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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Feb 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: busy-as-a-bee-books, historical-fiction, 2009-reading-journal
Read in June, 2009

Phew! I really liked the book, but right now I'm mainly feeling relief that I've finished it and no longer have to lug that heavy tome around. Epic story that contains, hate, revenge, murder, mayhem, morality, rape, riches, poverty, martyrdom, evil knights, victimized heroine, warring kings, cunning clergy, scary-eyed witch, jack of all trades and the list goes's a medieval soap opera! :)

I appreciated the drawings that divided the sections of the book; they helped me to visualize the stages of progress in the building of the cathedral. I like epic stories and the details surrounding the daily life and times of a group of people. In this instance, I think Follett could have pared down the novel to make it easier to read or broken down the book into a smaller series. It's rather daunting to pick up a book at almost a thousand pages and it may turn many people off from reading it. Nevertheless, I enjoyed following the characters, their struggles, successes, failures and dreams. I look forward to learning more about their offspring in The World Without End.
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