Notre Dame: A Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals
" L'image de Notre-Dame en flammes m'a stupéfié et chaviré au plus profond de moi-même. Un bien inestimable mourait sous nos yeux. C'était aussi effarant que si le sol s'était mis à trembler sous nos pieds. " Ken Follett.
Dans ce court récit, Ken Follett raconte l'émotion qui l'a étreint lorsqu'il a appris le drame qui menaçait Notre-Dame de Paris, puis revient sur
Every time I’m angry, irritated or feeling like a tiger ready to jump on top of its prey, I go to a church. Since I’m not even religious, I don’t go there to purify my soul. I go there due to the instant calming effect I experience, and I thoroughly recommend you the same recipe!
Churches, chapels, cathedrals... are food for peace — all of them have a magical soothing effect on human souls. In that sense, in a world like ours, they are priceless and should be preserved.
By writing a ...more
This little book is very special, it comes from the heart. Ken Follett's love for cathedrals is undeniable, something that influenced me largely after my reading of Pillars of the Earth.
This book is very interesting. It mentions the very beginning of the construction and the tremendous importance that the people have on such a collective work of art. It also ...more
I highly recommend this book, especially that all its rights will go towards the reconstruction of the ...more
And when one burns, we weep.’
I share Follett's love for, admiration of, wonder at, cathedrals. I was lucky to grow up in a North American city that has, I believe, more churches, and "old" (for North ...more
This is a brief yet potent glimpse into the impact of cathedrals, and itsrole in inspiring his most famous novel, The Pillars of the Earth. One of myfavorite parts touches on how such a monumental project drew workers of both genders from near and far.The title will be available in Englishon ...more
It’s also incredibly simplistic, both the writing and the (minimal) information included.
This would be a good basic primer for someone who knows absolutely nothing about Notre Dame or medieval cathedral building, but if you’re even moderately educated on the subject, there’s not much in this book that you won’t already know.
I’ve never visited this most famous of cathedrals, so I learned a bit about its construction and the monument it is to both God and science, the accomplishments of humankind.
I like that the proceeds from the book are going towards the reconstruction efforts.
The love that Ken Follett has for Notre-Dame is quite evident in this small book with a very big heart. After the recent fire, he was moved to put forth his knowledge of the the history of the cathedral for all to share. An interesting and worthwhile read.
As a part-time resident of Paris for many years, I too felt enormous pain as Noted Dame burned. As a fan of Follett, I looked forward to reading this essay. How disappointed I was to read a rehashing of what I already knew, in what I would describe as a freshman English paper. Missing from this was any new perspective nor any discussion of the current efforts and arguments regarding its current reconstruction, the proposed designs for a new tower etc. I also expected there to ...more
Born on June 5th, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of ...more
Di sicuro è così per le cattedrali.
Quando le vediamo stagliarsi contro il cielo restiamo sbalorditi, quando le visitiamo restiamo affascinati dalla loro grazia. Quando ci sediamo in silenzio proviamo un gran senso di pace.
E quando una cattedrale brucia, piangiamo.”