Winter of the World

The Century Trilogy #2

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Winter of the World


Ken Follett

Uitgever: Macmillan Publishers Ltd

  • Engelstalig
  • 832 pagina's
  • Unabridged
  • 9780230710108
  • september 2012
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Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-twentieth century.

Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism. He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence.

The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.

At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists.

Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.

Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett’s uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy 'The Century'. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.

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    Geeft goed beeld van historische gebeurtenissen.
    Onderdeel van trilogie met gebruikelijke Ken Follett kwaliteit.
    I really enjoied it!

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    Heb net de hele Century-trilogy verslonden en heb er van genoten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enige 'nadeel' is het gevoel van ontreddering als het verhaal uit is :-)

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    I have read several Ken Follett novels and enjoyed them all, including the first in this series, Fall of Giants. I learned a lot about World War I from that first book. Having always been interested in the 2nd World War era, I had been eager to read the 2nd book. The 2 things of most interest to me are the Holocaust, because I think it is important that we study these things so we recognize and can prevent it from happening again, and the Battle of the Bulge, because my uncle was wounded, most likely in that battle and he never talked about the war that haunted him. I want to learn about what he did, what he lived, how he survived. It was one of the biggest battles of the war.
    Now, in a 900 page book that is supposed to be a fictional account of World War II, one would expect that all the MAJOR events and aspects would be covered. I realize it's complex. I realize that there are many other novels out there about the Holocaust, so I know it's been covered. But you can't have a full and accurate account without the most important events. It would be like the Bible just kind of glossing over Jesus' rising from the dead. Yes, everyone already knows it happened, but it's a major event that can't just be left out.
    I really liked the first part of the book, where it showed the beginning...the Fascists taking over, the Brownshirts raiding businesses, the restrictions placed on Jews. But the restrictions are about where it ended as far as the treatment of Jews. We see no camps and we only hear of one Jew being taken to a work camp...we only see the segregation and that Jewish doctors could not treat non-jews, etc. The only extermination program we see is T4 (which I WAS happy to see that included, as that's not as well known) in which handicapped people were "euthanized" so as not to burden society, and then in Russia where people were marched in groups into a pit where they were shot. There is one mention of a RUMOR about a place called Auschwitz, where hundreds are killed per day, but that's the extent of it. It's rather minimizing of what the Jewish population suffered during the war, dismissive of their part in the history of Nazism.
    There's a mention of invasion throughout Europe, but not the scope of the situation and there's no mention of the effects of the war on countries outside of Europe, or even for the most part outside of Germany, Russia, and London (there's not really much in the UK included outside of London). Every time we see the U.S., it appears untouched. It barely scratched the surface of the whole story and concentrated so heavily on the Russians, which undoubtedly bridges into the 3rd book, that it misses entire portions of history elsewhere (battle of Ardennes/bulge). It covered the Manhattan Project, which was interesting and fantastic, but the rest missed too much. If you only read ONE book about WWII era and you chose THIS book as that one book, you would think the U.S. played no part in the war against Germany. You would think Jews were segregated, but not necessarily submitted to torture and murder. You would think the Russians were the only ones to liberate the people from the Nazis. You would think that the war took place only in Germany and Russia, with a few other skirmishes.
    In short, it's completely lacking in depth and that's not even mentioning the contrived situations and the stiff dialogue, nor the unrealistic and horrid sex scenes. If you really feel you need to read this book, don't waste your money, check it out at the library instead.

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    After having read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End I purchased the first part of Follett's Century trilogy. I wanted a 'brick back-up': one of those hefty paperbacks you have on stand-by for when you go on a trip and you don't have any other books lying around that you're keen on. Follett, I knew, was a dependable author for holiday books with some depth to them.

    But when I started Fall of Giants on my daily one-hour commute, I was pleasantly surprised. The story had me hooked pretty quickly and I ordered Winter of the World long before I had finished Fall of Giants. And this one, too, does not disappoint.

    Winter of the World picks up roughly a decade after Fall of Giants ends and we are thrown into the events surrounding the meteoric rise of Hitler quite quickly. From there, the current takes us first to England, Spain, Russia and the US. This time, we are following the children of Fall of Giants' leading characters, roughly in their teens at the start of the book and growing up in a time where, sooner of later, threats become very real.

    Some of the plot lines seem a bit more contrived than in Fall of Giants. This is probably because World War I happened in a much more connected setting. In Fall of Giants, most of the leading characters were aristocratic, already assembled at Ty Gwynn at the beginning of the book. The only exceptions were the Williams' family members, but they have now become members of the political elite, and the Peshkov brothers, both of whom have also brought their families to the upper echelons of society. The societies in which all these characters operate, however, have been developing very differently, leading on the one hand to interesting developments, but on the other to a bit of a disconnected feel to the story lines sometimes.

    Is this a bad thing? Not completely, because Follett is an author who knows how to capture his readers. There is a right amount of suspense in all story lines, albeit different kinds of suspense. Especially in the first part of the book (before the war truly begins), it's difficult to compare Woody Dewar's love life to the very real violence happening to the Von Ulrich family. As in the previous book, the war gets to everyone and the stories intertwine more, dealing out tragedy and suffering on all sides.

    Having read Fall of Giants, I sometimes wished the 'oldies' got a bit more screen time. Some of the things hat happened in the decade after Fall of Giants' conclusion are hinted at, but not explained and part of me wishes we could have a book about that was well...

    But the new characters were very enticing. I think Follett has done a better job with these characters than in his medieval books, especially the women. I understand that it must be difficult to write a particularly active female character in a society where their social and political movement was very limited and it almost seems as if Follett is truly having a blast with the women in Fall of Giants and, again, Winter of the World where much more is possible because of the wars. We had Ethel and Maud's newspaper and now, we have a delightful little twist as Daisy finds her role in the war effort.

    All in all, Winter of the World is a highly captivating book and I had difficulty putting it down. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of historical fiction that is gripping but not too heavy. Follett does a great job of portraying these world-encompassing conflicts from several sides and never loses sight of what it means to be human and live your day-to-day life in these circumstances.

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    Super sequel to Fall of Giants. Can't wait for Edge of Eternity to be published.
    Even though it is a long book, it is never tedious. The only worry you have is to find the time to continue reading this fascinating book. What I also found interesting is that we do not get a biased account but one that explores all sides of the conflict as well as on all levels of society.
    Hope they manage to film the trilogy as they did with Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.
    That's enjoyment on two levels. Reading the books and then seeing them on the screen.
    May Ken Follett continue to produce such masterpieces for a long time to come !

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  • Fascinating sequel to Fall of Giants
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    Winter of the world is the fascinating part 2 of the The Century trilogy by Ken Follett. It is well documented and well written. In spite of its 900+ pages, you will have no trouble finishing it! Apart from the adventures of several families, it also presents an accurate description of the events leading up to World War II, the war itself and its aftermath.

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Auteur Ken Follett
Taal Engels
Afmetingen 65x235x157 mm
Gewicht 1,20 kg
Verschijningsdatum september 2012
Druk 1
ISBN10 0230710107
ISBN13 9780230710108

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