A month ago I did a review for the “Fall of Giants” which is the first volume of the “Century Trilogy” written by Ken Follett. As I’ve said in that article, I fell in love with Ken Follett‘s writing style after the first words. Even though I’ve read all three almost 1000 pages books in less than a month, I decided to treat them in separate reviews because each book is so complex, and I don’t want to mingle the emotions each one gave me. The “Winter of the World” is the second volume of the series, and in Romania, it is published by RAO Books.
How the pass of time affected the characters and the plot of the book
If the first book leaves you after the World War I, this one presents the same families on the verge of the World War II. We all tend when reading a book to have that one favorite character which we want to survive until the end of the story. I must confess, that after the first book, my favorite ones were Maud Fitzherbert and Ethel Williams, so I really really wanted to know how they are handling the pass of time. I didn’t waste any hour between the two volumes. I’ve just put the first one on the bookshelf and took the second one out. Because of this, I didn’t realize that more than 20 years passed between the two and all the characters had children of their own, and those offsprings are now the persons involved in the society with its daily issues. At first, I was a bit confused and disappointed, but soon after, I started to resonate with the new generation of characters and love or hate each and every one of them.
Love, hate, suffer and relief
I have no words of describing how furious and disgust made this book made me feel. I don’t know if I hated the Nazis more, with their concentration camps and Aktion T4 program, or the Russians who came to free Germany of Hitler’s tyranny and reaped, killed and stolen anything they laid eyes on. However, the book has also sweet and lovely parts for those who have a soft spot for romantic tales, so every kind of reader cand find a part that will love.
As a Reading Badger, I recommend this series to everybody, but I do not suggest other people do read it in the manner I did. I forgot to eat, sleep or socialize because of this saga. So, take your time, enjoy the books and understand what each story has to say.