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Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth #2)

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200 Jahre sind in im südenglischen Kingsbridge vergangen, wo Follett seine Geschichte auch diesmal angesiedelt hat. Im Mittelpunkt der Geschichte stehen die Nachfahren der Helden von einst. Entlang ihrer Schicksale führt uns der Autor, der sich bei seinen Recherchen von gleich drei Historikern zuarbeiten ließ, ausgesprochen kundig durch die Welt des 14. Jahrhunderts: Durch ...more
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Published December 2011 by Bastei Lübbe Taschenbuch (first published October 4th 2007)
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Stephen
Put some towels down because I sense a fully formed gush geyser about to spill all over this review. This book was fantastic and really did it for me. I loved it, all 1000+ pages, and I wouldn’t have minded if it was considerably longer (TWSS).

After more than loving The Pillars of the Earth (that’s right, I lurved it), I had tall hopes for this sorta sequel and let me tell you it was more than up to the task.

I was parched and hungry for a good meaty read. Well consider me gorged and my story
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Lynn
Dec 04, 2013 Lynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pillars of the Earth fans
This "companion" novel to Follett's 1989 classic The Pillars of the Earth is set in the same community, 200 years later. I'd been excited about it ever since I heard it was coming out this fall - Maybe too excited, because it just didn't live up to my expectations.

The first half of the book seemed a sort-of ho-hum retread of "Pillars". In place of Jack Builder, we have his look-alike great-great-great-many-times-over grandson, Merthin. Instead of Aliena, we get Caris (who I wanted to slap severa
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Alex Telander
WORLD WITHOUT END BY KEN FOLLETT: There are books that you read, with vaguely interesting stories, that sometimes within less than a month have been forgotten, ignored, barely recollected except for title, author and a minor recall of plot. Then there are books that change your mind on life, that give you a thrill as you read them and think about how much you’re loving to read this particular book, and how it’s making such an impression on you, and how you’re going to remember it for a long part ...more
Dan Schwent
Set two centuries after Pillars of the Earth, the people of Kingsbridge are at it again. The cathedral built in Pillars is in disrepair after part of the roof caved in, the bridge collapsed, and the prior is dead. Also, the constant maneuvering continues...

So, I fell into a trap with this one. After devouring Dinocalypse Now in a morning, my girlfriend asked if I managed to read an entire book in four hours. I said I had and she slammed me with this, saying it shouldn't take me more than a few d
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La Petite Américaine
Sep 19, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Non-anal types who enjoy guilty pleasure reading
Recommended to La Petite Américaine by: Nicole
In all practical theory, this book should be on my 'Sucked' shelf. It's a tale of the Middle Ages, the gross injustices of the time, and it truly amounts to a thousand-page Medieval soap opera. It hasn't got much to do with it's predecessor The Pillars of the Earth , except that it's in the same location 200 years later, with characters that are "descendants" of the Pillars characters. There's none of the complex building and architectural aspects found in Pillars, the graphic sex and violence ...more
James
Aug 13, 2008 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Follett finally completed the sequel to his evergreen historical novel, The Pillars of the Earth, and although I was compelled by the story enough to read all 1024 pages in a week, I was saddened at how poorly the book compares with its predecessor.

It is interesting to consider the nearly 20 years between the first book and this sequel. Many things have changed in our culture since then, leading Follett to inject even more egregious anachronisms into this book than the first. For example, the ch
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Karen
Apr 12, 2008 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorite books and I was looking forward to completely enjoying this without reservation. But way back when it first came out, I stumbled onto an online discussion that cited a passage with anachronistic vocabulary, which bothered me. It was very anachronistic. So it was a single passage, but it added some reservation to my anticipated complete enjoyment. And then I got to page 15, and there's this conversation that no two people would ever have under any ...more
Christine
Jan 29, 2008 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ONLY extremely bored people with no capacity for long term memory
The Pillars of the Earth was pretty good, but WWE is supposed to be a sequel... However, WWE seems to be a 1000 page snorefest after the first book. Perhaps if I had read them 18 years apart... then I would not have minded that WWE is a plagiarized (by the same author) copy of TPOTE. They have the same plot, same polar characters (no one is reasonable, they are all so totally overboard in every description), same activities, same cads, same villians, same love story... Same everything... But the ...more
Nikoleta
Sep 25, 2015 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Σε αυτό το βιβλίο ο Follett δημιουργεί ακριβώς με την ίδια συνταγή με την οποία δημιούργησε το πρώτο βιβλίο "Οι Στυλοβάτες της Γης". Ακολουθεί την πορεία μιας παρέας ατόμων για πολλά χρόνια, πάντα στο Κινγκσμπριτζ της Αγγλίας. Συνήθως ο κεντρικός ήρωας είναι δημιουργός (στο πρώτο χτίστης εδώ ξυλουργός) και η κεντρική ηρωίδα τσαούσα. Ο δημιουργός αναλαμβάνει ένα μεγάλο έργο για την πόλη και αυτό δημιουργείτε πάντα υπό το βλέμμα του μοναστηριού του Κινγκσμπριτζ. Ενώ για διάφορους λόγους ο έρωτας τ ...more
PennyiSD
Feb 24, 2008 PennyiSD rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of my book clubs selected this as we had all read and loved Pillars of the Earth when it came out 20 years ago.

