E and William tries to destroy the economy of Kingsbridge to bring wealth to his neighboring town of Shiring William also has an nnatural lust for Aliena that is one part desire and one part pain See Nicademus unless a woman is crying bleeding and feeling anguish William s wee willie won t work Here is a typical list of topics with which William and his henchmen like to entertain themselves In the evening they would drink beer and sharpen their blades and tell one another grisly stories about previous triumphs young men mutilated old men trampled beneath the hooves of warhorses girls raped and women sodomized children beheaded and babies spitted on the points of swords while their mothers screamed in anguish Then they would attack tomorrow morning Jack shuddered with fear But this time we re going to stop them he thought Jack is Aliena and Aliena is Jack They are soulmates and though many disastrous things happen to them to try and keep them apart I kept hoping that love will conuer all I may like Jack the best but I admire Aliena the most She recovers from a horrendous attack at the hands of William of Hamleigh to become the largest wool merchant in the area This is remarkable for anyone but for a woman a woman who has never had to work a day in her life and a penniless one at that to raise herselfp to such heights is remarkable She survives every disaster even the ones she makes for herself and finds a way to achieve some semblance of security for herself despite the overwhelming odds There is one character I want to discuss and that is Prior Philip of Gwynedd The man who shared the same dream as Tom Builder to have a cathedral rise Gone til November up from the ashes of the old church at Kingsbridge Jack did not like Philip but he liked working with him Jack did not warm to professional men of God any than his mother did He was embarrassed by Philip s piety he disliked his single minded sinlessness and he mistrusted his tendency to believe that God would take care of anything that he Philip could not cope with There are times when I want to give Philip a good shake but at no time do Iestion the sincerity of his beliefs Even when those intent on evil ends are conspiring even cheating
"to obtain an "obtain an over Philip he always stays on the high road He makes enemies in lofty places including the aforementioned Archbishop Waleran Bigod who at every turn tries his level best to destroy Philip and his dreams of a cathedral The church politics are so fascinating and create an extra level of intrigue in the novel that at times overshadow the Turning The Professor Into A Crossdressing, Sissified and Feminized Pet - A Tale of Forced Feminization! uest for the throne There are a 1000 pages of juicy historical fiction awaiting you if you choose to accept thisest This is not War and Peace so do not be as afraid of #That Page Count As #page count as would dictate as the pages will fly by I really needed some escapism into a different *TIME AND PLACE AND THIS BOOK *and place and this book that purpose perfectly As I was reading it I kept thinking that this would have been a great choice for that long plane flight to Scotland last year There are some graphic rape scenes but they are purposeful to the plot and certainly are a part of a destabilized England at that time Unfortunately the very topics that William Hamleigh and his thugs find so amusing are a part of human history going back to the days when we were battering each other with sticks and stones I would have to Fortinbras at the Fishhouses use another 1000 words to discuss all the other worthwhile aspects of this book but I will leave the rest to you to discover on your own If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at 72 MILLION STARSDid I just read one of the most amazing books I have ever read Yes yes I didI cannot say enough about this book the story the writing the characters etc etc etc Everything is perfect If someone had said to me Here is a 1000 page book about the building of a cathedral 1000 years ago in England I probably would have fallen asleep before the end of their sentence But do not judge a book by its description it is a 1000. D'una catedral gòtica la novel·la de Follett ésna recreació acolorida d'una època convulsa i violenta de la història d'Anglaterra on la gent senzilla lluita per sobreviure en A Way Youll Never Be un país assolat perna guerra civil inacabable tot ignorant les mauinacions dels poderosos A banda de les apassi. I know I m going to *BE IN MINORITY HERE BUT *in the minority here is truly one of the worst books I have ever read I came so close to throwing the book across the room on several occasions and ended p skipping through many pages just to get to the final and not too surprising finish The characters were flat and lifeless and
seemed to have been transplanted from the 20th century into medieval Englandto have been transplanted from the 20th century into medieval England book was rife with nnecessary profanity that in no way enhanced the storyline and obscene gratuitous sex I mean how many times did William have to rape someone to prove that he was a really really bad guy I noticed that at least one other reviewer commented that this book was reuired reading in his child s school which if you are a parent I would recommend you take a good loo This book was so completely fantastic that I almost forgot the outside world existed when I was reading it I ve never be so emotionally invested in a story as I was with this It s a rare book that does this to me I think it s because it follows the characters through such a large proportion of their lives resulting in a large amount of intimacy and investment with them Indeed this novel spans a massive period of forty years and has 1000 He was mesmerized by the challenge of making soft round shapes out of hard rock The stone had a will of its own and if he tried to make it do something it did not want to do it would fight him and his chisel would slip or dig in too deeply spoiling the shapes But once he had got to know the lump of rock in front of him he could transform it There are so many memorable characters populating this epic novel that I would be hard pressed to even say who is the main character of this novel but my favorite character is Present Pasts undisputed His name is Jack and later as he discovers the name of his father he begins calling himself Jack Jackson His mother Ellen falls in love with a man named Tom Builder Jack finds himself nearly starving to death along with Tom s kids Alfred and Martha as they trudge across England in search of someone who needs something built Tom can build anything but his dream his most fervent desire is to build a cathedral Jack is