My rating: 5 of 5 stars
SPOILER ALERT **** THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS *****
OK, now that we've got that out of the way, on to the review!
Because I love period books ("Outlander", anything by Sharon Kay Penman), this book came highly recommended by more than a few of my friends. Set in the time of 12th century when King Stephen and Queen Maud were rivals for the throne, it's a story about the building of a cathedral. But it's so much more than that. It's about love, loss, redemption, evil, intrigue, dastardly deeds, suspense, and the murder of Thomas Becket.
Utterly amazing in its ambitiousness, I did find that I had not a whit of interest in the technical aspects of how cathedrals were built and skimmed over those sections. Follett didn't dwell for pages and pages on these bits, though, even though the book was ABOUT the building of cathedrals, and why this will work while that will not. Architects will love this part of the book. Others an easily give it a pass because the rest of the story is so heart-wrenchingly, intensely, suspensefully good.
It's a long book, so give yourself some time to enjoy the ride. It's worth your time.
And for those who didn't know, the mini-series is almost here!!!! Click here for more information.
The Pillars of the Earth cast
|Ian McShane |
as 'Waleran Bigod'
|Hayley Atwell |
|Eddie Redmayne |
|Anatole Taubman |
|David Oakes |
|Matthew Macfadyen |
as 'Prior Philip'
|Rufus Sewell |
(Photos from www.ken-follett.com)
(When Lori isn't reading, she's making jewelry. You can see her work at www.lorianderson.net)