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Pillars of the Earth

Follett, Ken (Book - 1989)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Authors: Follett, Ken
Title: Pillars of the earth
Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1989
Characteristics: 973 p
Awards & Distinctions: Other Lists - Oprah Book Club Picks
ISBN: 0688046592
0451166892
0451207149
9780451225245
9780688046590
9780451222138
Statement of Responsibility: Ken Follett
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Stephen, 1135-1154 Fiction Cathedrals Fiction
Topical Term: Cathedrals
LCCN: 89009405
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Sep 30, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this story so much I've read it 2x, seen the series & visited multiple cathedrals in UK because of this book. St Magnus on Orkney - amazing. Oh, for more like this.

Sep 22, 2014
  • Samuel A Marcum rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Disclaimer: I'm a bad critic because I have scant material to compare this to. Recommended to me by numerous friends this was to be my fore' into fiction, having not read any since high school.

I'd summarize this book by comparing it to a (long) summer action flick: You don't leave the theater feeling any wiser, but you're neither very disappointed.

I convinced myself that fiction could be story-telling used to convey thoughts, ideas and perceptions (of the author) in a way that was enlightening or educational. Those ideas could be contemporary or timeless: I didn't really care or know what I hoped to find; just something to think about presented in the form of a story. Alas, while I'll retain that believe this book did little to affirm it.

I was captivated by the characters and the story. It was a fun read: good for a hobby, but no heavier than the 960 pages it filled.

Sep 22, 2014
  • Samuel A Marcum rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Disclaimer: I'm a bad critic because I have scant material to compare this to. Recommended to me by numerous friends this was to be my fore' into fiction, having not read any since high school.

I'd summarize this book by comparing it to a (long) summer action flick: You don't leave the theater feeling any wiser, but you're neither very disappointed.

I convinced myself that fiction could be story-telling used to convey thoughts, ideas and perceptions (of the author) in a way that was enlightening or educational. Those ideas could be contemporary or timeless: I didn't really care or know what I hoped to find; just something to think about presented in the form of a story. Alas, while I'll retain that believe this book did little to affirm it.

I was captivated by the characters and the story. It was a fun read: good for a hobby, but no heavier than the 960 pages it filled.

Sep 12, 2014
  • jkeaton rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyable. The brilliant novel writing that will be so well developed in the Century Trilogy is starting to be apparent here - there are some slower parts, and the odd mis-step along the way, but this book is a solid, enjoyable historical novel. There is a fair bit of graphic violence - too much for some people - but in that the book reflects the 12th century gloriously.

One mis-step - a mistake in research - which is only important in that a major character suffers huge losses because of it - is that raw wool is hard to set on fire, and doesn't burn readily. When you read the book, you'll see why that's important - the author obviously missed that fact in his otherwise voluminous research.

Jul 20, 2014
  • gamapepsi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

rbeckbro is an idiot, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Comment on Mar,3rd
Rufus Sewel is the actor in the TV series, not Ian McShane.
Books are always better than the TV series as the writers bastardize the story line by reducing characters and thinning out the whole story.
Same thing applies to World without end the book that follows this novel.

Mar 03, 2014
  • tavkaa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I didn't know there was a mini-series about this book until I finished reading it. As I was reading it I could see it as a movie. The characters in the mini-series didn't look at all like in my imagination, even though I do love McShane's acting.

Jan 30, 2014
  • rbeckbro rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I've heard many recommendations for this book, so I began reading it with high expectations. This was a mistake, as Follett's prose is stilted and often repetitive. I did, however, appreciate the unusual setting of the story, the epic-length time frame that illustrated the timeline of cathedral construction, and the attention to historical details.

Jan 08, 2014
  • gracindaisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is truly Follett’s masterpiece; a ripping read, as usual, but set in the Middle Ages. Who knew that building cathedrals could involve such tension, suspense, action, violence, murder, arson, revenge, passion, love and lust? This is a novel to get lost in. Written in 1989; sorry I’ve waited so long to read it.

Aug 24, 2013
  • aramonak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An engaging tale with seamlessly interwoven characters that drive your interest throughout. And yet, the writing is not literary, which would be nice. The attention to detail in retelling the lives of people in 12th century England, primarily, drove my interest in the story as well. It made me feel like I might actualy enjoy realistic fiction, if only I knew what were true and what was not. The idea of researching that place and time lingers on my mental to do list when I think back on the book. Like many things so placed, however, it'll probably stay there.

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Mar 26, 2010
  • cpurvis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In a time of civil war, famine and religious strife, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against this backdrop, lives entwine: Tom, the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age.

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Jul 12, 2012
  • LauraO18 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Many murders are vividly and graphically described.

Jul 12, 2012
  • LauraO18 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Detailed and graphic sexual content...a rape of a teenage girl is described in vivid and horrifying detail.

Jul 12, 2012
  • LauraO18 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Many murders and acts of violence and rape are vividly and graphically described.

Jul 12, 2012
  • LauraO18 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains coarse language.

Sep 20, 2009
  • markv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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