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2.0 out of 5 stars
It's "Pillars of the Earth" all over again, 16 Mar 2009
The World Without End is a story that is wonderfully told. We care about the characters and the style is a real pleasure.
However it was disappointing to find such a huge number of similarities between this book and the Pillars of the Earth: the evil lord, the victimised-but-resilient woman, the nasty cleric, the enlightened-craftsman-who-goes-on-a-voyage-of-discovery... are all here. In fact, ALL the major characters from the plot in Pillars of the Earth can be found again, with different names and backgrounds. This new book is clearly built on the same model and follows closely the same plot, including a very tenuous link to some royal secret master-plot that doesn't really add anything to the overarching theme. Time after time, I was pulled out of the story by a feeling of "deja-vu" I would have preferred to do without.
If you have read "Pillars of the Earth", you have read "World Without End". Pity.