Ken Follett

trilogyI’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.

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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.

Definitions

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.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Ken Follett

  1. I recently read Edge of Eternity for my book club, and loved it – I learned so much about the politics I grew up with. I was amused to discover Nixon brought about his own downfall by bugging himself, and it chilled me to realise how close we came to nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis. I’m glad I was too young to know what was going on, it must have been terrifying.

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