I know I m going to be in the minority here but this is truly one of the worst books I have ver read I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions and The Serpent of Venice ended up skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish The characters were flat and lifeless and seemed to have been transplanted from the 20th century into medieval England The book was rife with unnecessary profanity that in no waynhanced the storyline and obscene gratuitous sex I mean how many times did William have to rape someone to prove that he was a really really bad guy I noticed that at least one other reviewer commented that this book was reuired reading in his child s school which if you are a parent I would recommend you take a good look at this book and perhaps take issue with your school district As an adult I was shocked at the language and violence in this book and find it totally inappropriate for a child andor young adult I also noticed comments about the historical accuracy and research that must have been involved in writing this book If that is so it must only be in regards to the building of the cathedral and the civil war between Stephen and Maud As for the rest I must disagree I have read many well written and researched books of medieval times thank you Sharon Kay Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick for such awesome reads and I was infuriated on numerous discrepancies in this book Examples and anyone may correct me if I m mistaken as I am not a history major Aliena is freuently described as having long curling loose flowing hair Women in those days wore their hair braided and covered it being uite scandalous for any man other than her husband or lover to see it loose After the attack on the castle and the imprisonment of their father Aliena and Richard are allowed to live alone in the castle with only the steward I doubt that the king would punish the children so for the sins of their fathers and most likely would have been made wards of the king until they reached their majority This was most desirable as the king could then skim the proceeds off the Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels, estates and funnel them to the crown s use Sometimes a king would give ward ship to another party as a reward for servicetc Young boys of the noble class were typically sent to another noble household to be raised and Kiss of Surrender (Deadly Angels, educated first as suires and then trained in that household as a knight What onarth was a teenaged Richard doing living at home Much was made of William s warhorse These were formidable beasts that were not asily handled by strangers Yet Aliena and Richard were able to not only saddle the warhorse but to get right on and ride it I don t think so The English nobility of that period were Norman French and did not speak the language of the peasant class So how did Aliena manage to not only communicate with them but could set up a successful business in that atmosphere I could go on with xamples if I had remembered to take notes but there were many similar instances to this throughout the book All I can say is that if you want to read a very well written and researched book on this period please see Sharon Kay Penman s When Christ and His Saints Slept and Time and Chance Ballantine Reader s Circle JMO This was incredible After reading this for weeks I ll need a bit to sort out my thoughts on this one Review to
"come Also how great is the feeling when you re the first person to check out a brand new replacement copy "Also how great is the feeling when you re the first person to check out a brand new replacement copy the library This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world xisted when I was reading it I never be so when was reading it I ve never be so invested in a story as I was with this It s a rare book that does this to me I think it s because it follows the characters through such a large proportion of their lives resulting in a large amount of intimacy and investment with them Indeed this novel spans a massive period of forty years and has 1000 pages This is seriously one of the worst books I ve ver read The only reason I finished the book is because I cannot put a book down once I startThe writing is terrible The plotting may be dramatic but I had almost zero interest in any of the characters they seem to Rain (Paper Gods, exist merely forvents to happen to them like actors in a disaster movie Beyond that there seemed to be three characters in the book Bad guy good guy and good victimized yet able to overcome girlWhat got me mo He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft round shapes out of hard rock The stone had a will of its own and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do it would fight him and his chisel would slip or dig in too deeply spoiling the shapes But once he had got to know the lump of rock in front of him he could transform it There are so many memorable characters populating this pic novel that I would be hard pressed to ven say who is the main character of this novel but my favorite character is undisputed His name is Jack and later as he discovers the name of his father he begins calling himself Jack Jackson His mother Ellen falls in love with a man named Tom Builder Jack finds himself nearly starving to death along with Tom s kids Alfred and Martha as they trudge across England in search of someone who needs something built Tom can build anything but his dream his most fervent desire is to build a cathedral Jack is bright unnaturally intelligent in fact and it isn t Alfred who turns out to be best suited to achieve Tom s dreams although Alfred is really good at beating the crap out of Jack on a daily basis It is Jack who travels the world and discovers that cathedrals can soar high into the clouds beyond anything that Tom would have The Replacement Wife ever believed possible The backdrop for all these trials and tribu. Mestre indiscutible del thriller Ken Follett s'endinsan auesta novel·la Damned (Witch Hunt enl món complex i fascinant de l'edat mitjana Bisbes intrigants constructors de catedrals ambiciosos nobles rurals i pagesos desposseïts poblen l'univers d'Els pilars de la Terra Centrada The Bluebird Bet (Welcome to Tall Pines en l'accidentada construcció. Both England and France priests were uite low on the totem pole in terms of the religious hierarchy and were uite disparaged yet somehow that didn t uite come across in this novelI could go on and on but I won t And the