‘The Edge of Eternity’ is the third and final book in Ken Follett’s 20th Century Trilogy, following on from ‘Fall of Giants’ and ‘Winter of the World’. All three books follow the lives of 5 families introduced in ‘Fall of Giants’ who find themselves in the middle of historic events of the 20th century.
This book covers the period 1961-1989, with the fight for Civil Rights in America, the assassinations of the Kennedy Brothers and Martin Luther King, the war in Vietnam, and the oppression within and eventual breakup of the USSR – all overlaid with rock n roll.
The period of time covered by this book is so full of historic events, that Ken Follett had to be fairly selective (yes, 1000+ pages is selective), so the book probably covers those events most important to America and Americans (I’m guessing here). For me, I was initially surprised by what was and wasn’t included.
Most of the characters were excellent, although in the early parts of the book I struggled to keep track of them because there were so many. Eventually, as I got to know them, the main characters shone through. It is a while since I read ‘Winter of the World’ and I couldn’t always remember how the ancestors of this book’s characters fitted into the story.
I enjoyed this book. It is very well written and very readable. I almost feel that there should be another book to cover events that were left out of this one.
You will need to set aside a good stretch of time to read this book, because it is huge and detailed. And you’ll probably enjoy it most if you’re American and Democrat.
Book Published 2014