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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - A Book Review

Pillars of the Earth

It took me… oh a few months to read it, and I believe I wrote one or two blogs about it while I was reading it, but last month during NaNoWriMo, I finally finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. What a ride!

An epic tale to say the very least. This novel is brilliant and spans over a lifetime. Some parts made me cringe, some made me cry and some made me WHOOP and cheer. From the very first line “The small boys came early to the hanging.” You know you’re in for a ride. (I actually used that first line as a prompt in the Thursday version of the Prompt-and-Share, and the results were unforgettable.)

The characters in this novel are so fleshed out that you think about them on a regular basis. I had a personal connection with the building aspects of the storyline because my honey is a stonemason, so it did add that extra touch.

If you haven’t read it yet, this is a great novel to get you through the cold winter.


  1. As I commented earlier, this is Ken Follett's absolute masterpiece. Nothing he has written before or after (and there are many good books among them) can compare. From the first page, you're hooked, and then he keeps it up for the length of the novel - absolutely astonishing.
    And what is amazing, is that the main "character" is a cathedral.

  2. You know, it's funny you should say that BoD. I considered Philip the MC, sometimes Aliena and often, Tom. But now that you've pointed it out, I agree completely. The MC _is_ the Cathedral.
    Nice observation!