ONLINE BOOK Pillars of the Earth AUTHOR Ken Follett – xermadeenfotos.org
Chapter contained a cliffhanger ending or notCHARACTER DEV T Each character is so beautifully defined and fleshed out that they become almost real I felt that I knew them personally that I could accurately predict how they would react in different situations None of them were 100% good or bad ust like in real life Some priests were holy others evil some were rich people with big hearts others with small minds and evil intentions some poor farmers were Dead Boy judgmental wnarrow minded attitudes others opened their doors to strangersPLOTPACE Foreshadowing was a very powerful convention that Follett skillfully weaved in and out of every chapter It gave subtle hints but never so overt as to suggest that the reader may be an imbecile Backstories meander and come to closure at such a nice pace that it always feels like something is happening and things are being resolved for better or for worseTHEMES My favorite theme was that natural conseuences followed the actions of the characters I m still a bit out of sorts after reading the deus ex machina riddled Breaking Dawn where all the natural conseuences of three books worth of actions were completely erased ugh There was a natural ebb and flow of triumph and misfortunes in Pillars of the Earth Good things happened to bad people and bad things happened to good peopleust like in real life Follett does not try to save his characters from themselves or from each other and I enjoyed that very muchSTRONG WOMEN I absolutely adored the strong women in this book What a Mud and Stars joy to read about Aliena carving out her own future after her world had been turned upside down Life knocked her down plenty but each time she got up made a plan and triumphed eventually Ellen and Agnes in her own way were also strong women OVERALL IMPRESSION As strange as it sounds with all of the despair and misery that took place the overarching take home for me was HOPE In the face of overwhelming adversity these characters triumphed The road was hard and theourney was long but they CHOSE hope They CHOSE faith And in the end that was all that matteredPillars of the Earth will be on my favorite books list for a very long time 72 MILLION STARSDid I ust read one of the most amazing books I have ever read Yes yes I didI cannot say enough about this book the story the writing the characters etc etc etc 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 end of their sentence But do not udge a book by its description it is a 1000 page book about the building of a cathedral but Follett does an amazing Eros Unbound (Great Loves, job of crafting a historical fiction story around it that will keep you engaged from page one until the very endWith 1000 pages there has to be filler right There is not Every sentence every word all of it adds to the story And events on page 25 may have ramifications on the events 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 entire wall while writing this book Sounds confusing it is not Despite the intricacies it was very easy to followDo you love to hate evil characters and feel passionate emotions for the ones you love READ THIS I don t think I have 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 was emotionally spent loving and hating these characters and it might be the most I have ever been emotionally invested in characters in a long time if everI cannot say that this book will be for everyone 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 either go into this story being aware that you will be uncomfortable or steer away from it completely This is seriously one of the worst books I ve ever 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 exist merely for events 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 most was Ken Follett seemed so proud of his historical research that he mentions every 40 pages took out hisher eating knife Really they didn t have forks how is constantly reminding the audience of this fact important to the story There were other oft repeated throughout the novel as well This seemed like an attempt to fool the audience into thinking they re immersed in the middle ages when the rest of the book could have taken place anywhere in time One fact does not a novel make unless it s a really clever fact The bad characters keeping the amazing building from completion felt like a fountainhead rip off but that mightust be meOn the positive side the book is an extremely easy read I might have enjoyed it were I laying in the sun half drunk on something sweet and rum filled Violent sex too if that sort of thing titillates youThank you Wait Wait for warning me of Oprah s evil plan if I can save one person from reading this book my work will done I know I m going to be in the minority here but this is truly one of the worst books I have ever read I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions and ended up skipping through many pages ust 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 way enhanced 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 estates and funnel them to the crown s use Sometimes a king would give ward ship to another party as a reward for service etc Young boys of the noble class were typically sent to another noble household to be raised and educated first as suires and then trained in that household as a knight What on earth was a teenaged Richard doing living at home Much was made of William s warhorse These were formidable beasts that were not easily 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 examples 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. 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 força en auest magistral tapís Els pilars de la Terra és l'obra mestra de Ken Follett i constitueix una evocació excepcional d'una època de violentes passion.
