Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil steps her mother's formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism. He also encounters a group of Germans resolved to oppose Hitler - but are they willing to go so far as to betray their country? Such people are closely watched by Volodya, a Russian with a bright future in Red Army Intelligence.
The international clash of military power and personal beliefs that ensues will sweep over them all as it rages from Cable Street in London's East End to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, from Spain to Stalingrad, from Dresden to Hiroshima.
At Cambridge Lloyd is irresistibly drawn to dazzling American socialite Daisy Peshkov, who represents everything his left-wing family despise. But Daisy is more interested in aristocratic Boy Fitzherbert - amateur pilot, party lover and leading light of the British Union of Fascists.
Back in Berlin, Carla worships golden boy Werner from afar. But nothing will work out the way they expect as their lives and the hopes of the world are smashed by the greatest and cruellest war in the history of the human race.
Winter of the World is the second novel in Ken Follett's uniquely ambitious and deeply satisfying trilogy The Century. On its own or read in sequence with Fall of Giants and Edge of Eternity, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.
BOOK 2 IN THE CENTURY TRILOGY
This second installment of Follett's epic Century trilogy is just as potent, engrossing, and prolix as the opening opus, Fall of Giants. Continuing the histrionics of the five families introduced in Fall, this masterfully conceived novel picks up in 1933 as Carla von Ulrich, 11, feels the horror of Nazi encroachment in Germany and proves a staunch resister, while her older brother, Erik, becomes an infatuated soldier. Elsewhere, English student Lloyd Williams aggressively resists the Fascists in the Spanish Civil War. Later, wealthy American brothers Chuck (a closeted homosexual) and Woody Dewar head to the South Seas to fight the good fight as socialite Daisy Peshkov, Woody's first love, is swept up with Lloyd and the drama of war. Rife with plot lines, interpersonal intrigue, sweeping historical flourishes, and an authentic and compelling cast, this is a tale of dynamic characters struggling to survive during one of the world's darkest periods. While some may find Follett's verbosity daunting, others will applaud his dedication and ability to keep so many plots spinning while delivering a story that educates, entertains, and will leave fans eagerly awaiting the trilogy's crowning capstone.
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A great second part to this story
After reading Fall of Giants I waited eagerly for the second instalment of this epic story. It didn't let me down, I enjoyed remembering the old characters and the way Ken Follett was able to instil a richness in new stories and characters throughout this period of history. Looking forward to the next instalment. Must read Fall of Giants first.
Where's the mini-series?!
A great read....my only criticism is the frequent and unlikely brushes with key historical characters but otherwise this is another gripping read.
Winter of the World
Trilogy 2 flows seamlessly from the first book in the series. The richness of the characters of the first book continues to flow through this book and the character and character flaws of the previous generation are captured within the second generation, and the implications of the "sins" of the fathers" visiting upon the children.
The secrets so marvellously woven throughout the first book come to light in realistic scenes with the revelations being believable, some subtle and others more outright.
The horror of war and the depiction of fascism and raw communism are brutal in the narrative. The comparison with raw capitalism and the class structures of Britain are a vivid picture. The ideological good of all systems are explored and the evil of the corruption of each are presented without being obvious in directing an opinion. The struggle individuals had within each system take the reader into different place and challenges previously held beliefs.
I can't wait to read the "The Edge of Eternity" the third book in the series. It just arrived in my inbox today.