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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Jul 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: enjoyable-but-thought-provoking
Read in August, 2009

Great book. Don't be daunted by the length. The story is incredible. The setting is a town in England in the 1100s, but you definitely do not have to be a historical novel buff to enjoy it. The novel is built around the construction of a cathedral, and the characters are all involved in the construction somehow. Philip is the monk overseeing the building. Tom Builder and Jack are designing and managing the construction. Their wives are big characters as well with their own trials and tribulations. William and Bishop Waleran are the two men who try to stop construction and ruin the lives of those characters involved (they are truly evil).

The construction of the cathedral has significant challenges throughout the novel which affects each character. The funding is difficult. There is a famine. There is civil war. William and Waleran will stop at nothing to seek revenge against Philip and Jack.

The novel has something for everyone, so I highly recommend it.
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