historical part of the novel I just found lacking There arenough histories and chronicles contemporaneously written of the time that he did not have to deviate much from history There is so much written about the period between the death of Henry I through the civil wars between the Empress Matilda and King Stephen to the time that Henry II ascended the throne including the martyrdom of Thomas a Beckett that I don t uite understand how he couldn t have mined the chronicles for better material I understand that this is why it s called historical fiction and that there will always be some Hot-Blooded Italians el 72 MILLION STARSDid I just read one of the most amazing books I havever read Yes yes I didI cannot say Mlynowski Teen Thriller enough about this book the story the writing the characterstc Reggie etctc Everything is perfect If someone had said to me Here is a 1000 page book about the building of a cathedral 1000 years ago in England I probably would have fallen asleep before the Switchback end of their sentence But do not judge a book by its description it is a 1000 page book about the building of a cathedral but Follett does an amazing job of crafting a historical fiction story around it that will keep youngaged from page one until the very Marrying Marcus (Virgin Brides, endWith 1000 pages there has to be filler right There is not Every sentencevery word all of it adds to the story And Belonging (Temptation, events on page 25 may have ramifications on thevents of page 825 How the author kept the storyline together intertwined and fully applicable throughout is amazing I picture him referencing a very complicated flowchart covering his If Im Found (If I Run entire wall while writing this book Sounds confusing it is not Despite the intricacies it was veryasy to followDo you love to hate CaddyGirls evil characters and feel passionatemotions for the ones you love READ THIS I don t think I have Assignment ever wanted to reach into a book and strangle a character than I did with this book Then I found myself audibly cheering and groaning as the relationships of my favorite characters developed succeeded and sometimes failed I wasmotionally spent loving and hating these characters and it might be the most I have Philosophy of Religion ever beenmotionally invested in characters in a long time if No Respect everI cannot say that this book will be forveryone but it is worth giving it a try Especially if you like any of the following Historical Fiction British Fiction Stories about church vs government Knights monks kings and other medieval dramatis personae Character studiesThis comes with a warning though I know I have some book friends who do not like violent depictions of sex If that is a problem for you The Spirituality Revolution either go into this story being aware that you will be uncomfortable or steer away from it completely This book was popular As in a mini phenomenon Seriously Am I being punked Tell the truth no onelse read the book It was all an Comptia Cysa+ Cybersecurity Analyst Certification Bundle (Exam Cs0-001) elaborate mediapop culture scheme to trick me into reading this book Please lie to me about this I m not sure I can go on living if I have to believe that this is what my fellow man is reading these daysMy utter disdain for the book comes from many a sourceA It s 900 pages Mind you I ll read 900 pagesven 1500 pages if it s amazing But it has to be a crackerjack of a book This was not B Here s where *this book and I really parted ways Tom Builder s beloved wife *book and I really parted ways Tom Builder s beloved wife dies in childbirth on the side Of The Road Only Hours the road Only hours Tom s rolling in the leaves with an attractive forest wench in a sex scene so ridiculous I could practically hear the bow chicka wow wow music in the background Poor Agnes body isn t Economies and Cultures even cold yet and Tom s getting it on with a woman he had a 15 minute conversation witharlier in the bookC It s hard to believe this is medieval England what with all the modern sensibilities and modern vernacular C It could have been whittled down by about 500 pages if the scenes of people Designing with Web Standards eating had been omittedE The women oh the women Witches or whores or victims of tag team rape Here s the basic rundown of the plot Building a church building a church building a church Oh crap a plot complication We might not be able to build the church Crafty Phillip overcomes the complication Insert licentious sex scene Building a church building a church building a church Oh crap a plot complication We might not be able to build the church Crafty Phillip overcomes the complication Now insert gratuitous sex sceneLather Rinse Repeat For 900 pagesCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder The mostxpensive part of building is the mistakes Look it s difficult to Sadies Surrender (Oyster Harbor, explainxactly why I liked this book Seriously if you take a look at the blurb note the 973 pages and the fact it s a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England you might think I ve been smoking something But for me and I m assuming for a large number of other readers it was so damn compellingI m going to get the crap out of the way first if you are sensitive to scenes of rape DO NOT READ THIS BOOK Medieval England is a shitfest of misogyny violence accusations of witchcraft and yes rape One of the scenes is Structure Of The Nucleus especially disturbing and graphic I actually had to take a break from I devour books That is myuphemism for being so OCD that I can t put it down and live my life until I finish it For
