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 ranges from Cable Street in London’s East End to Pearl Harbour 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, this is a magnificent, spellbinding epic of global conflict and personal drama.
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Auteur(s) : Gringo le 19/07/2018
Great history but feable feelings
A good fly through the main developments of the period. The intertwined caracters and families represent different perspectives, though I found that much more clumsy and overstated in this book compared to the first. Some representations were unexpected and interesting, worth looking up. The political descriptions were always interesting and rich. But... the sentimental stuff is really bad! The main description of caracters (especially women - except one descripted as rather ugly and that never even speaks though close to her main caracter!) is "sexy", which, apart from being rather annoying, seems like quite an anachronism at that level of use. The (many) sex scenes are ridiculous, very much man-Fantasie. They are only topped by every single detail regarding pregnancy, birth (omg those scenes!!) and motherhood, for which apparently the author did not bother to do any research.
The reading was ok, though the accents of the reader often seem very random. One fat mistake bothered me though, and it goes throughout the entire book - he mispronounced Gestapo, how can that happen in such a story?!
In short: I can recommend the book for the history lesson, but the sentimental clumsyness of the too-male writing really put me off. I enjoyed the first book better and will probably not buy the third.
Auteur(s) : Leticia C. le 04/08/2016
Prenant et très bien lu. Attention cependant certains passages ont été coupés ou bien l'enregistrement saute à plusieurs reprises, notamment au cours de la dernière scène.
En ce qui concerne la structure, on navigue de façon incroyablement fluide entre les années et les personnages que tout séparé et qui sont pourtant si liés. Merci !