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World Without End by Ken Follett
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Dec 30, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: historicalfiction, couldntfinish, maybe-it-s-me

I can't believe I actually read the first 656 pages of this drivel. As one reviewer said of a different book, there's a time and place for a trashy book, but 1237 pages is an awful lot of time to devote to trash. "Pillars of the Earth," though no great piece of literature, was a gripping and engaging story most of the way through. This book was not. The writing was clunky, the characters were one-dimensional and sometimes anachronistic, and the plot was surprisingly slow by Ken Follett standards, with no compelling writing to compensate.

I actually realized all this pretty early on, but I was on a long vacation and this was my only book. Eventually I got into the story despite myself, and later on, even as my interest started to wane again, I plodded on because I was too busy to invest the effort of getting into another book. However, with my cousin Yitzchak's encouragement (thanks, Yitzchak!), I have decided that it's simply not worth the time and energy to finish the book. I just don't care enough. On to bigger and -- well, on to better, anyway.
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Reading Progress

December 30, 2008 – Shelved
December 30, 2008 –
page 420
33.65%
December 30, 2008 – Shelved as: historicalfiction
December 30, 2008 –
page 420
33.65%
December 31, 2008 –
page 492
39.42%
January 3, 2009 –
page 584
46.79%
May 2, 2011 – Shelved as: maybe-it-s-me

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