posted on Oct, 19 2014 @ 10:33 AM
Jack and Aliena
Jack was an eccentric being, born of the union between a master mason and a witch of the woods. He was highly intelligent and emotionally stunted at
first, until he fell in love with Aliena, which allowed his emotional side to begin to develop. Their love is perhaps the most tragic and ultimately
gratifying love story I have ever read. It goes through the struggles of England during a very bad depression leaving many people out of work or
leaving for Europe just to survive.
Aliena herself was an amazing individual, centuries ahead of her time (well, she would have fit right in at home in the Hellenic world, but for
Catholic England she was a light blazing in the darkness). It is no wonder why Jack fell in love with her.
The saddest thing about the entire tale is that the only real barrier between her and Jack's union was her own presuppositions. Time and time again
she reacted to the man she assumed Jack would be instead of taking the time to understand who he really was. Because of this they spent years apart in
heartache when all either of them really wanted was to be together. It did give Jack the time to become a masterful Gothic Cathedral mason, which
would probably have never happened had he remained in England with Aliena, but if they had just made room for each other in their lives, they could
have been spared much misery.
World Without End (the second book in the series) also covers the outbreak of the black death in Europe, so between the two you have a tragic love
story, an era of recession and an era of population loss and plague, which echoes the hysteria we are experiencing over Ebola and the economic
recession many developed countries are facing today. If you have a long weekend and nothing much else to do, I would strongly recommend taking the
time out to read these books. Author: Ken Follet.