The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1) by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)

For the Movie tie-in edition with the same ISBNgo to this Alternate Cover Edition Ken Follett is known worldwide as the master of split-second suspense, but his most beloved and bestselling book tells the magnificent tale of a twelfth-century monk driven to do the seemingly impossible: build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. Everything readers expect from Follett is here: intrigue, fast-paced action, and passionate romance...


Details The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)

TitleThe Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
ISBN9780451207142
Author
Release DateFeb 4th, 2002
PublisherNAL Trade
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages973 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fiction, Historical
Rating

Reviews The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)

  • DeLaina
    2008-08-28
    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 Earth...well, 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 book.CLIFF HANGER: This book is not a cliff-hanger at the end of e...
  • Amanda
    2009-08-30
    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 media/pop 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 days.My utter disdain for the book comes from many a source:A) It's 900 pages. Mind you, I'll read 900 pages, eve...
  • Francine
    2007-12-27
    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...
  • amelia
    2007-11-18
    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 start.The 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-abl...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2014-01-17
    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 1...
  • Dan Schwent
    2012-12-31
    Confession time: This is not a book I would have picked out for myself. First of all, look at the size of this kitten squisher! Second of all, Amanda's hate-filled review of it is one of my favorite reviews on Goodreads. However, it's one of my girlfriend's favorite books and when she suggested I give it a read, I knew what was good for me. Lucky for me, I enjoyed it.Pillars of the Earth is a multigenerational tale about the construction of a cat...
  • Misfit
    2008-08-20
    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 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 n...
  • Jax
    2008-07-11
    A massive tome with a spine thicker than Arnold Schwartzenegger’s forearm, Pillars looks intimidating enough to make even the most avid readers wary; its 973 pages are densely packed with unforgiving walls of 8-point text with nary a line break in sight. Before I was more than a hundred pages in, however, it became apparent that length was among the least of this behemoth of a book’s problems. Follett's concept—a medieval, generation-spanni...
  • StoryTellerShannon
    2011-11-17
    A tapestry of medieval cathedrals centered around an epic drama and some would term it melodrama but that's open to debate. Ken Follet actually wanted to write this book years before it was published. But his agent told him to build up his base of fans by writing several more thrillers. His EYE OF THE NEEDLE pushed him up to the best seller list. At a later point, after writing those novels and studying medieval cathedral architecture, Follet got...
  • Troy
    2008-03-17
    Ahem."Pillars of the Earth" is a very long book. It's got a lot of soap-opera-like twists and turns - no amnesia, but just about everything else, including mistaken identities, illicit marriages, illicit lack of marriage, illegitimate children, questionable parentage, love triangles, revenge, greed, power, a few murders, rape, witches, politics, knights, swords and horsies. OK, that last bit is not so soap-opera-like. There's also lots and lots o...
  • Kay
    2011-06-11
    How does one review a book that one cannot even describe?So many times after gushing about how good Pillars was, people ask me, What’s it about?And I, swirling in the happy aftermath of a mind so blown away that it’s still traveling near the speed of light, struggle to gather what’s left of analytical thinking and dumbly blurt, “Um, it’s about building this cathedral…”Way to not to sell a book.I still have trouble really describing ...
  • Jason Koivu
    2010-11-29
    Want to know how it feels to build a cathedral? Read the monumentally huge book The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. By the time you're done you will feel as if you've spent the better part of your life on it. The details are marvelous and intricate. Follett obviously did a lot of research in order to construct this mammoth book. The love story is intriguing and captivating. A little weird too. But that aside, it's the sort of romance that'll...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    2011-12-22
    4.5“What you’re doing is wrong,” he said. “I mean evil. To give up happiness like this is like throwing jewels into the ocean. It’s far worse than any sin.”Since there is pretty much nothing I didn't like about this book, and since the only reason why the fifth star is missing is that Medieval history isn't really my thing and so I loved the Century trilogy far too much more in comparison with The Pillars of the Earth to give the latt...
  • Stephen
    2010-04-18
    6.0 stars. An absolutely amazing reading experience. This one may actually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. I listened to the audio version of this book, which means just over 40 hours of content, and when it was finished, I actually believed it should have been LONGER. This book grabbed me from the opening pages and kept me interested and engaged throughout the entire novel (a very rare feet for a 1000 page novel). With as much as I ha...
  • Michael
    2008-07-28
    A friend recommended this book. He is no longer a friend. I confess a snooty predisposition against pulpy books. I was going to the beach so I thought this would be a good beach book.So what's it about? A master builder wanders medieval England looking for work. He's with his family--pregnant wife ("she was his soul-mate"--the author actually writes that twice), medieval Bart Simpson-ish son, scrawny daughter. He Dreams of Building a Cathedral. A...
  • Dem
    2009-09-19
