Historical novels and film documentaries about wars are commonplace. But with hundreds of millions of people having died in them through the millennia, it has been necessary for authors and cinemakers to limit the scope. If the list of characters goes on and on, the reader and viewer is overwhelmed.
The Century: Winter Of The World by Ken Follett, 818 pp, 2012 Macmillan hardcover. Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops, 950 baht.
In his Century trilogy, encompassing the highlights of the 20th century, ace British writer Ken Follett does his best to confine events to their essentials, but even so presents us with an encyclopaedia of material. Winter Of The World under review, second in the trilogy following Fall Of Giants, contains five pages of dramatis personae.
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