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L'inverno del mondo (The Century Trilogy #2)

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"L'inverno del mondo" rappresenta il secondo capitolo di The Century, la trilogia incentrata sulla storia del ventesimo secolo proposta da Ken Follett. In questo secondo episodio, che si apre nella Berlino del 1933 durante l'ascesa politica di Adolf Hitler, i personaggi de "La caduta dei giganti", il primo romanzo ambientato durante la prima guerra mondiale, passano il tes...more
Hardcover, Omnibus, 957 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Mondadori (first published 2012)
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Michael Bell It's available on the 17th, I think. I just pre-ordered it on Kobo. I'm very much looking forward to the continuation of the saga!

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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 transported me into the events that shaped my parents. The book provides in-depth perspectives and describe...more
Jay Connor
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: "The...more
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 C...more
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...more
The 20th century is the most dramatic and violent period in the history of the human race. We killed more people in the 20th century than in any previous century, in the trenches of World War I, in the Soviet Union under Stalin, in Germany under the Nazis, Spain under Franco. There was World War II and the bombing of Dresden by the British and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was a horrible century and yet it is also the century of liberty.

Very few countries were democratic before the First World War....more
Christine Hughes
Ken Follett's second book in his Century trilogy ' Winter of the
World ' is turning in to an excellent dramatisation of Eric Hobsbawm's ' The Age of Extremes '.

It has all the ingredients of ' Fall of Giants ' easy to read, absorbing, intriguing and never far from actuality of the age. I would recommend this book to anyone who is not really into History but likes a cracking story.
I was a First Reads winner! I feel so lucky that I won a copy of this book. I have a habit of opening a book and reading the first couple of sentences in the book. If it doesn't grab my attention I have a hard time reading on. I can't actually review this book yet because I am not quite done with "Fall Of Giants" yet, which I insist on finishing first. I am really enjoying that book so far. I love the setting and the characters are interesting. I very much want to see what becomes of them. I di...more
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. Per...more
Waheed Rabbani
Fall of Giants, Book One of Ken Follett’s The Century Trilogy, had ended in January 1924 at the finish of World War I and the Russian Revolution, showing a nine-year-old boy shaking hands with his father. Book Two, Winter of the World, commences in February 1933, with eleven-year-old Carla in the kitchen of her Berlin home wondering what her parents, English born Maud, and German born Walter von Ulrich, were arguing about. Book One’s readers would also be unsure what the quarrel was for, as they...more
I was a fan of Ken Follett's previous books (Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and, to an extent, Fall of Giants) but I really didn't enjoy this book. I felt like he "phoned it in" or rushed to get it out quickly, which was disappointing.

My main problems with the novel were: 1) unrealistic dialogue 2) extremely predictable plot points 3) characters you don't really care about (although I did have a warm spot for Daisy) and 4) lack of nuance/complexity in characters.

However, I did think...more
An interesting long....................long.................... read but not up to the standard of Pillars or Fall of Giants.
Marco Tamborrino
“Why was it, Lloyd wondered, that the people who wanted to destroy everything good about their country were the quickest to wave the national flag?”

Non ho letto il libro in inglese, ma non avendo sottolineato le citazioni, per evitare di cercarle ho preso quella che mi serviva in inglese.

Dunque, non c'è molto da dire. È un buon romanzo, senza infamia e senza lode, un buon romanzo che ha il vantaggio di lasciarsi leggere quasi troppo facilmente, tanto che se uno è privo di grandi impegni, può le...more
Matt Schiariti
There are reasons why Ken Follett is one of my favorites, if not THE favorites and Winter of the World is another shining example of why.

WOW picks up ten years after the end of Fall of Giants. While it does have the original cast from the previous installment, it's more about the second generation: their children. It spans the time from the rise of Hitler and his Nazi regime, through the Spanish Revolution, WWII, Pearl Harbor, the advent of the nuclear bomb, the subsequent bombing of Japan and e...more
Think you could never empathize with a communist, a socialist, the elitist, anarchist, or aristocrat? Think again, because Follett takes you front and center into the lives of such people in his second book of the Century Trilogy with a passion and clarity that delivers the story of their struggles and triumphs to a place beyond our manufactured understanding and created historical boxes.

I love a great familial pan-Atlantic historical epic, and KF is incredibly precise in describing the minutia...more
I finished it because I felt I had to. Hoping perhaps an unexpected plot twist, or something, might convince me that wading through 960 pages would be worth it. Sadly, the last page turned left me as empty as the previous many. Each page turned revealed the expected, formulaic and dull running commentary of 5 families and their involvement in the history of the time. Characters such as Maud, so interesting in the first book, so glossed over in this – Ethel Leckwith so strong in the first book so...more
Of course, you must read FALL OF GIANTS first....it's just now out in mass paperback, I noticed. I bought the hardcover, some time back,and actually carried it to the Kansas City area to read it,and didn't start it.....months later I finally did,and loved it....I grew fond of the characters,and felt like they were my personal friends.... the 2nd book in this trilogy? I felt the same. I felt the pain, the joy, the love, the anguish of all that the characters were going through..... WW I and WW II...more
Melissa Rochelle
First, Follett does a great job of making a fat book fly by. However, for a book that makes up something called "The Century Trilogy", I'm a little disappointed that the first two books only covered the first half of the century. Will the next book only make it to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then we're done?

