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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Oct 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, fiction
Read in April, 2008 , read count: 2

I read this when it first came out, right about when I was in high school. I loved this book, it really fired my imagination, my love of history, and particularly my love of medieval history.

It’s an easy book to love, even 20 (?!) years after publication. Follett knows how to create tension and conflict. There’s a real sense that great things are happening, and the plot is really well-constructed and engrossing. The characters are maybe a little too modern for the time period; on the other hand, I think one of Follet’s themes is that people don’t really ever change.

The book is a great history lesson, but also a great lesson on medieval architecture. I kept Wikipedia open during most of the time I read this book! But it’s not pedantic; it’s very readable. After finishing “Pillars of the Earth” you’re bound to have wanderlust to go visit some of the great cathedrals of Europe.
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