Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Book Review -- "The Pillars of the Earth"

The Pillars of the Earth The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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 as Aliena
Eddie Redmayne as 'Jack'
Ian McShane
as 'Waleran Bigod'

Hayley Atwell
as 'Aliena'

Eddie Redmayne
as 'Jack'
Anatole Taubman as 'Remigius'
David Oakes as 'William'
Matthew Macfadyen as 'Prior Philip'
Rufus Sewell as 'Tom'
Natalia Woerner as 'Ellen'
Anatole Taubman
as 'Remigius'

David Oakes
as 'William'

Matthew Macfadyen
as 'Prior Philip'

Rufus Sewell
as 'Tom'

Natalia W├Ârner
as 'Ellen'

(Photos from www.ken-follett.com)

(When Lori isn't reading, she's making jewelry. You can see her work at www.lorianderson.net)


  1. I loved that book, too. I didn't know there was a miniseries coming!

  2. This is one of my top 5 "best books" ever written! Absolutely wonderful:)

  3. Loved this book!

    But holy moly! Matthew Macfayden (a.k.a Mr. Darcy) is going to be the priest?!?!

  4. You know I only listen to the books (although I'm getting read to actually, physically READ a couple during Spring Break)... but I want to tell you that the audio version of the "building parts" of the cathedrals are SO interesting. the reader is divine and made the architecture come to life. i promise!

    thank you for letting us all know about the movie! i'm so excited!!!

  5. I loved this book! I'm so excited. Do you know what channel it's going to be on?

  6. I recently gave away one of Follet's books to a friend. I loved the book. But I haven't gotten aroung to getting another. Thinking maybe I should head out to the book store tomorrow.

  7. The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are my newest favorites. I actually felt sad when I finished them...just loved the characters. Thank you for the heads up about the mini series...now I have to read more in your blog...clearly we have things in common.
    ♥, Susan

  8. I will have to have a lookie at this book Lori! Thank you for writing about it bc it looks wonderful!!

  9. i am not going to reas your entire review because i do want to read this book. thank you for the recommendation. i have been hoping to happen upon some new inspiring reads. best wishes! xo, juliette

  10. I haven't tried yet Ken Follet's work but I definitely agree with you on Sharon Kay Penman! My uncle finally sent me my copy of Devil's Brood yesterday, but I'm smack in the middle of end of semester work so I'm saving it for the en of the month. I hope I can last that long! :D

  11. Thank you so much Lori. I will link your blog :)

  12. Anonymous9:13 AM

    One of my favorites too. I also read World Without End. Also excellent. I didn't know about the miniseries so thanks for sharing that.

  13. Okay, I didn't read your post because of the spoiler warning, but just wanted to come down here to your comments and say, everyone's recommending that book to me, too!

  14. I love this book! I didn't know they were making a mini series about it though! :)


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