brightnnaturally intelligent in fact and it isn t Alfred who turns out to be best suited to achieve Tom s dreams although Alfred is really good at beating the crap out of Jack on a daily basis It is Jack who travels the world and discovers that cathedrals can soar high into the clouds beyond anything that Tom would have ever believed possible The backdrop for all these trials and tribulations that you will experience while reading this novel is the turbulent 12th century England Henry Ist dies and leaves his daughter Empress Maude on the throne This is extremely controversial because the nobles do not want a Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie ueen If truth be known they want a king but a weak king they can control Since Maude was born without a penis this leaves the castle door open for her cousin Stephen whom fortune has favored with a penis to snatch the crown from her head and place it on his own The nobles certainly do not want to work for a woman but I think the issue that is even bigger is that Maude is very sure of herself even one might say imperial As her husband Geoffrey of Anjou wouldickly find out she is a handful Civil war breaks out and the people who suffer the most of course are the peasants who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time The destabilization of the civil structure of law also allows men like William of Hamleigh to do whatever they want to do and take whatever they want to take He is an opportunist who switches sides several times in the dispute between Maude and Stephen depending pon which of the cousins has the wind behind them at the time William is but a brutish thug a tool of his demented greedy mother and then later a weapon of evil for an archbishop named Waleran Bigod great name eh who wishes to obtain and power at the cost of everyone else William and Jack become mortal enemies as Jack tries to build a cathedral at Kingsbridg. Mestre indiscutible del thriller Ken Follett s'endinsa en auesta novel·la en el món complex i fascinant de l'edat mitjana Bisbes intrigants constructors de catedrals ambiciosos nobles rurals i pagesos desposseïts poblen l'univers d'Els pilars de la Terra Centrada en l'accidentada construcció. ,
Page book about the building of a cathedral but Follett does an amazing job of crafting a historical fiction story around it that
will keep you engaged from page one ntil the very endWith 1000 pages there has to be fillerkeep you engaged from page one ntil the very endWith 1000 pages there has to be filler There is not Every sentence every word all of it adds to the story And events on page 25 may have ramifications on the events of page 825 How the author kept the storyline together intertwined and fully applicable throughout is amazing I picture him referencing a very complicated flowchart covering his entire wall while writing this book Sounds confusing it is not Despite the intricacies it was very easy to followDo you love to hate evil characters and feel passionate emotions for the *ONES YOU LOVE READ THIS I *you love READ THIS I t think I have ever wanted to reach into a book and strangle a character than I did with this book Then I found myself audibly cheering and groaning as the relationships of my favorite characters developed succeeded and sometimes failed I was emotionally spent loving and hating these characters and it might be the most I have ever been emotionally invested in characters in a long time if everI cannot say that this book will be for everyone but it is worth giving it a try Especially if you like any of the following Historical Fiction British Fiction Stories about church vs government Knights monks kings and other medieval dramatis personae Character studiesThis comes with a warning though I know I have some book friends who do not like violent depictions of sex If that is a problem for you either go into this story being aware that you will be ncomfortable or steer away from it completely The most expensive part of building is the mistakes Look it s difficult to explain exactly why I liked this book Seriously if you take a look at the blurb note the 973 pages and the fact it s a very long story about building a cathedral in Medieval England you might think I ve been smoking something But for me and I m assuming for a large number of other readers it was so damn compellingI m going to get the crap out of the way first if you are sensitive to scenes of rape DO NOT READ THIS BOOK Medieval England is a shitfest of misogyny violence accusations of witchcraft and yes rape One of the scenes is especially disturbing and graphic I actually had to take a break from the book after reading it I should say that it is not portrayed as a positive or even a normal thing Scenes of rape and brutal violence in the book largely serve to make Before Our Eyes us despise William Hamleigh with a ferocious passion It turns out that a deep seething hatred can really keep you turning pages waiting for that bastard to get what he rightly deserves Anyway yes the main plot is about the building of the fictional Kingsbridge cathedral But really it is about all the characters that come into contact with Kingsbridge its cathedral and Prior Philip their loves desires ambitions conflicts and heartbreaks I was pulled in from the very dramatic prologue when a young woman arrives at a hanging and curses the three men who guaranteed her beloved s executionThere are love stories in here as well as tales of ruthless ambition and betrayal Follett has created some incredible andnforgettable characters Tom Builder Philip Ellen Jack Aliena and Waleran Bigod And of course that snivelling stain on humanity that is William HamleighI haven t read any of Follett s other work but it is not surprising to hear he was a thriller writer before beginning The Pillars of the Earth He has carried that with him into this story Just when everything seems to be going right some catastrophe happens to throw a spanner in the works Just when it looks like Philip is going to succeed some shit happens But it was an effective way to keep me looking over my shoulderIt s a strange book because it s a bloody heart pounding page turner wrapped Death on Milestone Buttress up in a 900 page serious looking cathedral building package Strange and yet I find myself wanting I guess I ll have to read World Without EndBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube. Onants intriguese conformen la novel·la l'autor recrea diferents aspectes de la vida medieval on l'amor i la mort s'entrellacen amb força en auest magistral tapís Els pilars de la Terra és l'obra mestra de Ken Follett i constitueix A Dark and Stormy Knight (Victorian Rebels, una evocació excepcional d'una època de violentes passion.