The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
  • Release Date: 1990-07-09
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
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Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club Selection

The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.


“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. 
 
The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.
 
A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.

Reviews

  • Nice easy read!

    5
    By EvaL@sacto
    Great historical content!
  • Absolutely couldn’t stop reading.

    5
    By 87Lakers
    In my top ten favorite books all-time.
  • Pedestrian writing and plot

    3
    By Chose555
    Too plodding and predictable—I felt like each paragraph was religiously written from an outline. I got halfway through and just decided I didn’t care anymore.
  • Pillars of the Earth

    5
    By Stratsan
    Superb! Wonderfully strong heroines. Enlightening.
  • MASTERPIECE

    5
    By Novelist Want To Be
    I have read thousands of books. This will forever be my favorite.
  • Didn't want to put it down

    5
    By Dicupcake
    Just an excellent read. Follett really knows how to develop his characters in such a way that you feel as if you know them. Very interesting information on building a church during the Middle Ages. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series.
  • Highly recommend

    5
    By Ambercgil
    One of my favorites of all time - a tale of intrigue, romance, faith, endurance, betrayal, and so much more. Do yourself a favor and give this one a shot.
  • Terrific read

    5
    By Oregon777
    I loved this book, a summer read, engaging, action packed and full of great details about people of the time. Recommend!
  • Breathtaking!!!

    5
    By mtbo
    A master piece done by the author. I couldn't stop reading...I love it. It's a book with a lot emotion; sometimes I can feel the pain while I was reading some sad passage so the book. A fantastic book.
  • Captivating !

    5
    By Mary Ward Taylor
    Remarkable saga of the Middle Ages, the church, the culture of corruption, the deplorable living conditions of the 1100's England. Fascinating study of the period and the building of great cathedrals, woven around the lives of a few flawed but dedicated individuals. Highly recommend.