I got halfway through this tome and decided I didn't want to waste another moment of my life on a book which failed on so many counts. The characters didn't seem real and certainly didn't elicit any sympathy from this reader as they moved from one contrived crisis to the next, the writing was repetitive and juvenile (a gifted high school student could write better), the language wa
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Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
World Without End, a follow-up to Ken Follett’s surprise bestseller Pillars of the Earth, steals a page from the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure playbook. A motley collection of insipid characters – if possible, even stupider and less realistic than Bill & Ted – get into a time machine and travel back to year 1327 and the village of Kingsbridge…

Wait. Oh, wait.

There are no time machines? The characters in World Without End are supposed to represent actual people from the 14th century?
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Mary Catherine
This is the sequel to "Pillars of the Earth." It's set 200 years after that original book but is very similar in terms of plot and especially character. Every main character from "Pillars" has their parallel in this book: the intelligent, noble builder; the feisty, born-before-her-time love interest; the evil, corrupt nobleman who rapes and pillages his way into power. It gets to the point where you start to wonder why you're bothering reading it. There's absolutely nothing new here.

Like "Pillar
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Mom
Feb 11, 2008 Mom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot find the words to express how disappointed I was with this book. Having enjoyed "Pillars of the Earth" twice I awaited the issue of the sequel with immense enthusiasm.

What a letdown! The characters, the plot,the writing are all dreadful...Mr Follett has tried to bring the 13th century into the 21st and it hasn't worked. The gratuitous sex and foul language spoil the book from the first chapter and for the first time in years, I will not be finishing this novel!

Very sad to see a good au
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Mark
Second Ken Follett, second Ken Follett audiobook, second Ken Follett audiobook listened to in car, first time I have ever wished to be caught in a really humungous traffic jam.

This was an enthralling sort of sequel to the The Pillars of the Earth . I say sort of because it is set some 200 years after the end of that wondrous story. Just as the previous novel looked at the building of the Cathedral and the growth of the fictional city of Kingsbridge* through the disastrous 19 year reign of King
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Kevin Xu
This book is like the book before the Pillar of the Earth in that it is about the lives of three or four main characters throughout their lives of childhood through adulthood seen through their troubles and hopes every so often in the the city of Kingsbridge, two hundred years after. It starts with two family, the family of Gwenda, who is poor and steals from Merthin and Ralph, making them without broke. It is a book that is epic with their struggle between the them along with other characters, ...more
Leah
Aug 27, 2008 Leah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 'bodice ripper' fans looking for an "...epic historic novel..."
Recommended to Leah by: QPB sent it 'cause I'm slow at saying 'no'
"...epic, historic novel"??!
Good Lord, I must be reading a different book than everyone else.
This seems formulaic and forced. Characters are more like caricatures; and what's the deal with everyone fornicating all the time??! Not that there's anything wrong with fornicating per se, I just don't care for books that use it as a major plot device time after time after time.
I actually checked the cover to make sure it wasn't "Clan of the Cave Bear" 2.0...
I'm going to finish this book (I think) 'caus
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Becky
Let me preface this review by saying that I loved Pillars of the Earth. A lot. I thought it was almost perfect, in fact, except for one minor issue that I had with the dialogue sounding too modern for the time period (an issue I had with World Without End, too). After being engrossed in that book, loving, hating, caring about the characters in it, after feeling like I was living in Kingsbridge for 900 pages, I was excited for this follow up. I wanted more, I wanted to be back in that world, expe ...more
Margaret
Nov 25, 2008 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical / medieval novel fans
Shelves: audio-books
A pretty darn good book - you laugh, you're horrified, the whole gamut - but what makes this a truly amazing "read" is the audio recording by John Lee, who is also the reader of Penguin Audio's recording of "Pillars of the Earth." Both recordings are well worth the time commitment to listen to 30+ (unabridged) CD's - I walked around and drove everywhere with my headphones on listening to both of these amazing books.

"World Without End" is a continuation of the Kingsbridge story begun in "Pillars
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Bill
Feb 06, 2012 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have finally finished this 1000 page novel and I am more than ready to move on.
If you have recently read Pillars of the Earth, and liked it, I would strongly recommend you take some time before diving into this one, because it's a long haul. It is very much the same pacing, and a similar setting as its predecessor, so unless you're a very fast reader (I'm not), 2000+ pages of 1100-1369AD England may wear very thin for you.

