Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ken Follett’s The Century Trilogy Books Reviewed

Ken Follett’s The Century Trilogy Books Reviewed
I am thoroughly enjoying Ken Follett’s the Century Trilogy and totally unable to put it down.

The three books are based on what happened in world history between the years of 1911 and 2008. Those story lines include the Russian Revolution, the suffrage movement, the rise of Nazi Germany, World War II, the atomic age, the Cold War, civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution, rock and roll and of course both good and bad from all of those time periods.

To tell this story, Follett skillfully weaved together generations of five families from America, Russia, Germany, England and Wales.

I picked up the first book, FALL OF GIANTS, as a good long read for our recent Panama Canal cruise and I have been steadily working my way through the series for a couple of months. I am often pulled away kicking and screaming from books in order to turn my attention to an “assigned” book club book. Leaving the second book, WINTER OF THE WORLD, for a grumpy old geezer in A MAN CALLED OVE was downright difficult although worthwhile in the end.

Currently, I have had to put the third book, EDGE OF ETERNITY, down to read LEAN IN, a book about women, work, and the will to lead, which is not compulsive reading for me and definitely not middle-of-the-night when-you-cannot-sleep reading.

Ken Follett FALL OF GIANTS Century Trilogy 1

Ken Follett Winter of the World Century Trilogy 2

Ken Follett Edge of Eternity Century Trilogy 3

Anyway, in case you cannot tell from my enthusiasm, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Ken Follett’s Century trilogy. I caution that as a world history book it definitely has violence and it also has sexual content. However, I believe that most of the violence and some of the sexual content was required to tell this realistic story.

The three-book series contains 2,991 pages and each book is encyclopedic in length so for ease of reading I highly recommend purchasing it as an eBook or if not an eBook, then as a paperback book. We own the hardcover version and each I just weighed them and discovered that each one weighs an average of just over 3 pounds. They are heavy. Ordinarily, I prefer to read physical books because I spend much of my working life using a computer but in this case because of the sheer weight of these books I really, truly preferred to read them on my cellphone.

You can find the Century Trilogy in hardcover, paperback and electronic versions on Amazon by clicking right here. I looked for and with some difficulty eventually found a boxed set both in paperback and hardcover editions. You can find the gift sets here. I believe that this series would make an absolutely brilliant gift idea for anyone male or female who likes a good historical novel. Of course, gifting the first volume alone would be a good idea, too.

Is there a movie? No, there is not and Follett himself says in this Washington Post interview, that if they were to make a mini-series that it would be the longest mini-series ever made, that it would be very expensive to make at least partly because he would not allow it to be done cheaply and that a mini-series was therefore, not likely to happen.

Have you read Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy? Are there any other Follett books that you have read, thoroughly loved and would recommend to us?

See you at the bookstore!

Brenda
Treasures By Brenda

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12 comments:

  1. I feel certain that my husband and my father would enjoy reading these books. I have purchased Ken Follett books for them in the past and I can't imagine how in the world I missed these. They both love history. Sadly, violence is a big part of history, as is sex. You could hardly write a historical fiction that would have any believability without them. Thank you for an excellent review and recommendation and just in time for Father's Day!

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  2. I agree with Cynthia that this trilogy would make a most excellent Father's Day gift. Though I'm certainly familiar with author Ken Follett's name, I've never read any of his books. But your enthusiasm makes me think that perhaps I'd enjoy trying this series as well. I love learning real history through the eyes and actions of fictional characters, especially from an author who has a track record of writing amazing books.

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  3. I've never read Ken Follett, but my brother has and really enjoys his books. I've always been interested in world history, so I think I'd really enjoy this trilogy. Thanks so much for telling me about them.

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  4. I remember thoroughly enjoying Pillars of the Earth a few years ago so I will have to look into this trilogy. I will take your suggestion and go for an electronic version though - especially handy when my eyes are getting tired, but I don't want to put the book up as I can adjust the font size!

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  5. I have a birthday coming up soon and my kids are always asking me what I want, well thank you for this review! I already love Ken Follett for his style of writing so either, any or all of these would be perfect. Now momma needs an eReader too.....

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  6. If any of you read this series, I hope you enjoy it as much as I am. I have been told by a number of series that the Pillars of the Earth series is even better so I have that to look forward to! Thank you for your visits!

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  7. I have read all three of these books and thoroughly enjoyed them Good tevirw

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  8. I have read all three of these books and thoroughly enjoyed them Good tevirw

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  9. I've not yet read this author. Your review has piqued my interest, but I'll have to wait until I have time to devote to hours of reading in a short period of time.

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  10. This trilogy sounds fabulous. I have a feeling I'd get very caught up in it. I'll have to add it to my gift list.

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  12. Love Ken Follett! Pillars of the Earth was a really great novel so I am sure I would enjoy this trilogy too! I stayed up all night reading Pillars!

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