The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Published June 1, 2010
- Author Ken Follett
I’ve read this one before, a long time ago, and I loved it as much this time as I did back then. The reason I picked this up was that I managed to get my hands on a copy of the sequel - World Without End. I want to read that one but thought I’d refresh my memory of the original. Although they are standalone books, it was good to remind myself of the style of writing, and the sort of time in history we’re talking about.
The best thing about this book is how the characters weave in and out of each other’s lives. They are inexplicably interlinked, and from the very first moment - which seems abstract to start with but gradually begins to make sense - you’re going to follow them all the way.
The second best thing about this book is just how easy it is to read. It’s one of those books that is a page-turner, and although it looks terribly scary - a huge thick novel reminiscent of War and Peace, it doesn’t take long to read. Part of that must be because they were simpler times back then and the descriptions are made simple to match. I must admit to skim-reading a lot of the cathedral building talk - I am not destined to be a master-builder, clearly. However, it was not a blight on what is an excellent book that stands both the test of time and the test of re-reading.