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Winter of the World

Book 2, The Century Trilogy

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

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.

From Publishers Weekly

30 July 2012 – This second installment of Follett s epic Century trilogy is just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. Continuing the histrionics of the five families introduced in Fall, this masterfully conceived novel picks up in 1933 as Carla von Ulrich, 11, feels the horror of Nazi encroachment in Germany and proves a staunch resister, while her older brother, Erik, becomes an infatuated soldier. Elsewhere, English student Lloyd Williams aggressively resists the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Later, wealthy American brothers Chuck (a closeted homosexual) and Woody Dewar head to the South Seas to fight the good fight as socialite Daisy Peshkov, Woody s first love, is swept up with Lloyd and the drama of war. Rife with plot lines, interpersonal intrigue, sweeping historical flourishes, and an authentic and compelling cast, this is a tale of dynamic characters struggling to survive during one of the world s darkest periods. While some may find Follett s verbosity daunting, others will applaud his dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy s crowning capstone.

Customer Reviews


Het boek volgde het succesvolle recept van eerdere boeken: in een aantal parallelle verhalen gaan een aantal personages door de verschillende hoogtepunten van een historische gebeurtenis. Geschiedkundig is dit boek interessant. Echter, in tegenstelling tot de andere boeken, waar de feiten voor zichzelf spraken, laat Follett de personages eindeloos filosoferen over politiek. Het kwam heel prekerig en met momenten zelfs propagandistisch over. Die fout maakte hij niet in zijn boeken over de middeleeuwen; daar had je geen personages die eindeloos leuterden over het feodaal systeem of over de kerk. Een tweede probleem met dit boek is dat de familiale verhalen uitgesponnen zijn tot ware soap opera's, inclusief baby's en baby talk. Ik heb dit boek diagonaal doorgelezen, en enkel de boeiende passages aandachtig gelezen. Naar mijn gevoel was 30% van dit boek zo goed als zijn Follet's eerder werk. De resterende 70% roept vragen op: heeft Follet doelbewust gekozen voor de soap opera's? Vond hij politieke dialogen makkelijker en sneller om te schrijven dan snedige acties? Zijn die door hem zelf geschreven? Wil hij op het succes teren van het eerste boek van de trilogie?
Conclusie: ondanks menig fantastische passage (de beste lijkt me de eerste nucleaire reactor, in Chicago), zou ik dit boek niet aanbevelen.

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Winter of the World
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  • 4,99 €
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 13 September 2012
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Print Length: 832 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Century Trilogy
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