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The Armor of Light: A Novel por Ken Follett
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The Armor of Light: A Novel (edição 2023)

por Ken Follett (Autor)

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"The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new era of manufacturing and industry changed lives everywhere within a generation. A world filled with unrest wrestles for control over this new world order: A mother's husband is killed in a work accident due to negligence; a young woman fights to fund her school for impoverished children; a well-intentioned young man unexpectedly inherits a failing business; one man ruthlessly protects his wealth no matter the cost, all the while war cries are heard from France, as Napoleon sets forth a violent master plan to become emperor of the world. As institutions are challenged and toppled in unprecedented fashion, ripples of change ricochet through our characters' lives as they are left to reckon with the future and a world they must rebuild from the ashes of war."--… (mais)
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Título:The Armor of Light: A Novel
Autores:Ken Follett (Autor)
Informação:Viking (2023), 752 pages
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The Armor of Light por Ken Follett

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I don't know, it was for sure better than The Evening and The Morning. as in far that Follett didn't try to fill pages with senseless smut and violence when he had no idea how to bring the story forward.
On the other hand, it was again same old same old. The upstarter from the peasant class who makes his way despite all the hurdles that are thrown in his way, the middle class characters that were always in love with each other but they didn't find to each other until their golden years of live, and yes, the villain from the noble class, even though here he was only really part of the story in the first half, and not very good developed at that as well.
Which brings us to one of the major flaws, the whole story felt not very well developed, not round and smooth, it felt "too clean" not gritty and dirty, more like a cheap tv movie set with no speck of dust, and with surprisingly mediocre writing.
I had hoped that Waterloo would be the saving grace for this otherwise boring story but alas it wasn't so. On the contrary, I was surprised by how lacklustre Follett wrote about the battles on the continent, be it Spain or Netherlands.
Sure it is one of the most famous battles in European history, but I was surprised that none of the characters played an important role in it and were only bystanders or observers. I mean, I don't recall that Follett had problems before in adding a little bit of made up story to his historic events, so why start now? (Just think about how bad ass heroic Kit and Roger could have been if they would have thrown together a last minute engineering masterpiece to help out the 107 foot?)
Let's see if there will be a last instalment that brings Kingsbridge into the present time ... following his pattern it should be another smut fest again ;-) ( )
  Black-Lilly | Feb 15, 2024 |
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  conceptDawg | Jan 24, 2024 |
If someone gave him a prize for every million copies his books sold, Ken Follett would have 17 of them.
His métier is the long historical saga. The Armor of Light, the fourth novel set in the fictional cathedral town of Kingsbridge, runs more than 700 pages. Each of the Kingsbridge novels is set in a different historical period. The Armor of Light covers the Kingsbridge families of clerics, mill owners, and mill hands from the mid-1790s to the mid-1820s. It gives a much more working-class picture of English society than Jane Austen ever imagined. We follow the clothing industry from hand-spun and hand-woven cloth to batteries of steam-driven looms and the beginnings of card-programmed machines. We hear of the Luddite movement, military impressment, and anti-union laws.
The plot follows four or five central characters with interlocked relationships. The shifting point of view keeps the plot moving, and we are not surprised when several of them find themselves with Wellington at Waterloo. There are middle-class children born out of wedlock, women doing men’s work, and successful same-sex relationships that are more credible than expected.
It is a good long beach read. I found it fun to compare it to other chroniclers of the period, Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, and William Makepeace Thackeray. And I suppose Dickens’s Hard Times deserves a shoutout. Only Dickens could have rivaled Follett for sales. ( )
  Tom-e | Jan 12, 2024 |
Ken Follett does it again with this book! It’s great to return to Kingsbridge in this book set in the late 18th and early 19th Century. As always with Ken Follett he creates great characters, both good and bad, and he does an excellent job of making you have to read on to find out what is going to happen next.

As you can imagine from the time this was set, amongst the Industrial Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, this isn’t all hearts and roses. The authorities are clamping down on the ‘workers’ as they are running scared following the French Revolution and fear the same will happen in England. There are some tragic stories and cases within this book which leave you crestfallen and both upset and angry. Ken Follett really does an excellent job bringing this period to life, and showing the impact on everyday lives.

Towards the end of the book it also covers the Battle of Waterloo, and Napoleon’s last stand. This is well-written, but feels a bit out of place compared to the rest of the book. It is however important for the book in what happens to our characters following the battle.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and despite being over 1000 pages, it passes all too quickly. If anything it makes me want to go back and restart the whole if this series. I do hope he will continue this series.

Put quite simply, five stars and a favourite! ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jan 6, 2024 |
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The Armor of Light by Ken Follett is the fourth book in the Kingsbridge series, in 18th Century England. Mr. Follett has written over 35 books, and sold millions of copies in 40 languages around the world.

A revolution in the weaving industry is happening, the Spinning Jenny is the start of a new era of machination, making lots of money for owners, but also great unemployment.

Will Riddick, an arrogant and rich young man, accidentally kills the father of young Kit Clitheroe leaving him and his mother without a source of income. Will, of course, refuses to take any responsibility, the young widow, Sal, gets a pittance of money, and Kit is sent to the manor house. It doesn’t take long before Will, who resents Kit’s presence, knocks him out. Sal floors Will, and finds herself and Kit banished from the village, and to Kingsbridge.

Will’s uncle, Alderman Hornbeam, owns a mill and takes advantage of the new technology. Hornbeam ruthlessly protects his wealth and is using his position as Alderman to unethically advance his business interest on the backs of poor, uneducated, and unprotected workers.

All the while, the British government is passing ruthless laws to deter the poor populace from following the example of the French Revolution. On the horizon is also General Napoleon Bonaparte, sowing havoc across the continent, and setting his eyes across the channel to England.

Like other books by Ken Follett, The Armor of Light takes place over decades with many characters and an intricate story which my synopsis does no justice. However, the narrative never gets boring and this thick book moves quickly.

The story moves forward quickly, every section is a few years ahead, starting in 1792, when the French Revolution shook up the European monarchy, and ending at the beginning of the 19th century when the Industrial Revolution shook up the world with labor unrest.

I enjoy historical fiction very much and always have. My ongoing issue with the authors who write supposedly for this genre is that many write stories that take place in the past, which are not historical fiction. One of several reasons I enjoy Ken Follett’s books so much is that they are truly historical fiction. Not only do I find myself immersed in the books, but I also learn a few things while I’m at it.

I remember when reading The Pillars of the Earth, that I had to look up whether or not the town of Kingsbridge existed (it did not). However, the events which the stories revolve around

In the same manner as the other books in this popular series, acts of cruelty move the story forward. Those acts, however, are met by industrious ideas by the lower classes which, predictably allows for a feel-good outcome when good triumphs over evil.

As I read the novel, I fully realized I was being manipulated, and yet I couldn’t stop reading. The historical detail paired with engaging characters that I cared about made the novel fetching and appealing. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Dec 26, 2023 |
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"This epic canvas holds a mélange of relationships which all work out exactly as they should while Follett brings Kingsbridge up to the Regency era."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarBooklist, Bethany Latham (1, 2023)
 
"The result is an impressive and immersive epic."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarPublishers Weekly (Jul 12, 2023)
 
"A treat for fans of historical fiction."
adicionada por bookfitz | editarKirkus Reviews (Jul 1, 2023)
 
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