Very interesting so far. I loved the philsophy that is strwen within the book. There are some very thought provoking passages even if I do not agree wVery interesting so far. I loved the philsophy that is strwen within the book. There are some very thought provoking passages even if I do not agree with all of it....more
I am enjoying this seris so far. And I think this book might be the best of them yet that I have read. Eeach book does offer something interesting, buI am enjoying this seris so far. And I think this book might be the best of them yet that I have read. Eeach book does offer something interesting, but I am really enjoying this book. ...more
For just about as long as I could remember I have loved the Three Musketeers, and have seen just about every movie made about the story. Sword fightinFor just about as long as I could remember I have loved the Three Musketeers, and have seen just about every movie made about the story. Sword fighting adventure, how could I resist, right along with Zorro, Robin Hood, King Arthur.
But I had never read the book before up until recently and when I was younger I did not even know that it was originally from a book, so of course I had to read the novel as soon as I as able to do so, but I did not know quite what to expect. I knew it would not be the same as the movies, because they never are, and being that I had started with the movies, and always enjoyed them, I wondered just how I would respond to the book.
But the first chapter immediately erased all doubts.....it is an absolutely marvelous book. It is now officially ranked among my favorites. It has just about everything you can ask for. It is very witty with a touch of humor, some drama, lots of action, sword fighting fun, dashing and sometimes comical heroes. There was never a dull or slow moment, and I was left just waiting to see what was going to happen next with every turn of the page. It was one of those rare books that once I picked it up I did not want to have to put it down.
The writing was so vivid and skillful and the characters really jumped alive upon the page. You know how often if you see a movie and than read a book, all you can picture in your mind is what was in the movie, well in this case, though I had seen numerous movies, while reading it, it was really the words upon the page I visualized more than anything I had ever seen on the screen.
One of the amusing things, is that usually in the movies D'Artagnan is always my favorite, he is young, rebellious, skilled swordsmen, always getting into trouble, but in the book I really leaned more toward Anthos. And I just loved all of their servants. That was one of the really interesting things about the book that you do not get in the movies.
I absolutely loved The Pillars of the Earth so I was really looking forward to this book and could not wait to read it, only to be ultimately disappoiI absolutely loved The Pillars of the Earth so I was really looking forward to this book and could not wait to read it, only to be ultimately disappointed. It seemed that this book lacked everything which made Pillars good. I found the characters to be flat, underdeveloped and quite uninteresting at best, infuriating at worst. The writing itself I found to be very poor, and the story was completely unoriginal and offered nothing new. The plot was in fact nearly identical to that of Pillars, he just retold the same story in a less engaging and less skillful way. It was clear to see who the main characters of World Without End were reflections of the characters in Pillars and they played out the same parts.
The other thing which really bothered me about this book was the fact that the modern influence was pushed to the point of being completely ridiculous and unbelievable, to the point where it did not make sense, and it felt like it must have been deliberately without offering any understanding as to why. Almost all of the female characters in the book came off as being modern day feminists, and one of the really odd things which seemed to be quite intentional, as it was brought up more than once throughout the book is the modern concept of age within the story. On several occasions some comment would be made to a character "only" being 45 or something to that similar effect, yet realistically in that time period for some one to be in their 40s would be have been considerably old.
It would have helped if the book was presented as a sort of alternative history, or if the author provided some explanation to why he had brought so much modern influence into the story, to understand what he was trying to achieve, but sense no such explanation was provided it was just baffling and infuriatingly unauthentic.
The best part of the book ironically was when it delved into the plague, a subject of which I have always found interesting, I did enjoy the way it was portrayed in the book with a sort of grotesque debauchery which arose out of all the death, and the flagellants making a sort of morbid carnival.
But if you have read Pillars there really is no reason to read this book. ...more