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Still disgusted by this novel years later,
This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth (Paperback)I read this book long before it was popularized by Oprah. If she had already endorsed it back then, I would have stayed away from it because I never seem to agree with her selections. I picked it up at a bookstore on a week-long trip to Tahoe, at the recommendation of the owner.
I have no problem delving into long books when the substance is necessary to the plot, but this book dragged on....and on...and on. There were several instances where I could have sworn I read the exact same paragraph several hundred pages before. Where was the editor on this one??
The characters were largely two dimensional. Tom Builder was utterly unlikeable. The building of the cathedrals may be interesting if you enjoy architecture, but far too technical for this reader.
But the thing that put me off of this book the most was the sex (not consensual sex, but violent rape) and violence. I'm not a prude, but the descriptions in this book were purely nauseating. Even several years later, I'm still sickened by the thought of those images. The graphic nature was completely unnecessary, and could easily have been moved on from sooner while still getting the point across.
I only finished this book because I didn't have another to read while I was sitting on the beach for a week, but I have never been so happy to put a book down.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2008 1:31:44 PM PDT
I agree with you 100%. I have found I haven't cared for most of her recommendations. I absolutely couldn't finish this book. I took it with me to Alaska. My daughter was ill and I was going to be there a long time. I had to find several books to read to replace it. I don't remember if it was the 2nd or 3rd violent sexual encounter and I quit. Enough was enough. I've read other books by this author and liked them. I was leery when she put her stamp on it, but I gave it one more try. I don't think I'll do it again.
Posted on Jun 25, 2010 8:17:23 AM PDT
J. Geiser says:
I also agree, especially with the observation that Tom was unlikeable. I also couldn't finish the book, which is rare for me! blech!
Posted on Jun 28, 2011 6:58:03 PM PDT
Olivia D. says:
I have to agree with you as well. Scenes from this novel, which I couldn't finish, are still haunting me. I wish the book had a warning or some sort of disclaimer. They sell it in my local grocery store for goodness sake. Ugh.
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