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This is an epic of love, hatred, war and revolution. This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocrati...more
Hardcover, 985 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Dutton Adult (first published 2010)
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    Beth Bedee
    It's a little disappointing that people are rating this book on Amazon out of protest of its price. It's low rating does not give the book the recognition it deserves. This is my first Ken Follett novel, and I am hooked. I've read where some people have not been that interested in the subject matter of Fall of Giants and prefer the Middle Ages. I'm fascinated with 20th Century history, so this is right down my alley.

    This novel covers the years of WWI and the Russian Revolution and follows 5 fami...more
    Melissa Rochelle
    One of the early reviews I read stated that this book lacked one of Follett's infamous villains. I disagree. The ultimate villain in this enormous book is clearly war and perhaps the arrogance of world leaders.

    I've always had a difficult time understanding the why surrounding World War 1 and this book helps put it in perspective (even if it is fiction). I remember learning in history class that the US got involved because the Germans torpedoed the Lusitania. And it did play a part, but that hap...more
    TrowellingBadger
    The story was enjoyable enough and certainly kept me entertained for a couple of days. The recreation of the early 20th Century was very vivid, and I was impressed by how well Follett applied his considerable skills in this respect to a variety of nations and social classes. To cover so many years in any decent amount of depth was a great challenge, to which Follett rises well. The story was fast-paced and the build-up to the War was particularly well managed. The particularly notable aspect of...more
    Genia Lukin
    Do not say that I don't like historical fiction - because I do. Do not even say I don't like Follett - because I rather do. In fact, this highly praised - and very thick - volume I'd been anticipating eagerly, both because I had pleasant memories from The Pillars of the Earth and because currently I am rather WWI mad; I read Tuchman's classic works, Maddox Ford, not to mention Hemingway and Remarque, because I am fascinated by the subject.

    So what in the world went wrong with this book?

    This story...more
    Denise
    5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating epic tale!, August 5, 2010


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    This is a fantastic epic, the first in a planned trilogy by the author of The Pillars of the Earth (now a miniseries) and World Without End. I simply raced through the pages, unable to put this book down even though it was a hefty nearly 1000 pages.

    The story moves seamlessly and logically, starting in 1911 a...more
    Lavonne
    I have loved just about everything Ken Follett has written, but I think this one fell short of his usual standard. Most of his novels grab you from the beginning, with fully-drawn characters and gripping plot lines. I wasn't even done with the second chapter before I began to wonder if I was even going to like this. I think he may have tried to accomplish too much with this story. There were so many characters with so much going on in their lives. There was not enough time to give more than a gl...more
    StoryTellerShannon
    The first of a promised trilogy. Focus is on the early 1900s detailing a vast array of characters affected by the coming Great War (WWI) which helps along the process of women's suffrage, trade unions, topples nobility and the rise of the Bolsheviks in Mother Russia. WWI focus is less on the battles and more on the suffering. The very end of this 1000 page tale shows the aftermath of the war and the ominous foreboding of another World War to come.

    TRIVIA: Woodrow Wilson was the first president t...more
    Matt
    This book is utter trash.

    Is that too harsh? Let me rephrase.

    This book is a steaming pile of garbage.

    Still a bit mean?

    It doesn’t matter. Ken Follett does not care. His editor and publisher do not care. His accountant certainly is indifferent to this complaint.

    It’s not that Ken Follett is critic proof, because that implies that he achieves astronomical sales figures despite scathing reviews. That’s not the case. Rather, he achieves those astronomical sales with the apathetic approbation of cr...more
    Michael Smith
    This first novel in the Century trilogy is truly excellent, and it lays a magnificent foundation for what I hope are equally impressive parts two and three. There is striking development in all the major characters as they move through two decades in the early twentieth century. Follett meshes his skills as a thriller writer with his even greater talents in historical fiction, so that this massive book, with its interrelating families from America, Britain, Germany, and Russia, is much like a pa...more
    Leila
    I didn't realize I'd end up finishing the book in less than a week but yeah, it's that readable and engrossing and entertaining that I couldn't put it down. So much of the events of WWI have become clearer to me now. (For the longest time, as far as I was concerned, World War I was just a collective term for that war in Europe, and even as I was aware of its impact, it never occurred to me that this was a major turning point in the history of most European countries and the United States, maybe...more
    Margarida
    Antes de se começar a ler, o tamanho do livro pode ser assustador (930 páginas), mas depois adora-se! Pessoalmente, se tivesse outras tantas páginas teria continuado a ler com o mesmo prazer! A escrita é extraordinária, a história fantástica... Liga de forma soberba realidade e ficção.

