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The Pillars of the Earth (Oprah's Book Club Selection #60)

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ISBN13: 9780451225245
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The brand-new selection from Oprah's Book Club!

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known — and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

Review:

"A seesaw of tension...impeccable pacing...action, intrigue, violence and passion....A novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale!" Publishers Weekly

Review:

"An extraordinary epic buttressed by suspense...a monumental masterpiece...a towering triumph from a major talent!" Booklist

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"Touches all human emotions...truly a novel to get lost in." Cosmopolitan

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"A novel of majesty and power....Will hold you, fascinate you, surround you." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"A towering tale...There's murder, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust...A good time can be had by all." New York Daily News

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

This historical epic is set in 12th-century England and tells the story of Philip, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known, and those who become intimately involved in the herculean effort.

Synopsis:

Picking up where international bestseller The Hangman's Daughter left off, the highly anticipated sequel about a dark legacy of the Knights Templar. 

Synopsis:

THE ANTICIPATED FOLLOWUP TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE HANGMANS DAUGHTER

1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost.

Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl; his headstrong daughter Magdalena; and the town physicians son team up with the priests aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.

But theyre not the only ones after the legendary fortune. A team of dangerous and mysterious monks is always close behind, tracking their every move, speaking Latin in the shadows, giving off a strange, intoxicating scent. And to throw the hangman off their trail, they have ensured he is tasked with capturing a band of thieves roving the countryside attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

Delivering on the promise of the international bestseller The Hangmans Daughter, once again based on prodigious historical research into Pötzschs  family tree, The Dark Monk takes us on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavarias ancient monasteries, bringing to life an unforgettable compassionate hangman and his tenacious daughter, painting a robust tableau of a seventeenth-century Bavaria still negotiating the lasting impacts of war, and quickening our pulses with a gripping, mesmerizing mystery.

Synopsis:

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

About the Author

Ken Follett is the international bestselling author of suspense thrillers and the nonfiction title On Wings of Eagles. He lives in England.

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dawna.osborn, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by dawna.osborn)
Ken Follett is a great writer that captured my attention and gave me some history also. I'm going on to read the second book World Without End, which I
hear is even better, he gets my vote.
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dawna.osborn, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by dawna.osborn)
Ken Follett is a great writer that captured my attention and gave me some history also. I'm going on to read the second book World Without End, which I
hear is even better, he gets my vote.
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sentina, June 5, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
A book this huge (973pp) has to be gripping for people to keep reading it, and this one definitely is. A combination of facts of history, politics, religion, poor vs. rich, famine, storms, wars, assassinations, and deeply emotional human relationships and aspirations, it has one of the best love stories I have ever read, one that realistically handles all sorts of severe challenges and persists even into the couple's 50s, where the story ends.

I love the way Follett honors women as equal to or better than men: "... Women could do most of the things that men did. Who was left in charge when the men were fighting wars or going on crusades? There were women carpenters, dyers, tanners, bakers, and brewers... The duties of an abbess, running a nunnery, were exactly the same as those of an abbot..." His women have great strength, love, intelligence, independence, skill, knowledge, and determination.

Set in the Middle Ages, the pace is walking, riding in horse-drawn carts, or horseback riding, and the book is like that. Even though it spans several decades, it always feels present, in the moment, and gratifying to sink into.

The overpoweringly nasty machinations of the Catholic rulers, Kings, Earls, and others who cause extreme suffering and death so that they can have more wealth and power is disgusting and disheartening, especially when you realize that it has always been this way. At the same time, there are good people at every level of the hierarchies, and this is a morality tale of this seemingly eternal struggle.

Aside from explaining more than I can understand or picture about the impossibly high cathedrals that humans amazingly built without modern machines, I learned SO much about England's history, which is significant because so many early immigrants to America were English, including my grandfather.

I really appreciated the way Follett reminded us of past events in the story that we might forget because the book is so long, which he did by putting summaries into the spoken memories of the characters.

Some of what you want to know will happen you don't find out until the very end, and as time runs out, you wonder if it ever will. But somehow, Follett manages to get it all in. And because the story is so informative, vivid, complex, thoughtful, suspenseful, stressful, exciting, and inspiring, I was never attempted to peek.

Even if you don't care about cathedrals, this massive historical epic is educational in one of the best possible ways. It does what novels do best: bring people, places, and events to vivid life. It is as though the souls of these characters have come over the oceans, over the centuries, to touch some part of my mind and spirit forever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451225245
Author:
Follett, Ken
Publisher:
NAL Trade
Manufactured:
New American Library
Author:
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Chadeayne, Lee
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Author:
Ken Folle
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Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cathedrals
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Epic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Oprah's Book Club
Publication Date:
November 14, 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
973
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1.11 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 973 pages New American Library - English 9780451225245 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A seesaw of tension...impeccable pacing...action, intrigue, violence and passion....A novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale!" Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "An extraordinary epic buttressed by suspense...a monumental masterpiece...a towering triumph from a major talent!"
"Review" by , "Touches all human emotions...truly a novel to get lost in."
"Review" by , "A novel of majesty and power....Will hold you, fascinate you, surround you."
"Review" by , "A towering tale...There's murder, arson, treachery, torture, love, and lust...A good time can be had by all."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , This historical epic is set in 12th-century England and tells the story of Philip, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known, and those who become intimately involved in the herculean effort.
"Synopsis" by , Picking up where international bestseller The Hangman's Daughter left off, the highly anticipated sequel about a dark legacy of the Knights Templar. 
"Synopsis" by ,
THE ANTICIPATED FOLLOWUP TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE HANGMANS DAUGHTER

1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost.

Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl; his headstrong daughter Magdalena; and the town physicians son team up with the priests aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.

But theyre not the only ones after the legendary fortune. A team of dangerous and mysterious monks is always close behind, tracking their every move, speaking Latin in the shadows, giving off a strange, intoxicating scent. And to throw the hangman off their trail, they have ensured he is tasked with capturing a band of thieves roving the countryside attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

Delivering on the promise of the international bestseller The Hangmans Daughter, once again based on prodigious historical research into Pötzschs  family tree, The Dark Monk takes us on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavarias ancient monasteries, bringing to life an unforgettable compassionate hangman and his tenacious daughter, painting a robust tableau of a seventeenth-century Bavaria still negotiating the lasting impacts of war, and quickening our pulses with a gripping, mesmerizing mystery.

"Synopsis" by ,

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

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