The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett Reviews
Description:ISBN 0330450131 / Author: Ken Follett / Genre: Fiction / The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a ... more
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett ... 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.
Newest Review: ... main protagonist is Prior Phillip, a local monk who's character, unlike others, cannot be faulted. It is Prior Phillip's ... more
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by - written on 24/07/08 (Very useful, 146 readings)
Ken Follett's epic historical novel was a departure from my usual reading habits for two primary reasons; firstly that it was a historical novel, and secondly that it was a book of longer than two hundred or so pages. This is a monumental work, the scope of which entirely justifies its length as Follett paints a vivid, detailed picture of life in a twelfth century English town with a core cast of characters who are remarkable in their ordinariness. The briefest summary of 'The Pillars of the Earth' would state that it's about the building of a cathedral, but really this is only the central core around which the events and life stories circle at various ... Read the complete review
by - written on 07/07/11 (Very useful, 50 readings)
Last year, I was looking to buy a selection of top quality books. I'm a keen reader, but haven't made much time for it of late, so wanted a decent selection of real quality that I could enjoy. One of the sources I consulted was the BBC's read, looking at Britain's favourite books. I'd read a few of those in the list, and there were many I'd heard of but not read (several recognised classics, etc.). However my eye was caught by one in particular which was exceptionally well though of, but that I hadn't heard of at all, and hadn't even heard of the author. This was "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, and I bought it on a whim. The book was ... Read the complete review
by - written on 21/07/09 (Very useful, 48 readings)
This was bought for me by a friend who knew of my love for history and I'm glad they did as I loved it. Written by Ken Follett in 1989, this hugely successful book is ostensibly about the building of a cathedral and is set during the period of lawlessness that followed the death of Henry I. However, as crucial as it is to the plot this is all a backdrop, in front of which we have a huge cast of characters that live out their entire lives over the course of the 1000+ pages. Yes, this is a huge novel that takes place over decades but it never feels like it is dragging, largely due to Follett's writing style, which is very simple and unpretentious ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/01/09 (Very useful, 36 readings)
With work and life getting in the way, i usualy don't have time to read that many fictional books, but when i decided that i would read this epic historical novel i am glad. This is probably my favourite book of all time, although i am currently reading the 'sequel' to this and i am enjoying it thoroughly. The book begins with a brief part about a hanging before the beginning of the main book that sets the context of the book and comes back into the story later on. The books then continues to describe the plight of a small family trying to make ends meet in an england where the peasant is considered worthless. The family is cast out of a city, and ... Read the complete review
by - written on 25/02/13 (Very useful, 4 readings)
I first came across this book via a free download from Starbucks and was reading it from my iBooks on the iPhone. I didn't know what it was about and hadn't read any synopsis on it but after the first chapter I was hooked! I never thought I'd enjoy a book revolving around religion, politics and history (especially the Middle Ages) but this is difference. The author keeps you in suspense by weaving a fascinating and adventurous story throughout. The story is basically about a quest to build a cathedral - a vision shared and passed on between the characters. It might not sound very interesting based on that but its the story of how the dreams of each ... Read the complete review
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