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"The Pillars of the Earth" tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic ... Show synopsis

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  • Pillars of the Earth Mar 1, 2013
    by Janis

    Great story, highly recommend the book and also the mini series, which is excellent.

  • Ho-Hum Follett Dec 6, 2012
    by Joel S

    I bought this book because of an attractive review by someone I won't pay much attention to in future. 'Pillars' does have its charms, but it ain't literature, in my opinion. It makes me think of Louis L'Amour, although it's a bit more pretentious and doesn't grip the reader quite so tightly. The book is about as long as War And Peace, and that invites comparisons between the two, which is hardly to Follett's advantage. Don't come here for depth and philosophy or for a "ripping good story" of adventure and/or action.
    "So if you feel that way, Joel, why are you reading it?" Well it's hard to say. I started it and I don't like not finishing a book I've started, especially when it's not full of ungrammatical gibberish. 'Pillars' has been well edited - the grammar and prose style are quite good, so that it doesn't offend the intelligence of the reader. On the other hand, it doesn't satisfy whatever it is that makes me want to read a major book. I'm not a snob -- I do read L'Amour and mystery books -- but this book doesn't live up to its pretensions, in my opinion.

  • Long adventure into the past Feb 25, 2012
    by jigr16ch

    Loved the book and the characters, but its a long tale!

  • A real find! Feb 16, 2012
    by J C

    I borrowed this book from my granddaughter and read it inside of a week. It really was one of those books I found hard to put down, leading to lots of late nights.

    Follet manages to keep the story going at a pace - I always wanted to find out what was going to happen next. The fact that I learned a fair bit about that particular period of English history was a bonus.

    I loved this book so much that I bought a copy of it for my husband, who is now enjoying it.

  • May 12, 2011
    by alboss@mhtc.net

    Excellent book from both a literary and historical viewpoint.

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