The Pillars of the Earth

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The Pillars of the Earth

Format:  Paperback,

983 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jun 1996

ISBN-13: 9780451166890

ISBN-10: 0451166892

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Learn more about "The Pillars of the Earth" miniseries on Starz. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, this historical epic--a twelfth-century tale of the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral--stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity


Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jun 1996
ISBN-13: 9780451166890
ISBN-10: 0451166892
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 983
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.9
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.0 x 0.5

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Biography of Follett, Ken

Ken Follett was born in Wales on June 5, 1949. He received an Honours degree in philosophy from University College, London. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for the South Wales Echo and later with the London Evening News. He decided to switch to publishing and worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming Deputy Managing Director. His first bestselling novel, Eye of the Needle, won the Edgar Award.

His other works include The Key to Rebecca, Lay Down with Lions, The Pillars of the Earth, The Third Twin, The Hammer of Eden, Code to Zero, Whiteout, World Without End, The Century Trilogy and Fall of Giants. Many of his novels have been adapted into films and television miniseries. He has won numerous awards including the Corine Prize in 2003 for Jackdaws.


Review by Library Journal (1989-07-01)

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.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 9reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wonderful book!! This book had my interest from the start until the finish. It has a great story and shows how so many lives cross and change each other. It also was full of history...Loved it! 03/31/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A Great Read I am only a couple of chapters in so far, and I think that this is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is very rich in history, but with a great story to go along with it. I would highly recommend this book. 07/19/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Excellent Epic A little over halfway through the book and I can't put it down. I'm totally involved in the characters lives. Some I love, some I hate... immensely. Can't wait to read the sequel :) 02/05/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by good book I realy enjoyed this book! I can hardly wait to read it's sequal, World without End, that just came out this fall. 01/09/2008
Rated 3 out of 5★ by I think it's going to be a good book... I have been trying to read this book since I got it, and though it really is interesting, it's just not making me feel like I can't put it down. I'm still reading it, but to be truthful, I have picked up and read 2 other books since starting this one. I'm not gonna give up. I will finish this book and I even think I will be glad I read it once it's done. 03/04/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Best book in a long time I wavered over getting this book as I wasn't sure about the content. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. There is never a dull moment. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I have it on a signature on my email. I get lost in time reading this book, I get so completely absorbed in it. I'm sure the door bell has rung or the phone has rang and I haven't heard it because I was so wrapped up in this book. 01/13/2008
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