Winter of the World

hardcover

English language

Published Aug. 24, 2012 by Macmillan.

ISBN:
978-0-230-71010-8
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4 stars (37 reviews)

Winter of the World is a historical novel written by the Welsh-born author Ken Follett, published in 2012. It is the second book in the Century Trilogy. Revolving about a family saga that covers the interrelated experiences of American, Russian, German and British families during the 20th century. The novel follows the second generation of those families, born to the main characters of the first novel, Fall of Giants, and is followed by a further generation of those families in the third and final book in the series, Edge of Eternity. The story starts in 1933, with the Nazi seizure of power, includes World War II, and concludes in 1949 in the early stages of the Cold War.

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He writes plot to be shocking and doesn't care about its impacts.

1 star

Content warning Discussion of sexual assault and Nazis.

reviewed Winter of the world by Ken Follett (Century trilogy -- bk. 2)

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3 stars

It's still a good book, but I liked Fall of Giants better in many ways:

I felt like Fall of Giants explained what caused the war. Those evil aristocrats! I mean a world war is surely never down to one cause, but Fall of Giants felt like a solid criticism of aristocracy. From 13-year-old miners to knocking up 17-year-old maids to hanging peasants to sending people to their deaths on the battlefield, it becomes 100% clear that aristocracy was a bad idea and had to be stamped out.

Fall of Giants also explained fairly well why the ideal of communism could not become reality. The infighting between communist factions is a good (tragic) story.

This thread continues in Winter of the World, and I liked the Spanish theater. What happens with Stalin is made less clear, but still okay I think.

But I felt like the story in Germany did …

Review of 'Winter of the World' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Makes life under dictatorships more real.
Good historical novel covering the rise and fall of Hitler and Stalin, to 1949.
Well connected to actual history, covering England & Wales, USA, Russia, Germany and Spanish civil war. The sexism and racism is less than you might expect from a white man of the era and some can be considered a deliberate depiction of how things were. There is still a good attempt at showing how some strong women influenced events and a few vignettes of one black woman's life.
Very easy reading but a nice complement to the more personal aspects of the sweep of history during a terrifying period.
See my previous review of the previous book in the Century trilogy, covering WWI. Next volume starts when history ends for me and becomes real life.

reviewed Winter of the World by Ken Follett (The Century Trilogy, #2)

Review of 'Winter of the World' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

The second book in the Century Trilogy, this book takes place right before, during, and after World War II. I'm not really sure why I find these books so compelling. The writing is very mediocre. For example, in the beginning of the book, Lloyd Williams and his mother are visiting friends in Berlin, during some of the earliest of Hitler's crackdowns on democracy (and the Jewish people, of course). When he sees the horror, Lloyd thinks to himself, "Oh no, what if fascism comes to England?" He proceeds to have this same exact thought, only worded differently, at least 6 different times throughout this first section (alright, that may be a little bit exaggerated, but only because I didn't take the time to count how many times he actually thought it). The repetition was completely unnecessary and made reading the book tedious at times. The fact that I remember that …

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