I waited about ten years, and so was very ready to revisit the town of
Ki
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Krista
Jan 28, 2008 Krista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Danielle Steele might have written parts of this; she must have at least been responsible for the overwrought plot and the ridiculous, unnecessary sex scenes. It was bawdy and endless, just like every Steele book I read as a blushing 12 year old. I also kept imagining Richard Chamberlin as Merthin, as the plot just kept going and going like the Thornbirds miniseries. There were about seven-hundred and fifty climaxes and denoument. Just when a character was happy, he or she would be destr ...more
Jillian
I got this book for Christmas and was so excited to start. I was a big fan of Pillars and figured I would love this as well. I liked it a whole lot, but definitely not as much as Pillars. The story was familiar (and at points almost a retread of Pillars). It was often anachronistic - especially the character of Caris. I loved her and I'm all for feminism and strong female characters, but it made me wonder how accurate and believable she really was. Clunky prose such as "she would have been alder ...more
Karina
May 27, 2012 Karina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World Without End is definitely not perfect-- it has a little too much in common with its predecessor, Pillars of the Earth, and its characters are too often painted only in black-and-white. Regardless of those flaws, I would probably give the book three stars if it weren't for one short plotline early in the book. Prior Phillip was one of my very favorite characters in Pillars of the Earth and his rise to the priorship was particularly enjoyable to read. Despite my trepidation over familiar plo ...more
NiteReader
Jan 07, 2013 NiteReader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 EPIC STARS
I didn't believe I would like this book as much as the first one, The Pillars of the Earth. But Mr Follett has created the most vivid characters that I laughed with, cried for and rejoiced in. Another amazing book!
Stephanie
Total rip off of the first (Pillars of the Earth). Not impressed. Could barely get through it.
Miquel Reina
When I had in my hands “World without end” I had a mixture of excitement and fear, I will explain it. For me the Pillars of the Earth was and is one of my favourite books, I could say that is within my Top 5 favourite books, so when I first took “World without end” I had a great desire to know what Ken Follett wrote but also I was afraid that comparing to its precursor novel could disappoint me. I was wrong. “World without end” is an extraordinary book, and now I have to say that it competes wit ...more
Chris
Apr 02, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy historical fiction
This novel is Follett's follow up to The Pillars of the Earth which is one of my favorite novels and probably never had a chance of living up to my expectations. It follows the lives of four people beginning with a disturbing childhood encounter. Four very different people: two brothers, one brilliant, but not physically imposing and one one strong and ruthless; and two women, both resourceful, but one from a wealthy family and one for whom life was one struggle after the next. Seeing how each p ...more
Yanper
Feb 25, 2016 Yanper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Άλλη μία ανεπανάληπτη ιστορία του Follett που σε παίρνει από το χέρι και σε βάζει να ζήσεις στην μεσαιωνική Αγγλία, να αισθανθείς και να καταλάβεις την πολιτική και τους νόμους της εποχής, να σκεφτείς το σκοταδισμό της εκκλησίας που προσπαθεί να παρεμποδίσει την εξέλιξη κάθε συγχρονισμού, ακόμη και της ιατρικής, και τέλος να γνωρίσεις την κοινωνική ζωή που διέφερε ανάλογα με το στρώμα στο οποίο ανήκε κανείς. Ατιμώρητοι φόνοι και βιασμοί, τρομοκρατία και έλλειψη δικαιοσύνης για τα κατώτερα στρώμα ...more
Chantelle
Mar 05, 2011 Chantelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The reviews said it might be a let-down after Pillars of the Earth but it wasn't, at all. You know how when you're reading a book and you get so invested in the characters that even as you're living your life, you walk around in a fog, waiting to get back to the book? That's how I feel. I spent two weeks reading Pillars and World, over 1800 pages. I stayed up way too late and maneuvered my way through middle school hallways reading. I literally could not put it down. And now i ...more
Emily
Nov 08, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Ken Follett is a clever man. Having written the bestseller The Pillars of the Earth, he then wrote an even longer sequel called World Without End which is strikingly similar in tone, plot, and characters. But he waited nearly twenty years to do it. Instead of saying, "Ken Follett is a one-trick pony," people said, "Oh, hooray! I remember that I really liked that book."

World Without End actually takes place several hundred years after The Pillars of the Earth but since we're dealing with the Midd
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Amarice
Apr 09, 2016 Amarice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who believes that a book should not end - till it ends!
This is an enormous book, really! Ken Follett is one of the best, this is for sure, but "World Without End" seems to me that he have done, once again, the impossible. What a wonderful book! Yes, let me admit it is quite long (1000 are a hard task, indeed), but it is so worth it. Every page is another problem to solve, another stםlen moment of pleasue. And this is what I like about it: whenever things seem to get on track שמג under control again, when the world gets safe and lovable again - somet ...more
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Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film.

He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.

He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho
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