Pillars of the Earth ~ Ken Follett

  • Title: Pillars of the Earth
  • Author: Ken Follett
  • Genre: Historial Fiction
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Description:  As a new age dawns in England’s twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt – and one majestic creation will bond them forever.

*Potential Spoilers*

Review:  Once upon a time, I started dating a guy. As we shared our favorite books, he kept telling me about one of his favorites. He said, “It’s a story about the building of a cathedral.” Great, I’ll add that to the top of my reading list….NOT!

After a couple years, he finally convinced me to give Pillars of the Earth a try. While his description of the book did not make it sound at all enticing, I can understand why he used that description. It is very difficult to capture the essence of the book without trying to tell the story.

And what a story! Follett’s tale unfolds throughout the course of the building of (you guessed it) a cathedral.  The story has all of the hallmarks of an epic tale, including: intrigue, adversity, triumph, politics, progress, romance, and much more.

Follett has the way of telling the story of each character’s independent story.  The next thing you know, the thread of one character’s tale is interwoven with another and so on, until you are left with the beautiful tapestry that is the book, Pillars of the Earth.

When recommending this book to others, I still struggle to find a way to explain how good it is. Usually it ends up along the lines of, “It is about the building of a cathedral.”

2 thoughts on “Pillars of the Earth ~ Ken Follett

  1. Great review Valerie! I bought this book a while ago and it disappeared when I gave it to my BF to read. He got impatient throughout the 900 so pages and just skipped to the end lol!

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