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Winter of the World 1933 Terwijl Het Derde Rijk Aan Een Sluipende Opmars Begint, Proberen Vijf Met Elkaar Vervlochten Families Zich Staande Te Houden In De Schaduw Van Gebeurtenissen Die De Wereld Voorgoed Zullen Tekenen.De Jonge Carla Von Ulrich Probeert Zich Te Verzetten Tegen Het Opkomende Nazisme, Maar Ondervindt Dat Ze Veel Zal Moeten Opofferen Om Haar Doel Te Bereiken De Amerikaanse Broers Woody En Chuck Dewar Vechten Ieder Op Hun Eigen Manier Voor Een Betere Wereld De Een Vanuit Het Politieke Wespennest Van Washington, De Ander Vanuit Een Bloedovergoten Oerwoud In De Stille Oceaan De Engelse Lloyd Williams Merkt Tijdens De Spaanse Burgeroorlog Dat Hij Niet Alleen Tegen Het Fascisme, Maar Ook Tegen Het Communisme Zal Moeten Vechten Daisy Pesjkov Probeert Koste Wat Kost Een Beter Plekje Op De Amerikaanse Sociale Ladder Te Vinden En Haar Russische Neef Volodja Verovert Een Positie Bij De Geheime Dienst Die Een Aanzet Zal Geven Voor Een Heel Andere Oorlog Nacht Van Het Kwaad Is Het Indrukwekkende Vervolg Op Val Der Titanen, Waarin De Dappere Jonge Mensen Van Een Nieuwe Generatie Hun Eigen Weg Zoeken In Een Door Oorlog Geteisterde Wereld.


10 thoughts on “Winter of the World

  1. says:

    75 , Your Nazi friends don t know history, Father Said The Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids when Germans were living in caves Arabs ruled the world in the Middle Ages the Muslims were doing algebra when German princes could not write their own names It s nothing to do with race Se7en Reasons Why to Read Ken Follett s The Century Trilogy1 For Living the History Experience 1933 1949 2 With an Excellent Drama 3 Of Varaity of Characters 4 Of Different Nationalities 5 Including Real Histori...


  2. says:

    I read the first of this trilogy Fall of Giants It was excellent Winter of the World continues in the same superlative fashion The narrative is quick and absorbing Through the eyes of interesting characters, you get a front row seat in the most memorable historical events that were really not that long ago The first book took me inside the world my grandparents experienced This one tr...


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    My rating would have been 2 and one half stars if Goodreads had given me the option Plus I think the divergence of this review from the average of the reviews for the book is as much due to the cognitive dissonance of not really enjoying a book that you ve slogged thru 960 pages to complete, than a passionate embrace of Winter As much as I liked the first volume of Follett s 20th Century Trilogy Fall of Giants I was disappointed by this second installment The back cover blurb These characters and many others find themselves inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century If that sounds like the TV show, Law Order s breathless ripped from the headlines, you ll understand the decaying of literacy to pulp we have in this awkward middle child The first test of great historical fiction is did it get the history right Ken Follett, no surprise, has got the history down pat I ve read quite extensively about the period leading up to and including the Second World War and I think Follett got the pulse of the times and the events aligned to their proper significance, including the important occurrences on the margin e.g., the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project.The second test, which truly separates the excellent historical fiction from the good is the use of charac...


  4. says:

    Ken Follett is a mediocre writer, but a stellar storyteller His characters are cardboard, his dialogue wooden and on the nose, his prose pedestrian and perfunctory As for his punctuation of dialogue ugh I said Please take away Follett s colon key, stat No, Ken, a colon is not interchangeable with a comma But still the pages demand to be turned.WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right after FALL OF THE GIANTS, with the sons and daughters of the latter novel s characters facing the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the start of the Cold War Oddly enough, the Depression is pretty much glossed over and doesn t seem to affect anyone While the book does focus on a German family, the rise of Hitler is depicted as a forceful takeover by a bullying, thuggish mob and the economic conditions that helped him rise are pretty much non existent The book also follows wealthy and or privileged American, Russian and British families not much affected by the economy, and even the Welsh working class characters of FALL OF THE GIANT are solidly middle class and Members of Parliament in this book But aside from the curious lack of the Depression, the book hits all the highlights of mid 20th century history Follett doesn t stray far from the popular, accepted narrative of World War II Nazis and Russian secret police bad Americans Brits decent sorts His German characters are all fervent anti Nazis, of course, with one exception but he s depicted as weak willed and easily led The Russians are...


