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World Without End: A Novel (Kingsbridge) Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Praise for World Without End:
“[A] well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages . . . Follett’s no-frills prose does its job, getting smoothly through more than a thousand pages of outlaws, war, death, sex, and politics to end with an edifice that is as well constructed and solid as Merthin’s bridge.” —The Washington Post
“Follett tells a story that runs the gamut of life in the Middle Ages, and he does so in such a way that we are not only captivated but also educated. What else could you ask for?” —The Denver Post
“So if historical fiction is your meat, here’s a rare treat. A feast of conflicts and struggles among religious authority, royal governance, the powerful unions (or guilds) of the day, and the peasantry . . . With World Without End, Follett proves his Pillars may be a rarity, but it wasn’t a fluke.” —New York Post
“A work that stands as something of a triumph of industry and professionalism.”—The Guardian (UK)
“The four well-drawn central characters will captivate readers as they prove to be heroic, depraved, resourceful, or mean. Fans of Follett’s previous medieval epic will be well rewarded.” —The Union (CA)
“Populated with an immense cast of truly remarkable characters . . . this is not a book to be devoured in one sitting, tempting though that might be, but one to savor for its drama, depth, and richness.” —Library Journal
“Readers will be captivated.” —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.
In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author’s most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.
Its sequels, World Without End and A Column of Fire, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.
Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.
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The main problem with this story is that there was no true hero. When you describe evil in the graphic way Follett does, you must have a hero or heroine to counterbalance it. In the first book, the author brilliantly sketched such a man: Prior Phillip. In this story, the "good guys" are more or less out for their own "dreams," not the defense of Good. The main heroine does have some idea of doing good to her neighbor, and dedicates herself to it, but she has no overarching convictions behind it: no God-consciousness, no theological convictions (save for a vague idea of helping others), and I found myself even wondering if she was truly representative of the time period. She seemed more like a 60s flower child than a medieval woman.
So in the end, I just waited around for the bad guys to die. There were no memorable moments, such as Prior Phillip leading the procession of mourners after the murder of Thomas a Becket. Lots of bad stuff--murder and rape--and the Plague. Not for kids!
There must be an army of researchers but only Mr Follett breathed life into the words.
I’m sorry I ignored so many history lessons, but hope the current and future generations will study, and learn well.
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Would recommend it to anyone Ken Follett is a great writer👍🏻