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Pillars of the Earth

Follett, Ken

(Book - 1989)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Pillars of the Earth
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Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1989
ISBN: 0688046592
0451166892
0451207149
9780451225245
9780688046590
9780451222138
Characteristics: 973 p

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Dec 18, 2014
  • Audrey1976 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't be intimidated by the length of this book. It is the longest book I've ever read, but I could not put it down. Ken Follett is a gifted storyteller. He transported me back to the medieval times of cathedral building, corrupted bishops, evil Knights and honest people just trying to survive. Give this book a chance, and you will not regret it!

Dec 01, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A really dirty sexual and vulgar book...

Thoroughly enjoyed Follett's development of this moment in time. In this book, he shows us that building a cathedral was not only about the details of its creation; it was also central to this community's social, political and religious life.

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.

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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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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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