“The Pillars of the Earth”, by Ken Follett

Overall Rating: 5/5

Read it, or save your time?  Everyone should read this book – you, your husband, your father, your grandmother…ok, you get the point.  I heard from several people how amazing it was, but I put off reading it because let’s be honest, who gives a sh!t about a cathedral built in a fictional town in the 12th century?  Turns out, I do, and so will you.

What’s it about?  The entire saga is centered around the building of a cathedral in 12th century England, told over several decades.  Tom the Builder is a poor man who dreams of building a cathedral and eventually gets hired by Philip, Prior of Kingsbridge, who wants to protect the fledgling church and build the grandest Cathedral in history.  No small feat in a tumultuous time where there is an ongoing battle for the crown, and everyone is either vying for power or stuck in the crosshairs of the intrigue.

Packed with strong-willed characters, corruption, violence, and greed, you will be left wanting more – even after 1,000+ pages.

Reviewer’s Note:  Truly a masterpiece, which is not a term I use lightly.  Follett is a genius.


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