- Series: Kingsbridge
- Mass Market Paperback: 1008 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; First Thus edition (June 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045123281X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451232816
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5,506 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Tom Builder's dream is to build a cathedral, but in the meantime, he must scrounge about to find a lord that will hire him. His search pulls him and his family into the politics of 12th-century England, as different lords vie to gain control of the throne in the wake of the recently deceased king. Prior Phillip, a man raised in the monastery since childhood, also finds himself drafted into the brewing storm as he must protect the interests of a declining church. Richard E. Grant seduces readers early on with a soft and deliberate voice that is like a loud whisper. However, his full range quickly reveals itself as he delves into characters with animated voices that exert their true essence. Even throughout the narrative, Grant musters a lively voice that imbues energy into the story. The only shortcoming is that the abridgment of Follett's 1989 novel proves to be too choppy. Though the story appears complete, there still remain abrupt moments throughout the tale. Penguin Audio's unabridged version is read by John Lee and runs 41 hours. (Dec.)
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From Library Journal
A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud and Stephen are fighting for the crown of England after the death of Henry I. The plot is less tightly controlled than those in Follett's contemporary works, and despite the wealth of historical detail, especially concerning architecture and construction, much of the language as well as the psychology of the characters and their relationships remains firmly rooted in the 20th century. This will appeal more to lovers of exciting adventure stories than true devotees of historical fiction. Literary Guild dual main selection.
- Cynthia Johnson Whealler, Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, Mass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But, wanting to look cool I decided to give it a try. Honestly, it didn't sound like anything I'd be interested in... so I didn't have any expectations.
And then I started it, and whoa man. I got sucked in.
There's so much drama in this book. Right when you think one thing is resolved, something else pops up. Oh, and I cried. I don't even know how many times. I also lost a lot of sleep.
Despite the amount of pages, I flew through this book.
This takes place over an amount of decades with lots of characters. But they're all written so well, even the ones that only show up for a couple pages, that they are all distinctive. And there are so many intertwined stories, but there wasn't any times where I was confused about what was going on.
After finishing it, I brought it to my dad and told him he has to read it. I very rarely make recommendations to my father. (This is the second book I've told him to read in the last five years.)
Major thing to point out - the woman in this story are ah-may-zing. Yes, it's historical and things were different back then. But they were all written as strong, independent, and Ellen was totally the most sane character in the entire book. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough focus on her.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes drama and has any interest on 12th century England.
Pillars is the story of several characters including: Philip, a devout monk driven to build the grandest house of God in the world; Tom Builder, the mason who dreams of building a cathedral; the gorgeous, resourceful Lady Aliena, . . . and of a monumental conflict between good and evil. This book is a treasure.
Gives a good interpretation of micro as well as macro socio economic challenges, and all the important characters are well drawn and interesting.
Engrossing read, bit of a slow reader so tied me up for a while, but am sure I will eventually tackle the rest of the series.