Winter of the World

Follett, Ken

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Winter of the World
This novel picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families, American, German, Russian, English, Welsh, enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak.. American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific. English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism. Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war, but the war to come. These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever increasing complexity.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2012.
ISBN: 9780525952923
Characteristics: xiii, 940 p. :,maps ;,25 cm.


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Aug 31, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The second installment in Follett’s Century trilogy, this book follows the lives of the children of the characters that the reader met in “The Fall of Giants” and focuses on the events occurring during the time period of 1933 to 1949. Lots of great characters (the list provided at the front of the book is definitely helpful) from all different walks of life tell the story of WWII from the point of view of Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US. An epic, fascinating and disturbing read that I couldn’t put down for any length of time. I look forward to the final title in this series.

Aug 27, 2014
  • dinkthecat rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I am plowing through just to see the end but . . . boy, he is so heavy-handed with dialogue and has very little understanding of 1930's social mores (little things like, black was worn only by women well over 30; dating between a white man (of upper/wealthy class) and a black woman in 1930's NY was out of the question). His characters are so shallow, it is depressing.

Aug 07, 2014
  • zipread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Follet is an accomplished author who uses words the way a painer uses oils. The finished canvas is amazing. This book is the second part of a trilogy that takes us from post-WW I England and Germany to the aftermath of the second World War. Suffering, displacement, and trauma are the order of the day. Communism, fascism, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill change the world in ways unimaginable only a few years before. Once you start, you can’t put this book down. Poignant, engaging, riveting. You’ve got to read it.

Apr 29, 2014
  • lindsayrdew rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Just bad writing.

Jan 08, 2014
  • carlosgil rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This volume offers the reader a wide-screen panoramic view of World War II. Follet’s bible-length novel narrates the stories of a handful of men and women and their families in four different countries spanning the world struggle from 1933 to 1945.

The author offers a personalized, easy to read understanding of how the war began and how it ended, conveniently placing key characters in situations that shed a spotlight on key junctions in the conflict. In this way, we become aware of the early and sinister and disturbing actions taken by Hitler and his Nazis agents against Jews in Berlin in 1933, the frustration and fears of the English protagonists when Neville Chamberlain looked the other way when Hitler ripped into Czechoslovakia, the conflicting feelings about America building an atomic bomb and then letting it loose on Japan, and so on.

Even though I stumbled to keep the multiplicity of characters straight, still, Winter of the World merits my praise because reading it provides a memorable introduction to this critical period in world history. I definitely sympathized with most of the personalities presented in this many-sided tale. I hope young Americans read it.

Oct 05, 2013
  • Eadam55 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not as good as the first in the series, but still held my interest. Delved into the behind the scenes political and historical background about WW11. A fair amount of which I personally did not know.

Sep 02, 2013
  • mayfairlady rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

narrator in audiobook bersion is excellent

Apr 07, 2013
  • blolo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great historical fiction, hard to put down at times. there is so much WWII fiction out there that sometimes reading about WWII feels tired, but follett focuses on smaller lesser known events at times that help make the novel seem fresh.

Mar 31, 2013
  • Rosina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. A great way to read about the 2nd world war. I missed both the first and second wars in my education and thanks to these two books I now have a grounding.

Mar 24, 2013
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good follow up to FALL OF GIANTS. Lots a characters and lots of details makes this book a challenging read but it is well worth it. I learned so many details about World War II that I never knew before.

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