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The Pillars of the Earth - Community Reviews back

by Ken Follett
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it 3 years ago
This book served as my introduction to the Plantagenet dynasty when I first read it, and I fell in love. I had no idea at the time of how accurate the details were. I just knew that the story captivated me more than any other had up to that point. The people. The cathedral. The hopelessness of attem...
Muriellerites
Muriellerites rated it 4 years ago
Ken Follett’s gripping, and extremely detailed historical epic, The Pillars of the Earth, takes place in England during the twelfth century. The backdrop is the continuous battle for the English throne between King Stephen and the Empress Maud. Tom Builder, a poor mason, insists on following his dre...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it 4 years ago
Entertaining "epic" revolving around the building of a cathedral. Interesting characters, but the unwieldy scope of the story dilutes its power.
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto rated it 5 years ago
I could hardly put this book down. It was a fantastic novel that kept me going from start to finish. I like how, unlike a number of historical fiction authors, Follett does not romanticize the period. People are depicted as filthy, smelly, and the towns are not described much better. The fact that...
Kenny Loves to Read
Kenny Loves to Read rated it 5 years ago
Words cannot describe how brilliant this book is! At over a thousand pages, Follett's epic masterpiece is the longest book I've ever read but it was worth it. Every minute spent turning pages was joyful yet sorrowful as I knew the world of greed, treachery, love, loyalty and architecture I'd been dr...
bobsburgers23
bobsburgers23 rated it 5 years ago
I really enjoyed this! It was historical and exciting and filled with action. I wish I could have given it 4 and a half stars, just because the characters are so true to themselves. I suppose they're not the point of the story and I should just go ahead and give it 5 stars. Though I don't care about...
AdventurousBooks
AdventurousBooks rated it 5 years ago
I didn't really like this book but I am also not a sci-fi kind of reader typically. I think if you like these kinds of books though you will probably like it so don't let my ratingscare you if you like these kinds of books!
kennethjmcginnis
kennethjmcginnis rated it 6 years ago
4.24248128
leave me alone, I'm reading
leave me alone, I'm reading rated it 6 years ago
I really enjoyed this book. I was fascinated by the details of life in the time period, and I loved the stories. The bad thing about this book, though, is that it didn't know when to quit. It goes on and on and on. The church burns down, gets rebuilt, the roof falls in, they rebuild, and on and on. ...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it 6 years ago
I very much enjoyed reading this novel that everyone had told me to read. It tells the story of the building of a cathedral, but it is more about a handful of characters who I came to both love and hate. I enjoyed how the story took us through most of the life of each character, and I like how mos...
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