February Book of The Month: Edge of Eternity
As you can only expect, a new month brings along with it the promise of a new Book Club read. This month, we’re reading Welsh author, Ken Follett’s, ‘Edge of Eternity’. This book is the final installment in a series of three books which together make up the Century Trilogy.
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In the Century Trilogy, the author documents the lives of five wealthy families and the spaces they consequently inhabit during the dawn of the twentieth century. The first book, Fall of Giants, focusing on the First World War and the Russian Revolution, was published worldwide on 28 September 2010.
The second book, Winter of the World, featuring the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, and the development of nuclear weapons, was published in September 2012. The third novel, Edge of Eternity came out in September 2014 set during the Cold War. Spanning through the social, political and economic pressures of 1960-1970 Europe, we grow with these individuals as they experience life in their own extremities.
About the book, The Guardian said, ‘As always with Ken, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion. With the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again’
Follett once again benefits from detailed research. For this book, he said, ‘I rode a bus from Washington to Atlanta, to see some of the sights encountered by the college students and other protesters who flocked from the North to stand alongside the African-Americans who risked their lives in a campaign to nudge the promise of “all men are created equal” closer to reality.’
His fictional cast includes George Jakes, a young African-American man working in Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department. George is the illegitimate son of a white US senator and his African-American mistress. According to sources, Follett’s research included discussing JFK’s infidelities with Mimi Alford, whose 2011 memoir described her days as a White House intern, where she became one of many presidential mistresses.
What Follett has achieved in these novels is remarkable, juggling plots and characters and timelines while keeping the pages turning over the course of three long but very satisfying books.
We hope you concur, and that you can read the book along with us.
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