Ken Follett ☆ 2 Free download
ONLINE BOOK Pillars of the Earth AUTHOR Ken Follett – xermadeenfotos.org
This book was popular As in a mini phenomenon Seriously Am I being punked Tell the truth no one else read the book It was all an 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 pages even 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 Agnes dies in childbirth on the side of the road Only hours later 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 even cold yet and Tom s getting it on with a woman he had a 15 minute conversation with earlier 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 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 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 epic novel that I would be hard pressed to even 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 ever believed possible The backdrop for all these trials and tribulations that you will experience while reading this novel is the turbulent 12th century England Henry Ist dies and leaves his daughter Empress Maude on the throne This is extremely 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 even bigger is that Maude is very sure of herself even 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 ust happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time The destabilization of the civil structure of law also allows men like William of Hamleigh to do whatever they want to do and take whatever they want to take He is an opportunist who switches sides several times in the dispute between Maude and Stephen depending upon which of the cousins has the wind behind them at the time William is but a brutish thug a tool of his demented greedy mother and then later a weapon of evil for an archbishop named Waleran Bigod great name eh who wishes to obtain and power at the cost of everyone else William and Jack become mortal enemies as Jack tries to build a cathedral at Kingsbridge and William tries to destroy the economy of Kingsbridge to bring wealth to his neighboring town of Shiring William also has an unnatural lust for Aliena that is one part desire and one part pain See unless a woman is crying bleeding and feeling anguish William s wee willie won t work Here is a typical list of topics with which William and his henchmen like to entertain themselves In the evening they would drink beer and sharpen their blades and tell one another grisly stories about previous triumphs young men mutilated old men trampled beneath the hooves of warhorses girls raped and women sodomized children beheaded and babies spitted on the points of swords while their mothers screamed in anguish Then they would attack tomorrow morning Jack shuddered with fear But this time we re going to stop them he thought Jack is Aliena and Aliena is Jack They are soulmates and though many disastrous things happen to them to try and keep them apart I kept hoping that love will conuer all I may like Jack the best but I admire Aliena the most She recovers from a horrendous attack at the hands of William of Hamleigh to become the largest wool merchant in the area This is remarkable for anyone but for a woman a woman who has never had to work a day in her life and a penniless one at that to raise herself up to such heights is remarkable She survives every disaster even the ones she makes for herself and finds a way to achieve some semblance of security for herself despite the overwhelming odds There is one character I want to discuss and that is Prior Philip of Gwynedd The man who shared the same dream as Tom Builder to have a cathedral rise up from the ashes of the old church at Kingsbridge Jack did not like Philip but he liked working with him Jack did not warm to professional men of God any than his mother did He was embarrassed by Philip s piety he disliked his single minded sinlessness and he mistrusted his tendency to believe that God would take care of anything that he Philip could not cope with There are times when I want to give Philip a good shake but at no time do I uestion the sincerity of his beliefs Even when those intent on evil ends are conspiring even cheating to obtain an advantage over Philip he always stays on the high road He makes enemies in lofty places including the aforementioned Archbishop Waleran Bigod who at every turn tries his level best to destroy Philip and his dreams of a cathedral The church politics are so fascinating and create an extra level of intrigue in the novel that at times overshadow the uest for the throne There are a 1000 pages of uicy historical fiction awaiting you if you choose to accept this uest This is not War and Peace so do not be as afraid of that page count as reason would dictate as the pages will fly by I really needed some escapism into a different time and place and this book served that purpose perfectly As I was reading it I kept thinking that this would have been a great choice for that long plane flight to Scotland last year There are some graphic rape scenes but they are purposeful to the plot and certainly are a part of a destabilized England at that time Unfortunately the very topics that William Hamleigh and his thugs find so amusing are a part of human history going back to the days when we were battering each other with sticks and stones I would have to use another 1000 words to discuss all the other worthwhile aspects of this book but I will leave the rest to you to discover on your own If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at 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 via the library The most expensive part of building is the mistakes Look it s difficult to explain exactly 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 miso. Mestre indiscutible del thriller Ken Follett s'endinsa en auesta novel·la en el 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 en l'accidentada construcció.
Gyny violence accusations of witchcraft and yes rape One of the scenes is especially disturbing and graphic I actually had to take a break from the book after reading it I should 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 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 thoroughly enjoyed 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 ust 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 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 the end I thought it was a wasted effort both on his part and mine It s so much easier to 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 tie everything together causality was so prevalent throughout the text that I wondered how he didn t work in how the killing of a fly affected events 60 years later Every single storyline was wrapped up too neatly for my liking in some cases Everyone was tied to someone else it was like playing Six Degrees every single character had to have a denouement every little plot twist had to be explained 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 good Bad people were loathsome As time went on the good were always 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 excessively beautiful honorable intelligent geniuses or savants even and if they weren t rich they would be at the end I half 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 mouth each time you opened it Nevertheless the bad became uglier became despotic scheming throughout life to get the better of their enemies the goodfolk But in the end good always triumphed over evil those who could repented and were forgiven Those who couldn t were killed off somehow because apparently death is the only way an evil person gets his or her dues And then everyone had a happy ending I hate happy endings when they re so obviously contrived And this work was so elaborately 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 for example 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 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 t explain even alliterative verse form effectively I 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 French etc 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 even the tales and legends of the period in 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 La Stratgie du camlon just found lacking There are enough 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 element of fiction interspersed with historical fact But the fictional aspects usually have to do with surrounding characters and situations that bolster the history The fiction is not necessarily to the history itself Many times when writing historical fiction the author has to beware the pitfalls of creating a revisionist retelling interspersing his or her own ideals or beliefs of what should have been to what was If this novel had been marketed as a revisionary narrative it would have been okay But it wasn t I must glad that the historical aspect of the novel Personality Selling just served as the background and not the real story Because then I probably would ve stopped readingThe premise was a good one and held a lot of promise It could ve been a great historical epic had it been handled by a assured writer By someone who was of a visionary someone who had the patience to do exhaustive research or who knew how to craft richly developed characters It needed an author who understood the epic genre who knew how to mold the epic who knew how to keep the narrative going seemlessly binding time with narration and the human condition without resorting to stereotypes and grating drama And most importantly it needed someone who understood when the story had been told that while there will always be other stories to tell that each book has its own natural end and that these stories may not belong in this bookKen Follett may be a bestselling author of suspense novels and even historical fiction such as Pillars of the Earth and World without End but he is no writer of epics Compared to writers of historical fiction such as Edward Rutherford James Michener Bernard Cornwell or Margaret George Ken Follett has a long way to go This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it I ve never be so emotionally 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 no light reading it is deep emotive and completely brilliant The intense story So much happens within this novel It s impossible to lay it down in a brief I devour books That is my euphemism for being so OCD that I can t put it down and live my life until I finish it For shorter books that s generally not a problem but for the 974 page Pillars of the Earthwell let sust 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 end of every chapter kind of book which makes it easier to read it in multiple sittings However Follett does such a masterful ob of character development that I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next whether the end of the. 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 sobreviure en un país assolat per una guerra civil inacabable tot ignorant les mauinacions dels poderosos A banda de les apassi.
Ken Follett is one of the world’s most successful authors Over 165 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages Born on June 5th 1949 in Cardiff Wales the son of a tax inspector Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College London with an Honours degree in Philosophy – later to be made a Fellow of