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An incredible epic in the truest sense.,
This review is from: The Pillars of the Earth (Paperback)
Ken Follett is not a writer I normally read but I do like historical fiction so when I was given this old, very battered paperback I was slightly intrigued. I was told it was good but the blurb said "concerning the building of a cathedral..." Not my cup of tea I thought as I hate religion, but boy am I glad I decided to give it a go!
The characters are so realistic you really feel for them (or hate them) according to their virtues (or lack of). The 12th century setting is vividly recreated and the true tale follows love and revenge in many forms.
There are many surprising twists and turns with even main characters being written out part way through as this is what you might call true to life.
Set in a real 12th century with the historicl background of the wars between Maud and Stephen battling it out for the throne of England, there is something here for everyone. Yes theres the religious setting, but as someone who believes religion is the cause of more upset than it solves I can honestly say it does not get in the way; the history of this country is rife with religious fervour and the church at the time was somewhat corrupt and struggling for power with the other authorities and this picture is truly painted here.
Not convinced? Read it and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Iwas hooked from the second page and now I've finished it I feel like I've lost some good friends, such is the power of the writing. I can't wait for the follow up due out in acouple of months which I believe follows the decendants of some of the characters from ths book at the time of the plague.
If I could give more stars I would... one to return to I think.