This book is quite simply the most enthralling work of fiction that I have read in the last twenty years. The building of a cathedral in itself is not terribly interesting; what is interesting is the way in which individuals thrown upon their own resources struggle to survive in a harsh medieval world. And the plot has so many twists and turns and moments of suspense that there is hardly ever a convenient time to put the book down. A friend recommended this book at a time when I wasn’t reading much fiction, but I am glad now that she did. This was an extraordinary story, told in remarkably simple prose but with masterful narrative craftsmanship, and my life has been greatly enriched by it.
Mar 11 2013
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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