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La caída de los gigantes

(The Century Trilogy #1)

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  228,720 ratings  ·  13,060 reviews
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
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Paperback, 1024 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Debolsillo (first published September 28th 2010)
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Helene Definitely. I finished it in 1 week - only reading it on my commute which is 30 minutes. I also loved Pillars of the Earth but that one took me 5…moreDefinitely. I finished it in 1 week - only reading it on my commute which is 30 minutes. I also loved Pillars of the Earth but that one took me 5 tries. This one I got into immediately. Only sorry I didn't carry the 2nd book with me.(less)
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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
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Mohammed Arabey
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ينصحني أبي دائما أن من يقرأ الجغرافيا،التاريخ والأحداث السياسية هو مثقفا بحق

فماذا عن رواية تمزج بين الجغرافيا السياسية واﻷحداث التاريخية مع دراما متميزة وشخصيات متعددة
ثلاثية القرن العشرين لكين فوليت ثلاثية ضخمة اﻷحداث والدراما ،صراعات الدول وثوراتها وحروبها


لوردات بريطانيا بغطرستهم وبيوتهم الضخمة والخدم، مناجم الفحم وثورة العمال، والمطالبات بحقوق المرأة
اﻷلمان وقرارات الحرب المتسرعة التي قد تقضي علي كل شئ..من قصص حب فردية حتي علاقاتهم بالدول

إستبداد القيصر الروسي وحكومته وشرطته الفاسدة، رغبة الروس
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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
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Matt
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Genia Lukin
Sep 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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Dana Ilie
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sweeping epic with the pace of a thriller, I could scarcely put it down.
This ambitious novel, the first of a projected trilogy covering most of the 20th century, tells the story of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English and Welsh—as they negotiate the tremendous events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Through the various characters—and there are quite a few—we witness the First World War in the trenches and in the halls of government, from each side of
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Graeme
Jun 10, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
R.K. Gold
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So addictive!
I am posting a review on YouTube. My review is entirely character-based, because the plot is just World War I. If you enjoy multi generational family sagas this trilogy is a must read. It has a healthy batch of heroes and assholes that make your skin crawl. I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I’ll just end this with Eff you Earl Fitzherbert you’re a selfish prick 😂
Choko
*** 3.33 ***

"...“Men were the only animals that slaughtered their own kind by the million, and turned the landscape into a waste of shell craters and barbed wire. Perhaps the human race would wipe itself out completely, and leave the world to the birds and trees, Walter thought apocalyptically. Perhaps that would be for the best.”..."

Here we are again, reading another tome by Ken Follett and trying to pinpoint my feelings about it. Not an easy task, I tell you that. As always, he is being hail
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Ken Follet’s style quickly engrossed me into the characters and their lives. The book follows the lives of several families in the events that led up to the First World War and the crisis afterwards. We see it from the perspective of an English Noblemen, an English working class family, a pair of Russian brothers, a German with strong prospects in government and an undersecretary working for the Wilson administration. Through this we get a multi-dimensional view of the war.

A complete picture of
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Denise
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating epic tale!, August 5, 2010


This review is from: Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) (Hardcover)
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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
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Matt
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, audiobook
First and foremost, happy 2015! What a novel to begin a new year reading and absorbing!

After being highly impressed with the Pillars series created by Follett, I hoped to find as much depth and development in the Century Trilogy.The premise, following the fates of five interrelated families against a backdrop of world events is brilliant in its imagining and stellar in its delivery. The reader is introduced to Billy Williams early in the novel, as he enters the Welsh mining pits. His family acts
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Dem
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At 985 pages, Fall of the Giants is a massive tome and the first book in The Century Trilogy, follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

These characters find their lives inextricably entangled in a saga of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St. Petersburg,
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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
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Definitely my favourite WWI history novel I have read thus far. Beautifully captures the troubles of WWI on all spectrums, not just politically or on the battlefield.
Nikoleta
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Ένα εκπληκτικό πέρασμα σε μια από τις πιο σημαντικές δεκαετίες του ταραχώδη 20ου αιώνα. Γραμμένο με ευλαβική προσήλωση στην ακρίβεια των ιστορικών αναφορών και ταυτόχρονα με διασκεδαστική δράση. Οι ήρωες είναι πολλοί, Άγγλοι ευγενείς και Άγγλοι ανθρακωρύχοι, ένας Γερμανός πρέσβης, ένας Αμερικανός και δυο ρωσικά αλητάκια. Βιώνουν απίστευτες στιγμές της ιστορίας και μέσα από τις υπέροχες περιγραφές του Φολλετ, και εμείς μαζί τους. Βιώνουμε τον πρώτο παγκόσμιο πόλεμο από την σκοπιά της Αγγλίας, της ...more
Maria
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Margarida
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Allison
Fall of Giants is a door stopper, one of those books that makes me glad I have an e-reader for the sake of my wrists. At close to 1000 pages, it's long, and at times it feels like it. The first time I tried to read it, I didn't have the patience, but this time, I settled in for the long haul, determined to give it some time. That patience made all the difference.

