The Bottom Line
- Although the novel is long, the chapters present very readable blocks and provide a good pace.
- 'Fall of Giants' is a fun way to learn more history.
- Romance, battle scenes, politics, family drama -- 'Fall of Giants' has it all.
- Follett makes us care about specific characters while writing about huge events.
- The characters cross paths more often than is believable.
- Some may feel that events wrap up too neatly (although the end foreshadows future tensions).
- 'Fall of Giants' by Ken Follett was published in September 2010
- Publisher: Dutton
- 1008 pages
Guide Review - 'Fall of Giants' by Ken Follett - Book Review
What makes Fall of Giants great is that it doesn't feel like a history lesson, but the historical facts make it feel real. Conversely, while the characters are involved in class drama, labor issues, war, and romance, all these story lines help the bigger historical events seem more grounded. Ultimately, Fall of Giants is fun to read for both these reasons -- great interpersonal drama between characters and an epic overarching narrative.
I am usually intimidated by books this long, but Follett grabbed my attention immediately. I became so invested in the characters that I was thankful I couldn't finish the book in a weekend. I wanted to spend more time with them. I can't wait to see how future generations affect the rest of twentieth century history.