One of the things that I love about reading is the ability to go back into history and view events from a different perspective, both in fiction and non-fiction. An epic novel, both in its length – 985 pages – and its scope – covering about 10 years in the early 20th Century – Fall of Giants is a great story and a fascinating look at the events of the time, especially The First World War.
The novel is the story of several families from different parts of the world. The stories do intersect throughout, but they also break off from time to time and we are able to see how historical events – The Great War, but also the Russian Revolution and the movement in Britain for women’s suffrage – impact individual people.
It seems strange to describe a 985 page book as an easy read, but I really thought it was. The characters – including some real-life ones such as Lenin, Winston Churchill, and Woodrow Wilson – were all interesting (obviously some more likeable than others) and the history seems to be incredibly accurate. I did notice a bias toward a particular political view, but to me it did not affect the overall content of the novel.
This is the first novel in a proposed “Century” trilogy, and the ground has been laid with specific mention of the names of the children of the main characters in this novel. I suspect that the second volume will focus on the time around World War II, but that is just a guess; at any rate, I am eagerly awaiting its release.