  5. says:

    The second in Follett s Century Trilogy follows the main characters from Fall of Giants and their children as they navigate the major events of the 1930s and 1940s Readers will see the rise of Nazi Germany, the epic battles of World War II, and the birth of the atomic era through the eyes of men and women from several countries.Winter of the World is a grand accomplishment, and one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I ve read this year I m looking forward to the next installment The novel isn t always nuanced, and some events are glossed over in the name of moving the plot forward However, it s to Follett s credit that this almost 1000 page book never seems to drag, and that he manages the large cast of characters so deftly.Follett is at his best when there s action and intrigue, and there s plenty of that, especially in the scenes set before and during World War II A dramatic account of the Battle of Midway serves as a memorable climax to the subplot encompassing the war ...


  6. says:

    Just finished my second read through I m so happy to dive back into this trilogy full of amazing characters This book makes me the most uncomfortable it deals with the most lose and offers little relief to the reader For every triumph you see another character pushed to the breaking point.


  7. says:

    A journey through the horrors of World War 2 through the eyes of different people from England, the USA, Russia, and of course, Germany This starts with the NSDAP taking over German politics in 1933 and ends in 1949 with the separation of Germany into West and East Reading these 1000 pages was an emotional roller coaster After loving the Fall of Giants centered around WWl I had very high expectations The historical content definitely didn t disappoint Various POVs introduced British, American, Russian, and German perspectives from different genders, ages or social backgrounds I loved following all these different story lines and even though there are a ton, I never felt like it was too much or that one got lost among the others What I was a little disappointed by were the romantic stories They felt a little forced especially towards the end The term insta love came to my mind one or two times But that never bothered me too much considering the big picture And who am I to judge romance during a time when every day could be your last.What I was missing was a jewish perspective among the various POVs Throughout the story a couple of Jews from different social backgrounds are mentioned, but considering the horrors of WW2 I feel like a perspective was missing I guess it has to be mentioned that this book ...


  8. says:

    Congratulations, Ken Follett You ve taken the most destructive conflict this world has ever seen and turned it into a wan and tawdry soap opera Worse yet, you have cribbed unmercifully from Herman Wouk s Winds of War I m assuming Kenny is hoping that readers will be unaware that a 40 plus year old book already covered the same globe trotting style and settings that is the backbone for both novels If that was his aim, I can only envy the readers who haven t sampled Wouk s superior effort Perhaps Kenny s attempt wouldn t seem like such a blatant rip off That would have to assume that the reader can overlook such glaring faults as a novel filled to the brim with White Hats and Black Hats, the only characters Follett seems able to create If a character is good, they have to pick a hairstyle that fits their halo If the character s bad, not even an Exorcist tag team of young priest old priest will have the power to drive the demon from them.If the two dimensional characters aren t enough to spoil the experience for the discerning reader, perhaps the overabundance of sexytime talk will Follett wallows in sex with all the dignity of a dirty old man in a coin operated booth at an adult book store When one of the female White Hats is ruminating on her troubled marriage to one of the book s very naughty Black Hats, Follett feels the need to drive the point home by telling us t...


  9. says:

    Well, I just finished this thing and I did like it, but not as much as the first installment.The best part of this novel is the history, Follett is able to distill it into bite size little nuggets and integrate the info into readable dialogue I learned a ton about China and her role in the remaking of the UN, new information on why Japan was so aggressive during the run up to Pearl Harbor, atomic bomb development in the US, and many other historical antecedents of the Cold War.Follet just about skips over the Holocaust though, even though some of his central characters are in Germany Sure, he acknowledges the sufferings of Jews and others, but as a plot point it s not even touched People just go to camps, die or come back broken and disfigured.Follet spends time on the sex lives of his characters than he does on mass round ups and systematic extermination To be fair, he does have some of his characters entangled in the Nazis euthanasia program for the mentally ill, but that s i...


  10. says:

    3 Since I am on hiatus from writing reviews for the month, being a beach bum , I just wanted to note that this was another typical for the author work of Historical Fiction However, maybe it is me, maybe it is the fact that I grew up in the Eastern Block and have some knowledge of the history there, the author s prejudices are even obvious and no matter how unwillingly they might creep up, they hamstring him and put his writing in a box much too small for the scope he intends I actually want to believe that he is trying to give a fair view of all the sides, but he can t help write through his own experiences of a Western born and raised individual, thus his writing will always slant that way I guess it was just a bit too obvious here Once again, if you hav...


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