This is an astounding historical epic. It takes the events leading up to World War I and the Russian Revolution and fills them with ch
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Jo
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I can rate a book pretty quickly, without giving much thought to it, but this one, was difficult. I'm fairly neutral with how I feel about this book. I've definitely read worse, but then I've read better as well. This has been hailed as a masterpiece. This is no masterpiece and in my experience, it quickly became a headache.
There are some aspects of the book that I did like, though. I liked the fact that the characters Maud and Ethel were from very different backgrounds but were both c
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Adam
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Srividya
My teens was when I first and I think last read Ken Follett. I wasn't really impressed then with his books, despite those books being touted as some of his best works ever. Well, goes to show how different individual liking can be. So, when I chose to read this book, it was more for the subject than the author, although I had heard a lot of good things about the way the author had written the book etc. Nevertheless, I was sceptical and wasn't really expecting anything better than an average read ...more
Rosie
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ken-follet
Ken Follett habituou-nos a uma cuidada análise histórica, com o refinamento das personagens nos seus diálogos, modos de agir, costumes, mentalidades, tudo devidamente harmonizado com a diversidade de locais e de cenários.

Assistimos à desigualdade social, a frugalidade e miséria do povo em contraposição com a altivez da sociedade privilegiada, com uma mão cheia de recursos, tanto quanto de futilidades. Um corrupio permanente de politiquices, de manipulações num verdadeiro jogo de poder que determ
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Renata
Ken Follett is a spellbinding storyteller. You can count on him to create a complex plot around an almost dizzying array of characters with a vast range of character traits from scoundrels to nobly inspiring as well as throwing in real historical figures.

I listened to his Century Trilogy last year and was thoroughly caught up in both the history and the often times soap opera of the many characters lives. I never really count listening to audio books as reading, but I probably need to revise my
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Aitor Castrillo
La idea de mostrar cómo se desenvuelven cinco familias muy diferentes entre ellas en el marco de la Primera Guerra Mundial es buena.
La novela está perfectamente estructurada y la trama, muy bien narrada, se funde a la perfección con los contrastados hechos históricos.
Los personajes y sus actos me resultaron interesantes y a medida que avanzaba, deseaba conocer lo que iba a ocurrir a continuación.
—¿Pero?
—¿Por qué dices pero?
—Porque pese a todo lo bueno que has dicho... solo le has dado tres estre
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Michael Smith
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
La Talpa
Ein grandioses historisches Meisterwerk über die Zeit des ersten Weltkriegs ❤ Absolut faszinierend und fesseln ❤❤❤

Die Geschichte startet kurz vor dem ersten Weltkrieg und man folgt den verschieden Personen unterschiedlicher Nationen durch diese Zeit und ich bin begeistert, dass es Ken Follett geschafft hat, dass es zu keinem Zeitpunkt langweilig wurde. Es war einfach genial wie er es geschafft hat Geschichte einem so nahe zu bringen.

Man weiß ja eigentlich was geschichtlich zu dieser Zeit alles p
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Rohit Enghakat
Simply stupendous and engaging ! This is a sweeping historical saga from 1911 to 1924 covering principally, the World War I. The myriad characters mingled with the historical events was so interesting that it keeps you hooked. The best part I enjoyed were the opposing views and reasons of both the Germans and the Allies for the occurrence of World War I. The author gives a dual perspective with awesome finesse.

Will take some time off from the Peshkovs, von Ulrichs and Fitzherberts. Whew !!
Teresa
Há cinco meses que carrego os Gigantes. Cheguei a meio e estou a cair de esgotamento. Preciso descansar. Mas prometo que no dia em que festejar o meu centésimo aniversário, recomeço a ler a Trilogia do Século.

As conversas dos senhores da guerra aborrecem-me;
as descrições das batalhas fazem-me sono;
as partes romanceadas emocionam-me menos do que ler a bula dos antibióticos - pois com essa até posso assustar-me imaginando as consequências das contra-indicações.

Reconheço-lhe valor pela lição de h
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Born on June 5th, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of
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The Century Trilogy (3 books)
  • Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
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