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Winter of the World by Ken Follett
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Jan 20, 2013

really liked it
bookshelves: books-set-in-england, books-set-in-germany, books-set-in-dc, books-set-in-russia, fiction, historical-fiction
Read in November, 2012

I listened to this book, rather than reading it in paper, because it was the least expensive way for me to get it immediately after finishing Fall of Giants. I'm a sucker for these sweeping saga types of book and my only regret is that now I have to wait for the next in the trilogy to be published. The reader did an excellent job with the many accents needed for this tale which follows members of five families (Welsh, English, German, Russian and American) with various connections to each other through the twentieth century and all its wars and upheavals. Since a much longer series I've been reading (Cynthis Harrod-Eagles's Morland Dynasty series)has reached a similar stage in history, it was interesting to compare the two. I'd say it's safe to say Ken Follett votes Labour and quite possible Cynthia Harrod-Eagles votes Tory. Their descriptions of the General Strike which took place in England in 1926 were quite different! In Winter of the World I especially was impressed by Follett's tracing of the changes in German society from the Weimar Republic to the Nazi takeover. Recommended.

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Winnie Gichuru I loved reading this book. It had it all: intrigue, humuor, suspense and captive. Follet has a way of pulling you into the scene to the point that you feel like you are part of the action. Great the way he was able to bring out the atrocities of Hitler especially the handicapped. Also bringing out the effects war has on women and the girl-child. To this day, humankind has never learnt. I can hardly wait for the next half of the century!!!!!

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