*shorter books that *books that generally not a problem but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earthwell let s just say we ran out of food my children clung to my legs asking for food and the floors did not get vacuumed for a good five days while I whittled away at this bookCLIFF HANGER This book is not a cliff hanger at the First Anthology en. Onants intrigues ue conformen la novel·la l'autor recrea diferents aspectes de la vida medieval on l'amor i la mort s'entrellacen amb forçan auest magistral tapís Els pilars de la Terra és l'obra mestra de Ken Follett i constitueix una vocació xcepcional d'una època de violentes passion. Lations that you will Passage Through Crisis experience while reading this novel is the turbulent 12th century England Henry Ist dies and leaves his daughter Empress Maude on the throne This isxtremely controversial because the nobles do not want a ueen If truth be known they want a king but a weak king they can control Since Maude was born without a penis this leaves the castle door open for her cousin Stephen whom fortune has favored with a penis to snatch the crown from her head and place it on his own The nobles certainly do not want to work for a woman but I think the issue that is Science, Technology and Culture even bigger is that Maude is very sure of herselfven one might say imperial As her husband Geoffrey of Anjou would uickly find out she is a handful Civil war breaks out and the people who suffer the most of course are the peasants who just hap I did not hate this book hate would be too strong a word and I can t hate it because I applaud the fact that Ken Follett attempted to write an The Road to Einsteins Relativity epic novel But I did not like it I didn t like it from the start his writing style hit me like a brick but Jim thoroughlynjoyed the book that I kept trying to convince myself that I ought to give it a chance hoping it would get better When I was about 500 pages in he saw how miserable I was and asked why I didn t just stop reading it but at that point I was invested in it I had spent all that time getting that far that I needed to finish it and I couldn t wait to come to the Black Boy end I kept counting down Only 450 pages left only 300 to go last 200 pagesyay I have 50 pages left Those fifty pages were the toughest to get through By the time I was at thend I thought it was a wasted Nighttime Sweethearts effort both on his part and mine It s so muchasier to Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire explicate on what I did not like because there were so many things I loathed the writing style he vacillated between pages and pages of highly complex architectural discourses to third grade level simple sentences grouped into short paragraphs Sometimes it was bearable Other times I wanted to pull my hair out There were times when I felt the only time he came alive as an author was when he was discussing architecture but these parts were so didactic in nature that it couldn t hold my interest for long periods of time I did not like the author s narrative style He had to tieverything together causality was so prevalent throughout the text that I wondered how he didn t work in how the killing of a fly affected Safe in My Arms events 60 years later Every single storyline was wrapped up too neatly for my liking in some cases Everyone was tied to someonelse it was like playing Six Degrees Presunta colpevole every single character had to have a denouementvery little plot twist had to be xplained closure had to be achieved no matter how preposterous the circumstances over time
"and space The characterization was poor In fact it was appalling how two dimensional these characters were Good people were "space The characterization was poor In fact it was appalling how two dimensional these characters were Good people were Bad people were loathsome As time Went On The Good Were on the good were suffering one thing or another they were put upon they were harrassed they were constantly challenged and put to the test like Job something Follett actually used as a sermon The badfolk became oppressive over time they were not only detestable but they had absolutely no redeeming ualities And to go with a typical medieval stereotype the good were always xcessively beautiful honorable intelligent geniuses or savants Safe Words even and if they weren t rich they would be at thend I half His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, expected Havelok the Dane and his refrigerator mouth to pop up somewhere proving once and for all that in the medieval period to be good was to have the purest light shining out of your mouthach time you opened it Nevertheless the bad became uglier became despotic scheming throughout life to get the better of their The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, enemies the goodfolk But in thend good always triumphed over Pursuit of Justice evil those who could repented and were forgiven Those who couldn t were killed off somehow because apparently death is the only way anvil person gets his or her dues And then Dangerous to Touch everyone had a happynding I hate happy Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude endings when they re so obviously contrived And this work was solaborately Rodeo Daughter exhaustively thoroughly contrived Maybe it s not too late for me to change my mind and say I hated it grin Historically speaking there was so much left to be desired Granted this novel was written two decades ago and there have been new discoveries about the medieval period since Follett started his research But he got it all wrong anyhow His idea of medieval life was sooff that it hurt my head to continue reading sometimes I had to pause periodically and rant to Jim about what I currently found off putting forxample there weren t many literate people at the time at the time this novel was set there was still a distinct divide between England and Wales reading and writing were two separate skill sets and people who knew how to read did not necessarily know how to write and vice versa orality was a prevalent part of storytelling back then and books not so much and yet somehow he conflated much of both manuscript writing was My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze either orally dictated or copied tediously by the monks his concept of a scriptorium was incomplete defective and there has been so much written about this that it saddened me he used modern translations of medieval poeticalverse works and couldn txplain Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses even alliterative verse formffectively I A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, even wonder if he knew what it was his understanding of the languages of the period Old English Middle English Latin Norman French Old French Middle Frenchtc and what was spoken by the aristocrats vs the peasants vs the growing middle classes disgusts me he showed a lack of understanding of medieval law medieval rights the social classes gender roles My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, even the tales and legends of the period in. D'una catedral gòtica la novel·la de Follett és una recreació acolorida d'una època convulsa i violenta de la història d'Anglaterra on la gent senzilla lluita per sobreviuren un país assolat per una guerra civil inacabable tot ignorant les mauinacions dels poderosos A banda de les apassi.