#4 Fall of Giants – Ken Follett

3 Dec

The Century Trilogy – Book 1 of 3

Fall of Giants - Front Cover

Fall of Giants – Front Cover

Goodreads rating: 4.14 (35,000+ ratings)

My rating: 9/10

Why it’s on the list: About  5 or so months ago I was looking for book recommendations (Around the same time I started The List), and a good friend of mine recommended it to me. When she first sent me the synopsis I said no straight away, because it sounded long, rambling and boring. But once I saw another summary I decided to read it, and I’m so glad I did.

First published: September 28th, 2010 by Pan Macmillan

Genre: Historical Fiction, Epic

Fall of Giants follows five interrelated families from America, Germany, Russia, Wales & England and is set between 1911 and 1924, and covers huge events including WWI, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. It is full of love, scandalous sex, betrayal, war, loss, hatred, family ties, loyalty (both to family and country) and aristocracy.

When I first bought this book, I couldn’t believe how HUGE it seemed. But thankfully, it’s broken up into chapters that have small ‘mini-chapters’ within it, which makes it much easier to tackle. The story is so easy to get lost in, and the great thing about it is that you can totally relate to the people and their stories, even though it was set almost 100 years ago.

Cast of Characters - Fall of Giants

Cast of Characters – Fall of Giants

I found myself much more interested in the fate of the English, Welsh and Russian families than the German or the American, however they really are all interrelated and woven within each other that you can’t have one family’s story without the rest of them. Although the chapters jumped from one country to another, it was really easy to keep track of the families thanks to the handy index at the beginning, listing all the families, their acquaintances, and real historical figures from the time, as you can see in the photo to the left.

Every night when I’d read in bed, I felt like I was losing myself in a totally different world, and once I’d finished the book I felt like I was saying goodbye to old friends. I think whenever you feel like you’re going to miss a book and its characters, you’ve found a gem.

Bits & pieces

  • Fall of Giants was checked by eight historians. [Source]

-H-

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8 Responses to “#4 Fall of Giants – Ken Follett”

  1. Indi December 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Hi Han! Your book taste is far too intellectual for me but I am enjoying reading your posts. My taste is brainless chick lit hehe so hope you review one of those soon! x

    • hms1990 December 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

      Oh don’t worry! There will be all sorts of genres I promise. But ‘Fall of Giants’ is a VERY easy read and easy to follow.

      I’ve read a fair few chick-lit in my time, but not for a while. I’ll review some soon. Maybe you could try reading some of these to expand your reading tastes!! x

      • Indi December 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

        I have tried, I just can’t get into them 🙂

        I have simple literary tastes obviously!

      • hms1990 December 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

        Nothing wrong with that! Hopefully there’ll be something you’d enjoy soon 🙂

  2. Celeste May 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I love a book that can make me get totally lost in it. I am not into historical fiction but I will read a great historical fiction if one gets recommended. I will definitely put Fall of Giants on my ever growing list.

    • hms1990 May 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

      You will 100% lose yourself in Fall of Giants. I’ve only recently started becoming interested in reading Historical Fiction, but this has to be one of my favourite books I’ve read. Definitely add it to the list!

      • Celeste May 18, 2013 at 12:30 am #

        Thanks for your recommendation 🙂

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