I’m reading the last book in Ken Follett’s The Century Trilogy, Edge of Eternity. My book club is reading the second book Winter of the World this month. I got a sample of the first book, Fall of Giants, before I began the second one. I debated whether to read all the first one, but frugality won out. I was hooked as I came to the end Winter of the Word; I purchased Edge of Eternity. I finished them both.
Follett, a history buff, tackles a tale that covers the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. I needed to refer to charts of the five interrelated families as I become acquainted with them. He manages to bring to life each character, as well as writing with historical accuracy.
I was astounded that political struggles are portrayed so well through the characters.
Fascism, an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization; communism a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs; socialism, a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole, democracy, a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
I’ve read many of Follett’s books. Among the most memorable are Pillars of the Earth, Man from St. Petersburg and Lie Down With Lions.