Fall of Giants – Ken Follett

January 13, 2011

fall-of-giants1I am sorry to say that this book was my biggest reading disappointment of the year. As soon as I found out that Ken Follett had a new historical fiction book I ran out and bought it. I was so

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excited to start it, especially since Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are two of my all time favorites. I couldn’t have been happier to read about this time period which takes place between 1911 – 1925 and will span over a century in a planned trilogy….however for me this book left me wanting more about these wonderful characters Mr. Follett developed and less details about the war that was going on. The story starts out with 2 young boys going to work for their first day in the coal mine along with the rest of the men in the town of Aberowen, South Whales.The writing is so vivid that you feel the excitement and fear that these boys are feeling in the darkness of the mine. I was immediately captivated with the book. You then learn abut the 4 other families in the book that range from the Russian Aristocracy, to Woodrow Wilson in the White House in the United States, as well as Britain and Germany. Here is what goes wrong for me. In the first 1/4 of the book Follett introduces all the characters and their stories. You get so caught up in the book and how their lives will be changed with the impending war but once the war breaks out, for me it became so technical with the back and forth of the details of the war. I was more interested in the characters then every little

movement in the war. So I admit I skimmed a lot of pages in the middle to read about the characters and then once the war ended and families where reunited I tuned back in to get all my

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relationship questions answered. With all that said I have ready many reviews on the book and I am definitely in the minority and most people loved this book. I have to also say that I am pretty sure that I will try again read the next one.