Pillars of the Earth

21 03 2008

I finished Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth today. What a fantastic book. I highly recommend it.

I didn’t actually read it. I bought it from Audible and listened to it on my way to and from work. The book is over 40 hours long so I’ve been listening to this book for a good month now.

uk_pillars_of_the_earth.gifThe narrator was John Lee. I really enjoyed listening to him. Have a listen. After you listen to a few audio books, you become a narrator snob. The narrator’s voice becomes more important than the book itself sometimes. If I preview a book and don’t take to the narrator immediately, I won’t buy it.

The novel itself comes from Ken Follett’s hobby of visiting cathedrals.  He explains his hobby and how he approached the novel in the book’s introduction. You can read the introduction here: http://www.ken-follett.com/pote/index.html

You would think with a book this long that the storyline would fall apart or become repetitive and drawn out over time. But it didn’t. The author was able to maintain a balance between the characters, the building of a cathedral, the influence of religion and the Church, the politics of King Henry and historical events from the time period. He left no question unanswered. I loved how the story made a full circle even though it spans decades from beginning to end.

As I was reading this book, I was at the part where two of the characters had made their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. What a coincidence when at the same time one of the blogs I subscribe to posts a story on hiking the road to Santiago de Compostela.  http://www.vagabondish.com/hiking-camino-de-santiago-de-compostela/ Until this book, I had never heard of Santiago de Compostela. Maybe it’s sign. Maybe I should follow in the steps of St. James and make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It looks interesting.

I plan to read the sequel World Without End but I have to catch up on some podcasts first.

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