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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
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Dec 09, 2010

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Some reviewers were loathe to call Ken Follett a mediocre writer outright, choosing instead to soften their criticisms with varying levels of diplomacy. The Washington Post noted that "Follett may not be Tolstoy, but he knows how to tell a compelling, well-constructed story," and the Seattle Times commended Follett for not indulging "in high flights of literary artistry." The Chicago Sun-Times also found the multiple narratives intriguing, despite the "sometimes clunky dialogue." Other reviewers were less impressed, calling the book predictable, formulaic, and overheated, with unsuccessful attempts at both characterization and connecting the political with the personal. Readers willing to tackle the nearly 1,000 pages may very well enjoy themselves, but the New York Times warns: "It is most memorable as a test of readers' fortitude." Stay tuned for Book II, The Winter of the World. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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Libby I really enjoyed it as a Sumer read and truthfully found its lengthy plot and multitude of characters valuable when I sat down to catch up with Downton Abby. Very similar!

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