Second, Follett does a wonderful job reminding us that war is horrific. He really doesn't hold back. If you're at all appalled by the fact that humans can be truly AWFUL to each other, t...more
Cristina Delgado
Absolutamente fantástico!

Ao contrário do volume anterior, que me desiludiu um pouco no final, este manteve-me agarrada da primeira à última página.

Existe um salto de cerca de dez anos e encontramos agora as crianças já crescidas e vamos deixando um pouco de parte a vida dos pais, que tão bem conhecíamos, para os acompanhar a eles (os que já tinham nascido no livro anterior e os que nasceram entretanto). Continua a ser óbvio que, apesar de serem família oriundas de diversos países (Rússia, Ingla...more
I'm more of a review reader than a review writer here on GoodReads. However, I felt moved to say a few words regarding the quality, or lack thereof, pertinent to Ken Follett's Winter of the World.

I've read two previous books by Ken Follett, the cathedral building series (Pillars of the Earth and ???). I enjoyed them both. So, I decided to pick up Winter of the World (book two in the latest series) because I'm a huge fan of anything historical concerning WWII. And typically, historical fiction i...more
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Winter of the World is a very large book but, just like its predecessor Fall of Giants, not a page is too long and every chapter is a pageturning delight. Ken Follett knows arguably better than any writer how to breathe life into a book, largely though its sympathetic and believable characters, both male and female. I had a few minor issues with the depiction of some of the female characters here but otherwise I was utterly and happily immersed in the novel and its fantastic plot, which turns on...more
Mark Henrikson
I finally managed to finish this book the other day – not one of my favorites. Not by a long shot.

Like the first, book 2 in the Century Trilogy takes place during a fascinating time period (WWII), both socially and politically. That being the case, how in the world did this book come off so flat and boring? Large chunks read like a romance novel that Daniel Steel might be proud of with a half dozen or so teenage characters fumbling around love, sex, and all things I really don’t enjoy reading ab...more
The Book Maven
There are many things that I can say about Ken Follett and the second book in his Century trilogy--and remarkably, just about everything I have to say is good!

-First, Ken Follett's books are where history, soap opera, good storytelling, and statistically improbably coincidence meet.

-Second, Ken Follett is an unlikely combination of Edward Rutherfurd and Danielle Steel.

-Third, if you have a person who likes to read, but hates history, this would be the kind of book to give him.

-My issue with leng...more
I enjoyed the 2nd book in this trilogy, although perhaps not as much as the first. For me, it gets a bit tough, though, to remember all of the various characters from one book to the next--maybe I'd do better to wait until the novels are all published & read them consecutively? My memory is evidently faltering in my old age...

This book brought an awareness of the humanity/inhumanity of war, & individuals, to this reader....from each of the various countries involved. There is no such thi...more
Let me begin by saying that I could not put this book, or rather my ipad, down until I read the whole thing. It took me two days to get through it and I was so excited over it that I couldn't read it fast enough. As historical novels go, I found it very entertaining and it seemed plausible that all of these characters could experience the events Follett depicted. However, I couldn't help but compare Winter of the World with Herman Wouk's utterly amazing The Winds of War and its sequel, War and R...more
I was quite disappointed in the second book of the Century Trilogy. I am a Follett fan, having read all his books. This book is little more than a soap opera, set mostly in Europe during WWII. Fall of Giants at least had some unusual takes on the origin and execution of WWI, This book gives a simple rehash of the basic Hitler story. But, then, I've read more WWII books than any reasonable person would.

The usual Follett detail is absent. Read his early spy thrillers(Triple, The Key to Rebecca an...more
Kate Hewitt
Ken Follett always writes a very readable story, but his writing style is so juvenile that I found it hard going at times. There is literally NO showing, all telling in this book, and at a level a third grader could understand. Things like:' Lloyd looked at the crowd. He was scared.' Really? No dialogue, no showing he was scared, no hard-beating heart or sweaty palms? This happens over and over again. There is no nuance or subtlety to this book; it's purely sledgehammer entertainment. I was goin...more
Rebecca Cartwright
I can’t remember the last time I read a book I loved as much as this. It completely engrossed me so that I paid no attention to what was going on around me and I sat reading it for hours at a time.
I haven’t read Fall of Giants since it came out and so I couldn’t remember much about the characters at first, although bits came back to me as I was reading. I don’t think that this really mattered though and you could easily pick this up and enjoy it without having read the first book, I think...more
This is the second in Follett’s historical fiction “Century Trilogy”. The first took us through the First World War, this is about the Second World War, and presumably the next will take us until the end of the century. I am not sure if I will read the third book. I would be lying if I did not say that I was disappointed by this book. I loved The Pillars of the Earth, and was hoping this would be as good. With hindsight, this could never have been as good as that. In 940 heavy pages Follett has...more
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 pro...more
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Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film.

He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.

He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho...more
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