Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Book One of the Century Trilogy

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11 Critic Reviews

Mr. Follett’s true strength as a writer is to make us care about the main characters despite their human frailties and understand their motivations.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage.

A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in the mining pits.…An American law student rejected in love finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson’s White House.… A housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maud Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with a German spy.…And two orphaned Russian brothers embark on radically different paths when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution.

From the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty, Fall of Giants takes us into the inextricably entangled fates of five families—and into a century that we thought we knew, but that now will never seem the same again.…
 

About Ken Follett

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Ken Follett nació en Cardiff (Gales) y cuando tenía diez años su familia se mudó a Londres. Se licenció en filosofía en la Universidad de Londres y posteriormente se dedicó al periodismo. Durante sus años de reportero empezó a escribir obras de ficción. Sin embargo hasta 1978 no se convirtió en escritor de éxito, con la publicación de El ojo de la aguja. A partir de entonces, cada novela de Ken Follett se convierte en un éxito internacional. Actualmente vive en una vieja rectoría de Hertfordshire con su esposa Barbara.
 
Published August 30, 2011 by Signet. 865 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Fall of Giants
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Boylan on Sep 30 2010

Follett is of the old school of didactic novelists, combining a boisterous tale with an uplifting lesson in history and civics.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 23 2010

“Fall of Giants” is less exotic. It is most memorable as a test of readers’ fortitude....If only they had gotten off to a less plodding start.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Gary Anderson on Nov 19 2010

Mr. Follett’s true strength as a writer is to make us care about the main characters despite their human frailties and understand their motivations.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Oct 10 2010

Unfortunately, there is a rote quality to "Fall of Giants" reminiscent of a picture painted by numbers: It lacks depth and is short on originality.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by William Sheehan on Sep 19 2010

Perhaps the major reasons for the novel's ultimate success are Follett's comprehensive grasp of the historical record and his ability to integrate research into a colorful, engaging narrative.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Melinda Bargreen on Sep 25 2010

...he's writing several interrelated books at once, without ever losing the inevitable forward impulse. And while it sounds bizarre to consider a book this huge a "page-turner," that's exactly what "Fall of Giants" is.

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Tampa Bay Times

Below average
Reviewed by Julia Keller on Oct 31 2010

The book tops out at 985 pages but, because it is so sloppy and bloated, feels five times that long.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Johnson on Aug 23 2012

...few novelists besides Follett can make such a broad sweep of history so accessible and consistently entertaining.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Star-Ledger Staff on Sep 26 2010

His fans will rejoice at the richness, complexity, historical sweep and simmering lust in a saga spanning the years 1911 to 1923, with a cast ranging from the despicable to the indomitable.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Craig Wilson on Sep 29 2010

It's a book that will suck you in, consume you for days or weeks...then let you out the other side both entertained and educated.

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Florence Newspaper

Good
Reviewed by S.A. Salenius on Nov 23 2010

The flow of action is intense, yet seamless as the intricately woven story absorbs the reader’s attention. Simply brilliantly written engaging narrative.

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