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2.0 out of 5 stars It's "Pillars of the Earth" all over again, 16 Mar. 2009
This review is from: World Without End (Paperback)
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.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2011 08:19:56 BDT
R. N. Wilson says:
So right. I have just finished "World without End", which I enjoyed, but it was not a patch on "Pillars of the Earth". It has no strong central character, like Tom Builder, but otherwise, I could not say why, but you have hit the nail on the head. Mr. Follett has hit on a winning formula, and so repeats it, and goew on and on and on - the paperback runs to 1237 pages!

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 19:21:34 GMT
I've read both Pillars of the Earth and World Without End and thoroughly enjoyed both stories, of course they are similar, they're written in the same era, so what? I found both books excellant reads and very difficult to put down-housework suffered!!!

Posted on 3 Nov 2012 23:05:02 GMT
laura says:
"Pillars of the Earth" A really good storyline that catches from the beginning to the end, of course any sequel within the same period (medieaval) is going to follow a similar format to be honest most stories do, all writers follow a format of what they find works. It all depends on if you actually enjoy the writing, the characters & storyline if you do then the writer has done his job.

Posted on 6 Feb 2014 17:22:20 GMT
Hal9000 says:
Absolutely agree with this, I kept on thinking that exactly the same things happened with the same characters in the previous book, detracts somewhat from the enjoyment of the book. Not that this is not a good book, but really there is no point reading it if you have read the prequel.
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