- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Format: Paperback | 992 pages
- Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
- Publication date: 1 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0451166892
- ISBN 13: 9780451166890
- Edition statement: Reissue
- Sales rank: 654
Ken Follett had long been a staple of the bestseller lists for his novels of intrigue and espionage. Then came "The Pillars of the Earth," a grand novel of epic storytelling that readers and critics quickly hailed as his crowning achievement. Now, "The Pillars of the Earth" is available for the first time to a new audience of readers, in this attractive new trade paperback edition. In 12th-century England, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral signals the dawn of a new age. This majestic creation will bond clergy and kings, knights and peasants together in a story of toil, faith, ambition and rivalry. A sweeping tale of the turbulent middle ages, "The Pillars of the Earth" is a masterpiece from one of the world's most popular authors. "A novel of majesty and power...Will hold you, fascinate you, surround you." -- "Chicago Sun-Times" "A towering tale...There's murder, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust...A good time can be had by all." -- "New York Daily News" "Touches all human emotions...truly a novel to get lost in." -- "Cosmopolitan"
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By Kat 29 Feb 2012
The Pillars of the Earth is one of my all time favourite books! This is one of those books that you can read over and over. I would recommend this book to everyone, my copy is well worn and has been passed around plenty of times and everyone agrees, its a great story. Ken Follett is really good at character definition, he writes so well its one of those books that you can not put down.
By Sharon 22 Jan 2011
a super read.... could not put it down!! It was even more meaningful to me as I was in England traveling at the time and gazing at all the cathedrals whose construction was described in this book. Lots of engineering problems described in it, but in a very readable way. Again, this historical fictions thriller was a great read... I would recommend it to anyone..
By blackjellybeanie 13 Jan 2011
Haven't fully read the book yet - my review is more about the actual book I purchased.....font is so tiny you need a magnifying glass to read! Would spend the extra money on getting a book with larger text so that you can ensure a happy reading experience.....which to date the tiny text is not delivering....and this coming from a person with 20/20 vision!
By Fanoula 22 Sep 2009
This is quite a long book, about, um...building a church! Monks, bishops, Earls, Kings, Love, Betrayal, Suspense, Murder, Family & architecture set in the 1300's! NOT MY USUAL READ, but absolutely loved it and could not put it down! It also has a sequel (set a few hundred yrs later) "A world with no End" same story line, with addition of nuns, more architecture and the European plague! I was absorbed by this within the 1st few pages. And highly recommened for a good read. Again.. not my usual fictional read, not into the 1300's story line, architecture (building) or monks either, but I will say it again and again... LOVED this epic tale! Hope you do too!
"Enormous and brilliant ...a great epic tale...crammed with characters unbelievably alive across the great gulf of centuries...touches all human emotion--love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair. See for yourself. This is truly a novel to get lost in."--Cosmopolitan "Wonderful...will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."--Chicago Sun-Times "An extraordinary epic buttressed by suspense...a monumental masterpiece...A towering triumph from a major talent."--Booklist "A seesaw of tension....A novel that entertains, instructs, and satisfies on a grand scale" --Publishers Weekly