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|
|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|
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.
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.
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