    Dá-nos uma lição de História sobre o início do Séc. XX que, sem ser demasiado aprofundada (para isso existem os livros especializados), nos dá o suficiente para que possamos entender melhor uma época conturbada on...more
    Filipa
    4,5 stars


    Uma trilogia, um retrato de um século. O primeiro volume da trilogia "O Século" intitulado A Queda dos Gigantes, inicia um ciclo que pretende retratar a vida, o quotidiano, as diferentes realidades, as tristezas, os sucessos e as alegrias do século XX, uma das épocas mais importantes a nível mundial.
    Neste primeiro volume, começamos a viagem em 1911 e acabamos em 1925. Ou seja, vamos viajar até à Europa nos anos em que a Primeira Guerra Mundial grassou um pouco por todo o território eur...more
    Maria
    Esta foi a minha estreia nos livros de Ken Follett. E foi uma excelente estreia! Adorei o tema, a escrita, os personagens... A única coisa que tenha a dizer é que de facto é um livro muito, muito grande, difícil de transportar e até de ler, pelas suas dimensões. Compreendo que o autor tenha querido pormenorizar o mais possivel a história e não senti que fosse demais, mais por favor, quando for assim dividam o livro em 2 volumes... Recomendo a leitura, sem duvida e espero ansiosamente a leitura d...more
    Carmo Santos
    Num livro tão grande teria que encontrar forçosamente, coisas boas e coisas menos boas.
    Leio Ken Follet há tanto tempo que posso dizer que tenho acompanhado o evoluir da obra do autor; desde os policiais até aos romances históricos, sendo esta trilogia O Século, a sua aventura mais ambiciosa.
    Escrever um livro desta dimensão, com uma vertente histórica explorada ao máximo, sem descorar pormenores e com todo o rigor, foi com certeza uma tarefa hercúlea. Sabe-se que tem uma grande equipa nos bastido...more
    Donald Jordan
    The Fall of Giants takes place between the years 1914 and 1924 and is the first in a trilogy that supposedly will cover most of last century. As with most Ken Follett books, the characters are engaging and well drawn out, though his pacing is a bit off. The story follows 5 families in England, Germany, Russia, and America as the old world begins its death throws in the violence of WWI. One of the dangers with epic stories like this is that inevitably the reader gets drawn to one story line more...more
    Lance Paul
    Ken Follett's new novel, "Fall of Giants", is a big boy. It's so big that it could be used as a door stop for a steel door. But I have a feeling that most people reading this review already know it's a big book and don't expect anything less from Ken Follett.

    "Giants" is the first in a trilogy about the 20th century. At least I assume it is, because this book is about the run-up to the "Great War" (WW1) and the four years of war. Follett, as usual, has many characters from Europe and the United...more
    Emily
    Oct 19, 2010 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
    Shelves: 2010
    This book is not as good as Pillars of the Earth or World Without End, but neither is it quite as terrible as some reviews have suggested. It is indeed contrived: a small number of characters manage to witness the major events of the 1910s and to re-encounter each other across huge expanses of space and time. But Follett's earlier novels rely quite a bit on coincidence, too. Perhaps the modern reader, contemplating the more distant world of medieval England, finds it easy to believe that there w...more
    Glee
    A disappointment. I was so taken with The Pillars of the Earth, I really looked forward to this book. However, this has a real paint-by-numbers feel and while reading it was a notch above reading my high school history tomes, it wasn't by much. It was sort of interesting to have characters inserted into World War I events (pre- and a tiny bit post-), but it still felt like plodding through a textbook. And the Russian Revolution. Sheesh. What a bunch of ideological/philosophical claptrap... it re...more
    Adam
    Meh. I love Ken Follett. Seriously, has a better epic period novel been written than Pillars of the Earth? I even like his other more basic stuff like Whiteout and A Dangerous Fortune. Sure they are simple beach novels but they are good reads. Fall of Giants seems like it can't decide if it wants to be the beach novel or the epic period novel. So the result is flat characters, a listless storyline, and rocket paced love affairs. This is Grey's Anatomy meets World War I, without the hospital. Jus...more
    abbylee Oqueli
    Follett has a way of creating characters that are original and so real. I fall in love with them from the minute he introduces them to the plot and I can't book the book down, because when I'm without it I'm lonely for my new friends :)

    I enjoyed "Fall of Giants," but wasn't all the interested in all the war strategy that was plentiful throughout. I hate to say it, but it just wan't "Pillars of the Earth."

