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[Read Kindle] ò O Inverno do Mundo Ô Depois do extraordin rio xito de repercuss o internacional alcan ado pelo primeiro livro desta trilogia, A Queda dos Gigantes, retomamos a hist ria no ponto onde a deix mos A segunda gera o das cinco fam lias cujas vidas acompanh mos no primeiro volume assume pouco a pouco o protagonismo, a par de figuras hist ricas e no contexto das situa es reais, desde a ascens o do Terceiro Reich, atrav s da Guerra Civil de Espanha, durante a luta feroz entre os Aliados e as pot ncias do Eixo, o Holocausto, o come o da era at mica inaugurada em Hiroxima e Nagas qui, at ao in cio da Guerra Fria Como no volume anterior, a totalidade do quadro nos oferecido como um vasto fresco que evolui a um ritmo de complexidade sempre crescente I was a fan of Ken Follett s previous books Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and, to an extent, Fall of Giants but I really didn t enjoy this book I felt like he phoned it in or rushed to get it out quickly, which was disappointing My main problems with the novel were 1 unrealistic dialogue 2 extremely predictable plot points 3 characters you don t really care about although I did have a warm spot for Daisy and 4 lack of nuance complexity in characters However, I did think I was a fan of Ken Follett s previous books Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, and, to an extent, Fall of Giants but I really didn t enjoy this book I felt like he phoned it in or rushed to get it out quickly, which was disappointing My main problems with the novel were 1 unrealistic dialogue 2 extremely predictable plot points 3 characters you don t really care about although I did have a warm spot for Daisy and 4 lack of nuance complexity in characters However, I did think Follett did a commendable job at somehow packaging the main events of 20 years into a compelling, readable fiction Not only does he address the obvious historical events of World War II, but he also shed light on the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project, which was interesting and informative I read criticism that he glosses over the Depression, the Stalinist purges of the 30s, and the Holocaust, and he certainly does, but I did like that he looks at the treatment of people with disabilities in Nazi Germany You don t really come across that in many books about World War II era Germany, and it was horrific and sickening and, I think, very important for us to never forget Another critique of this book on GoodReads said that Follett is not a good writer, but a master storyteller, and I agree I thought his writing was atrocious in parts, eyeroll worthy in others, and I frequently flipped through five or six pages at a time, not bothering to read them because it was so obvious what was going to happen it was boring, but at the same timeI DID keep reading, all 900 pages, so that tells you something You still want to find out what happens at the end, even if it s hard to summon up the energy to care about Greg Peshkov or even Woody Dewar, who I m sure is a great guy and all, but is not terribly interesting nor three dimensional Maybe Follett s arena the 20th century and families from Germany, England, Wales, America, and Russia is just too broad and ambitious, yet I ve read generational stories that span countries or years that have been done to great success Aksyonov s Generations of Winter,John Jakes North and South.Also the sex stuff IS a little much, and I m by no means a prude when it comes to sex scenes in literature But honestly, Follett writes about it way too much, to the point where I think that s why the characters come off as so flat and two dimensional And the sex scenes are ludicrously written One of them contained something about how a character squirted all over this girl and the description was so disgusting and infantile I said ew out loud while reading Look, I m sure sex scenes are hard to write but Follett s just came across as something a barely pubescent boy would write Will I read the third book of the trilogy Maybe I won t rush out to buy it I d wait until it s out in paperback and get it at the library for a beach read I read the first of this trilogy Fall of Giants It was excellent Winter of the World continues in the same superlative fashion The narrative is quick and absorbing Through the eyes of interesting characters, you get a front row seat in the most memorable historical events that were really not that long ago The first book took me inside the world my grandparents experienced This one transported me into the events that shaped my parents The book provides in depth perspectives and describe I read the first of this trilogy Fall of Giants It was excellent Winter of the World continues in the same superlative fashion The narrative is quick and absorbing Through the eyes of interesting characters, you get a front row seat in the most memorable historical events that were really not that long ago The first book took me inside the world my grandparents experienced This one transported me into the events that shaped my parents The book provides in depth perspectives and describes how people actually felt at the time There is a handy map of the world on the inside covers It shows all the cities where events transpire Ken Follett is a master storyteller His books are extremely interesting and thoroughly enjoyable I eagerly await the third in this series My rating would have been 2 and one half stars if Goodreads