the same time as staying true to history’ Sunday Business Post
‘He’s pulled it off again with Fall of Giants: it’s classic Follett with the brewing cataclysm of war given a human angle’ Sunday Express
‘Few works set out with such a grand concept as Ken Follett’s new Century trilogy, but part one suggests that the series will be one of the literary masterpieces of our time . . . while grand events and themes are at the core of the novel, it is the richness of the characters and the intertwining of their often disparate stories that steal the show’ Sunday Times
‘The master storyteller Ken Follett knits together British, American, German and Russian points of view from the start to the end of the First World War into a fascinating and remarkably fertile tapestry of society and politics’ The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
'Like Follett’s classic novel, Pillars of the Earth, it quickly becomes a guilty pleasure.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Perhaps no British author better illustrates the forces at work in international publishing than can give birth to, and then grow, a global brand ... If such books deliver the simple pleasures of escape, maybe they hold up a distant mirror to their readers too.' (The Independent)
'The master storyteller Ken Follett knits together British, American, German and Russian points of view from the start to the end of the First World War into a fascinating and remarkably fertile tapestry of society and politics.' (The Times) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are some good characters here. As always, Follett brings a collection of strong minded women - and they work better in the 1910s than they did in some of his medieval novels, which have at times been criticised for depicting women with just too much independence to be historically accurate. He covers an impressive range of different nationalities, although all of his characters are intelligent and to some degree politically minded, even those who start out at the lower end of the social scale. The novel is well paced, and covers a wide time span without feeling scrappy.Read more ›
Set alongside this chronological view are the tangled lives of nearly a hundred characters but don't worry this story-weaver has at the front of this book given us a cast list of the characters involved, a whole six pages.
This tale begins in 1911 when the giants of the title, the crowned heads of Europe, are powerfully established in their palaces, when it ends in 1924 they are all gone except King George V of Britain.
Between the years of 1911 and 1924 we have the various upheavals that were to restructure the world, the world that my great grandparents and grandparents knew.
Offered with plenty of possibility for action by these somewhat turbulent times Ken Follett takes full advantage of this occasion to weave a story that must surely touch the lives of each and every reader.
Apart from the destinies of the reigning crowned heads of Europe we follow the entangled destinies of five families, in Wales, England, Germany, Russia, and America.
Ken Follett has a thorough understanding of the history of this period and his skill to incorporate his research and his fictional characters into an animated, appealing story is masterful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave this book a 5 star rating because it wove together a large number of individual stories of lives affected by the onset of war and its immediate consequences, into a very... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mr. Paul G. Taylor
A wonderful read but too much explicate sex. Almost pornographic in places.
It reminded me of a funny comedian who spoils his act by coming out with f and b words every other... Read more
Brilliant. If you liked Pillars of the Earth etc...just get this one.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book. So interesting to see the war from different perspectives. Especially Russia. Really made me want to read more on the subject of the First World War and the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mrs. Caroline L. Bowers
Wonderful read that gives enough detail of the historical backgroundPublished 18 days ago by Mark Coyne
This is a superb book, describing in fascinating detail and ingenious use of diverse characters the story of the First World War . Spell binding. Read morePublished 28 days ago by R Passmore