    When the book ended I couldn't decide why I had such an unsettled feeling over the whole thi...more
    Jennuineglass
    It is with a degree of commitment that you pick up a Follett novel. They are unapologetically weighty...all close to 1000 pages. Big sweeping novels with lots of characters, lots of time and like a little mini history lesson wrapped in a novel. Fall of Giants is no exception...the first of three novels, this one takes place during the WWI era. The editor's review does a concise job of laying out the basic plot line so just click on the link above to read.
    What I can add to that is that this is a...more
    Jane
    Where I got the book: audiobook from my local library.

    This Ken Follett blockbuster covers the lives of fictional Anglo-Welsh, Welsh, American, Russian and German characters from just before World War I, through the conflict, and in the years after the Armistice.

    I usually enjoy a multi-plot-point saga like this, and Follett, on the whole, didn't disappoint. The plot lines were a bit predictable, but again it's that style of book, and besides I'm well enough acquainted with WWI to be able to see t...more
    Chiara Pagliochini
    « … Come potremo imparare dai nostri errori se lasciate che il popolo tedesco creda a bugie come questa? »
    « La gente si sentirà demoralizzata se penserà che siamo stati sconfitti. »
    « Dovrebbe sentirsi demoralizzata! I leader d’Europa hanno agito in modo sbagliato e stupido, e il risultato è stato che sono morti dieci milioni di persone. Lasciate almeno che il popolo lo capisca, così farà in modo che non succeda più! »
    « No » disse suo padre.


    Se dovessi indicare un periodo storico che trovo partico...more
    Cristina Delgado
    Chegada a última página este livro deixou-me com uma mistura de sentimentos.
    Se por um lado não o conseguia largar, e estava sempre curiosa com o que iria acontecer aos mais variados personagens, por outro o tempo livre não era muito.

    Com uma narrativa incrível, quer a nível do enredo e cruzamento de personagens de diferentes nacionalidades, desiludiu-me um pouco no final, em que há um salto de três anos e parece que o destino de alguns personagens chave foi contado à pressa. Claro que é apenas o...more
    Clif Hostetler
    I don't think I ever comprehended the reasons for the start of World War I until I read this fictional account of the era. I have read historical explanations, but the bare facts don't provide a realistic explanation. Starting a world war because of the assassination of an archduke is so illogical that one can't grasp the concept. What kind of reason is that for 16 million deaths and 21 million wounded? The advantage of historical fiction over non-fiction writing is that it can get inside the th...more
    Pbwritr
    I have plodded through this book and I'm putting it down halfway through. I don't want to waste any more time on it. I have read many of Ken Follett's books, starting with Eye of the Needle and Key to Rebecca, both of which mesmerized me decades ago; Pillars of the Earth a number of years ago, which was an astoundingly fabulous tale; and World Without End. I knew the reviews of it weren't that great, but I was intrigued by it anyway. It probably makes a difference that I am a historian, with a m...more
    StoryTellerShannon
    The first of a promised trilogy. Focus is on the early 1900s detailing a vast array of characters affected by the coming Great War (WWI) which helps along the process of women's suffrage, trade unions, topples nobility and the rise of the Bolsheviks in Mother Russia. WWI focus is less on the battles and more on the suffering. The very end of this 1000 page tale shows the aftermath of the war and the ominous foreboding of another World War to come.

    TRIVIA: Woodrow Wilson was the first president t...more
    Pedro Marques
    Apesar de ser principalmente conhecido pela escrita de thrillers policiais e de espionagem, são os romances históricos de Ken Follett que mais me fascinam. Apesar da escrita simples (ou talvez, por isso mesmo) li, maravilhado e de apenas um fôlego, os dois volumes de “Os pilares da Terra”, que figuram entre os meus favoritos. Seguidamente, atirei-me aos dois volumes de “Um mundo sem fim” que, embora tendo achado ligeiramente menos bom, me deram igualmente imenso prazer a ler. O pior que li de Ke...more
    Linda C
    Looks like I'm in the minority here, but I didn't like this book very much. I really feel that it deserves only two stars, but I'm reluctantly giving it a third in recognition of the work involved in producing a 1000 page tome.

    I love this time period and was eagerly looking forward to this book. I expected it to be great. Sadly, the book didn't live up to the hype and exposed Follett's shortcomings as an author. Unfortunately, the man can't develop characters to save his life. Each of the main c...more
    Cata
    "Existem dois aspectos que me agradaram muito: o índice de personagens no início do livro e a Nota do Autor no final. Antes de começar a história, Ken Follet criou um índice muito bem organizado no qual dividiu as personagens por nacionalidades e, dentro de cada nacionalidade, organizou-as por famílias. Este índice é muito útil quando estamos a ter os primeiros contactos com as personagens, porque ajuda a localizar-mo-nos. Na nota do autor- sob o título Personagens Históricas- ele diz-nos que te...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.

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