had given me the option Plus I think the divergence of this review from the average of the reviews for the book is as much due to the cognitive dissonance of not really enjoying a book that you ve slogged thru 960 pages to complete, than a passionate embrace of Winter As much as I liked the first volume of Follett s 20th Century Trilogy Fall of Giants I was disappointed by this second installment The back cover blurb The My rating would have been 2 and one half stars if Goodreads had given me the option Plus I think the divergence of this review from the average of the reviews for the book is as much due to the cognitive dissonance of not really enjoying a book that you ve slogged thru 960 pages to complete, than a passionate embrace of Winter As much as I liked the first volume of Follett s 20th Century Trilogy Fall of Giants I was disappointed by this second installment The back cover blurb These characters and many others find themselves inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century If that sounds like the TV show, Law Order s breathless ripped from the headlines, you ll understand the decaying of literacy to pulp we have in this awkward middle child The first test of great historical fiction is did it get the history right Ken Follett, no surprise, has got the history down pat I ve read quite extensively about the period leading up to and including the Second World War and I think Follett got the pulse of the times and the events aligned to their proper significance, including the important occurrences on the margin e.g., the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project.The second test, which truly separates the excellent historical fiction from the good is the use of characters and their reactions to and against the riptide of events With all due respect to the above quoted blurb, it is this area where we are let down This cast and their human weaknesses and strengths fail to fully inform and make rational the seemingly contradictory and incoherent implosions and dynamisms of the time Follett continues with the next generation s of the interrelated families he introduced us to in Fall American, German, Russian, English and Welsh But here, the sweep of characters instead of being broad feelsincestious They fail to reveal their world in a fashion better than nonfiction For example, just considering the rise of the Nazi s, last year s In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson is muchrevelatory Which is harsh indictment of a piece of historical fiction This is the second of what Follett is calling his Century Trilogy Both Follett and installment one are enough to keep me encouraged for the concluding volume, but I am a little leery especially given the working title Edge of Eternity But I guess that is better than Springtime for the Plutocrats Ken Follett is a mediocre writer, but a stellar storyteller His characters are cardboard, his dialogue wooden and on the nose, his prose pedestrian and perfunctory As for his punctuation of dialogue ugh I said Please take away Follett s colon key, stat No, Ken, a colon is not interchangeable with a comma But still the pages demand to be turned.WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right after FALL OF THE GIANTS, with the sons and daughters of the latter novel s characters facing the Spanish C Ken Follett is a mediocre writer, but a stellar storyteller His characters are cardboard, his dialogue wooden and on the nose, his prose pedestrian and perfunctory As for his punctuation of dialogue ugh I said Please take away Follett s colon key, stat No, Ken, a colon is not interchangeable with a comma But still the pages demand to be turned.WINTER OF THE WORLD picks up right after FALL OF THE GIANTS, with the sons and daughters of the latter novel s characters facing the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the start of the Cold War Oddly enough, the Depression is pretty much glossed over and doesn t seem to affect anyone While the book does focus on a German family, the rise of Hitler is depicted as a forceful takeover by a bullying, thuggish mob and the economic conditions that helped him rise are pretty much non existent The book also follows wealthy and or privileged American, Russian and British families not much affected by the economy, and even the Welsh working class characters of FALL OF THE GIANT are solidly middle class and Members of Parliament in this book But aside from the curious lack of the Depression, the book hits all the highlights of mid 20th century history Follett doesn t stray far from the popular, accepted narrative of World War II Nazis and Russian secret police bad Americans Brits decent sorts His German characters are all fervent anti Nazis, of course, with one exception but he s depicted as weak willed and easily led The Russians are a bitnuanced, despising Stalin s violent excesses but seeing them as necessary steps on the road to communist paradise The Americans are oddly apolitical, even when serving in the US government Follett mentions but doesn t examine too closely Roosevelt s land lease program nor the big US companies who did business with Nazi Germany The international political maneuvering was a highlight in FALL OF THE GIANTS I was sad not to seeof it in this book.So if anyone needs an entertaining Cliff Notes to European History 1933 1949, this might hit the spot Cliff Notes in terms that the history is briefly and concisely presented it s certainly not Cliff Notes in length