"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"The Pillars of the Earth" tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known ...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul ...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame ...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett's historical masterpiece. 'Enormous and brilliant ...this mammoth tale seems to touch all human emotion - love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair. This is truly a novel to get lost in' - "Cosmopolitan". 'A historical saga of such breadth and density ...Follett succeeds brilliantly in combining hugeness and detail to create a novel imbued with the rawness, violence and blind faith of the era' - "Sunday Express".Hide synopsis
The Pillars of the Earth (Signet Book) – Mass-market paperback (2007)
Mass-market paperback, Signet Book 2007
ISBN: 0451166892 ISBN-13: 9780451166890
Ken Follett, internationally-acclaimed master of split-second suspense, author of six #1 bestsellers, reaches beyond the expected to achieve his most brilliant and remarkable novel. The epic story of the building of a cathedral in 12th century England and the lives of the people entwined with it and each other is a sensuous, enduring narrative, and a gripping tale of faith, ambition, bloodshed and betrayal.Ken Follett, internationally-acclaimed master of split-second suspense, author of six #1 bestsellers, reaches beyond the expected to achieve his most brilliant and remarkable novel. The epic story of the building of a cathedral in 12th century England and the lives of the people entwined with it and each other is a sensuous, enduring narrative, and a gripping tale of faith, ambition, bloodshed and betrayal.Hide
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.
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.
I am not sure I want to see the movie because I really enjoyed the book. Actually there were parts of it that were too brutal for me so I skipped those sections. Sometimes the movies are good because they take a section and the essence of a book and create a stand alone piece of art. I hope that is ...
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