posted on Sep, 22 2013 @ 03:53 AM
I don't get much time for reading novels, though a few years ago, when I had some spare time, I read Pillars of the Earth. Whilst I have read many
great books, this was so well written and evocative, it is worth reading and contains all sorts of life lessons, symbolism, insights and historical
references. It is very well researched, both historically and architecturally, both of these I am passionate about. A series was made for TV
afterwards which was okay but nothing on the book.
The location is fictional but loosely based on an area near here, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SW England, a place I know well, and set in medieval times.
The story is centred around the building of a Cathedral with an interesting mix of characters and spans around 30 years, where there is much
development of character and story.
I would certainly recommend the book. Prologue, first chapter and excerpts available here:
In a time of civil war, famine and religious strife, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge. Against this backdrop, lives entwine: Tom,
the master builder, Aliena, the noblewoman, Philip, the prior of Kingsbridge, Jack, the artist in stone and Ellen, the woman from the forest who casts
a curse. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age.
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