Highly entertaining story, decent historical background,
This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge) (Mass Market Paperback)
Follett's writing offers continuous action, so this story is hard to put down. There's enough historical detail and realism to make this a more worthwhile use of time than reading thrillers.
This is neither fine art nor a historical masterpiece, but it's good fun. The story is woven with many subplots of political and personal rivalries and multiple love stories. There are logic gaps and oversimplifications for those who want to find fault, but you'll need to look hard because Follett has done his research well. Few of us are experts in cathedral architecture.
There's a cult out there that raves about Ayn Rand's real estate developer hero in Atlas Shrugged. Folett's The Pillars of the Earth is a vastly more interesting and more satisfying book.
The Pillars of the Earth is too long for an ordinary airplane flight, but might be perfect entertainment for those flying to Europe. I enjoyed it thoroughly and passed it along to my dad.