    This is an amazing read, I loved this book. A lengthy novel at over 900 pages and not for the faint hearted and yet the story moves at a surprising quick pace. The characters are so well portrayed and engaging that you cant wait to turn the pages to unravel their fates. I loved the twists and turns of this novel and as historical fiction goes this is among the best I have read as the research is excellent.Set in 12th-century England, the narrati...
  • Lucy
    2008-11-10
    I hated this book. Let's just get that out of the way so there is no confusion later on.Ken Follett describes a gloomy, dismal, nearly barbaric society whose citizens' greatest concerns seem to be their egos and their lust for power and control. He uses the building of the great European cathedrals as the impetus for his story; the magnificent structures were made possible through trickery, lies, greed, criminal acts and selfish ambition. Forget ...
  • Tina
    2008-01-28
    I finally finished this book and I loved it!!The characters were interesting, flawed, and complex. The storyline was captivating, intricate, and exciting. I think that because the story was told from the point of view of many characters (5 or 6, I think), the author was able to show so much more of what was going on in many different places at the same time. Also, the length of the book allowed for a lot of time to pass (almost 50 years). I love ...
  • Amalia Gavea
    2016-06-14
    There aren't many things left to say when it comes to Ken Follett's masterpiece. The Pillars of the Earth is one of the most beautiful, haunting, exquisitely well-written novels of all time. It is a ''showstopper'' book not only in the Historical Fiction genre, but in Literature in general. Still, for an obsessed reader of historical novels like yours trully, it can become the standard by which all other historical sagas are measured. I don't kno...
  • Patricia
    2007-11-12
    Hmmm... a family relation lent me this book. I was mostly interested in what kind of books my particular relation was into. I think you can learn a lot about a person by reading their favorite books. I am actually a little disturbed. Yes you may call me a prude, but there was sex in it. I know what your thinking... thats not a shocker. But its not just sex... it is violent sex. It has several graphic rape scenes. And I have to admit violence to w...
  • Antonio
    2013-08-22
    —Espero que construyas tu catedral —susurró.—Creí que no querías que lo hiciera —dijo él, sorprendido.—Sí, pero estaba equivocada. Te mereces algo hermoso.Tom no comprendía el significado de aquellas palabras.—Construye una hermosa catedral para mí —prosiguió Agnes. Entre los edificios más majestuosos de la antigüedad tenemos a las catedrales, esta es la historia de cómo se construyo una de ellas y de todos los contratiem...
  • Richard Derus
    2011-12-27
    Rating: 3* of fiveThe Publisher Says: As a new age dawns in England's twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and queens are corrupt - and one majestic creation will bond them forever.Honest. That's all of it. I guess they figure if you haven't read it by now, you ain't a-gonna?My Review: This was a group read on Lib...
  • Will M.
    2014-06-13
    Set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of Earth is an epic tale of remarkably unforgettable characters in pursuit of building the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known. As simple as the plot may sound, the novel offered more than what it appeared to have.This is the best Historical Fiction I've read as of today. This gigantic piece of treasure didn't seem that huge while I was reading it. I'm serious when I say that this even ...
  • Lianna
    2008-02-15
    Toward the end of this 1000 page book I noticed the ad for the equally non-descript titled SEQUEL released 17 years after Pillars. This raises a lot of questions. What kind of author leaves his fans hanging for 17 years? Can there possibly be anything left unsaid after 1000 pages? Is this why Follett looks so smug on the back cover w/his black turtleneck?Maybe in the sequel he'll explain why he couldn't find room in the story for Martha after age...
  • Michael
    2008-06-26
    The duck swallows the worm, the fox kills the duck, the men shoot the fox, and the devil hunts the men.-William Hamleigh, The Pillars of the EarthThis is probably the fifth review I've started for The Pillars of the Earth. The first thing you'll notice is that it's a long read, 900+ pages. Whenever I've attacked a book with similar length I've usually felt that the author was trying to impress me with his big phallic novel, as though the book wer...
  • Nikoleta
    2015-07-21
    Ένα ταξίδι που ξεκινάει τo 1123 και τελειώνει το 1174. Ένα ταξίδι που το ξεκινούν ο Τομ, ο Αλφρεντ, η Ελεν και ο Τζακ, η Αλιενα και ο Ριτσαρντ και φυσικά ο μοναχός Φιλιπ, όλοι τους από κάθε γωνιά της Αγγλίας για να συναντηθούν και να ζήσουν στο Κίνγκσμπριτ...
  • Franco Santos
    2014-08-21
    El mejor libro que he leído este año, por ahora. Una completa obra maestra. Traición, tragedia, injusticia, religión, confrontación, monarquía; muerte, amor, esperanza, odio, secretos y envidia convergen en un solo lugar, en la construcción de una catedral. Ken Follett creó un complejo juego de realidades y artimañas en donde de un momento para otro el tablero puede cambiar de forma impredecible.Renunciar a la felicidad es como arrojar p...
  • Denisse
    2016-02-01
    3.5 Holy cathedrals, that was a long ride. I really wanted to love this book, for so many reasons I’m not even going to say, but sadly, at several parts I was very detached from the whole thing. And then at some others I was so into the story it almost hurt, especially when Philip or William where on the scene those two made this book for me. It is a long story about injustice, love, religion and ancient architecture, with perfectly constructed...
  • Fiona
    2008-11-12
    Phew, finished!I put this book of for so long that I'm angry I deprived myself of a good read for so many months. This is a book you can sit down, wrap yourself up in and exclude the rest of the world for a bit.Follett is not a historical author, he usually writes thillers and this reflects in his style of writing. The sentences are short and almost clumsy, which after a while can be grating on your nerves. He has this habit of explaining everyth...