Fall of Giants

Fall of Giants

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition
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Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Publisher: Waterville, ME :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781410475473
Branch Call Number: LPF FOL NVD
Characteristics: 1249 pages (large print) : map ; 25 cm

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cottrellbob
Jun 30, 2020

Fall of Giants is my first Ken Follett book. I was interested in reading it after watching the tv adaptations of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. For me, Jeffery Archer's Clifton Chronicles was a page turned. The first half of Giants was slow going. I enjoyed the Billy, Ethel, Maud, Walter, & Fitz story best. I've put Winter of the World on my for later shelf and will continue the trilogy eventually.

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writermala
May 27, 2020

"Fall of Giants" is the first book in the Century Trilogy. I had read the following two and since the books trace the same families and their successive generations some of the plot was not a surprise to me. Also, perhaps I have read one two many books by Follett becuae this book didn't grip me at the beginning. But as it progressed and dealt with historic events like women's suffrage, World War I and the Soviet revolution I got engrossed. All in all a well-researched, well-written book.

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Walter724
Apr 28, 2020

Ken Follett writes so well and you can really imagine how things must have been during the early twentieth century in Europe. I liked the character development in this story. You really grow to care about these people and what they are going through. Sometimes Follett is a bit too descriptive in a salacious way when he describes the lives of his characters: it was a peeve of mine, and it bothered me a bit while reading. I recommend this story though especially if you like historical fiction!

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Nightshade7206
Jan 18, 2019

I love historical fiction and this one is at the top of the list. loved the story line, the characters are splendid. Can't wait for the next one.

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avidFVreader
Aug 07, 2017

Great historical tale of WW I, the Russian Revolution and the fight for women’s suffrage in Great Britain from the viewpoints of various people: Welsh common people, English upper crust, Germans, Russians and Americans. At 985 pages it is a bit intimidating, but it is well worth the read. Liked Billy's speech in chapter 42 - right on the money. Highly recommended

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trcookIIImddmd
Oct 29, 2016

Nicely developed tale of pseudo-historical interest from the perspective of a committed liberal (all of whom should be committed) with enough soft-porn to interest women.

ArapahoeFelicia Aug 17, 2016

Great historical fiction novel. Follett took me all of the world and let me peer into the lives of these families at the start of WWI. It is a large, and therefore intimidating, book, but it is well worth the time it takes to read it. Get the ebook format and you won't have to worry about carrying around a heavy book.

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mzch
Jul 08, 2016

This book felt like a porny Downton Abbey. Fascinating historical overview, but Follett's juxtaposition of a modern, explicitly narrated sexual ethos with historical events was rather jarring. Loved the narrator.

It is always interesting to read about the motivation and the social mores which drove the world into WWI. The book is well researched and characters are heartbreakingly real.

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iRun
Jan 18, 2016

Returned mid-disc 6

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