The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

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From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Ken Follett comes this spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England. "The Pillars of the Earth" tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known-and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.View our Ken Follett feature page.Learn more about "The Pillars of the Earth" miniseries on Starz.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1007 pages
  • 109.22 x 172.72 x 43.18mm | 408.23g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • 045123281X
  • 9780451232816
  • 19,825

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"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 Weeklyshow more

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Praise for Ken Follett and The Pillars of the Earth "A novel of majesty and power."- Chicago Sun-Times "Follett is a master."- The Washington Post "Enormous and brilliant...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 "A towering tale...a ripping read...there's murder, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust."- New York Daily News "Ken Follett takes a giant step."- San Francisco Chronicle "A historical novel of gripping readability, authentic atmosphere, and memorable characterization. Beginning with a mystery that casts its shadow, the narrative is a seesaw of tension, suspense, impeccable pacing...action, intrigue, violence, passion, greed, bravery, dedication, revenge, and love. A novel that entertains, instructs, and satisfies on a grand scale."- Publishers Weeklyshow more

About Ken Follett

Ken Follett is one of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books. Follett’s first bestseller was Eye of the Needle, a spy story set in the Second World War.    In 1989 The Pillars of the Earth was published, and has since become the author's most successful novel. It reached number one on bestseller lists around the world and was an Oprah’s Book Club pick.   Its sequel, World Without End, proved equally popular, and the Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide. The third book, A Column of Fire, will be published by Viking in Fall 2017.   Follett lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his wife Barbara. Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors. show more

Rating details

481,210 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 53% (254,925)
4 30% (144,262)
3 12% (56,444)
2 3% (16,552)
1 2% (9,027)

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This book has it all: rape, pillage and plunder (not that that's a good thing but appropriate for the era), love, lust, mystery, betrayal, greed corruption and revenge. Enjoy!show more
by Tania Hyde
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