The Pillars of the Earth

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The Pillars of the Earth

Post by Odin908 » 07 Dec 2016, 12:34

I have recently read Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" and it instantly became one of my favorites. It has an incredible sense of time and place. I love history, but history is viewed through the lense of looking back at what once was. Follett's way of writing has a way of dragging me into that time period so I am truly feeling as though I am experiencing what it was like to live at that time. That is the reason I have fallen in love with historical fiction.

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Post by klbradley » 11 Dec 2016, 21:51

This one instantly became one of my favorites also! It seems like the longest book I have ever read, but definitely so worth it! Actually, it's been a few years so I might read it again!
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Post by Odin908 » 16 Dec 2016, 12:39

klbradley wrote:This one instantly became one of my favorites also! It seems like the longest book I have ever read, but definitely so worth it! Actually, it's been a few years so I might read it again!
I just finished the sequel today, it's called "World Without End"

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Post by lm1024 » 15 Jan 2017, 00:07

The Pillars of the Earth was the first book I have read of Ken Follett. As a matter of fact, it is the first book where one of the main characters were killed in first person. It took me by surprised. I still talk about it to people. If you enjoyed this series then I suggest you read the Century Trilogy. It starts with World War I and finishes with President Obama being elected. I loved this historical fiction. Actually he is the only male author I have read that I like his historical fiction.

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Post by Odin908 » 18 Jan 2017, 11:31

lm1024 wrote:The Pillars of the Earth was the first book I have read of Ken Follett. As a matter of fact, it is the first book where one of the main characters were killed in first person. It took me by surprised. I still talk about it to people. If you enjoyed this series then I suggest you read the Century Trilogy. It starts with World War I and finishes with President Obama being elected. I loved this historical fiction. Actually he is the only male author I have read that I like his historical fiction.
Thanks for the suggestion! I will check it out.

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Post by Lest92 » 28 Jan 2017, 13:14

Odin908 wrote:
klbradley wrote:This one instantly became one of my favorites also! It seems like the longest book I have ever read, but definitely so worth it! Actually, it's been a few years so I might read it again!
I just finished the sequel today, it's called "World Without End"
I'm glad there's a sequel - it'll be a while before I get through Pillars of the Earth but I definitely want to read more of Follet's work.

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Post by CZCampbell » 26 Apr 2017, 14:06

Though I read this book after seeing the miniseries on tv, it was a fantastic read!
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Post by godreaujea » 11 May 2017, 15:53

My mom also loves this book, but I haven't read it yet! Thanks for reminding me to check it out!
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Post by Xdjones » 18 May 2017, 07:37

This is my favorite book EVER. I highly recommend Pillars and World Without End. They are very long books, but they are constant page turners. I am actually sad when the book ends because I want to read more about the characters!

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Post by Reuben 92 » 07 Sep 2017, 05:05

Both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are excellent: Follett really immerses you in the time period in a really amazing way. I've just heard he is releasing a third in the series soon - so there's that to look forward to!
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Post by Phyllis9509 » 02 Jul 2018, 19:12

I read Pillars of The Earth a few years back and was fascinated in the way Follett can put you back in time with the characters. I was amazed by the time it took to build a Cathederal back in that time.
You sweat with the workers in this novel.

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Post by drgrinchman » 13 Jul 2018, 21:04

This was one of my first, and remains one of my favorite historical fiction novels. I've been an avid reader in this genre ever since. Ken Follett is a master story teller: Character development, plot, action, he does it all. After reading the trilogy, I watched the movies and devoured more Follett, but The Pillars of the Earth remains my favorite.

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