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Author Noelle Granger tells us about The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett
There are a number of books I’ve reread, but the one that comes to mind is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This is a long book (400,000 words) the author found it exhausting to write, but it was worth all his effort and the book of which he is most proud. Published 25 years ago, Pillars of the Earth chronicles the building of a magnificent cathedral in a small market town in medieval England. The spine of the book is the story of how to build a cathedral, but around this are stories of the lives of individuals integral to the construction, each a unique character bringing violence, romance, passion, or treachery to this saga. It’s a fast paced read, and I’ve been enthralled each time I’ve read this book. Ken Follett is a master story teller and all of his books are compelling, but this one most of all. It’s on many lists of the top 100 bests selling books and was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. I’d give it six on a scale of fives stars!
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Today’s Book Review Challenge reviewer is Elaine Jeremiah.
Elaine has read and reviewed Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler
Here is Elaine’s Review;
An intriguing twist on a well-known historical saga
This book was a slow burner for me. I felt it took a while to get going, in terms of the action unfolding. But once it did the story pulled me along and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I thought the idea of updating the story of Henry 8th and his six wives to modern day Britain was ingenious. The story begins in the seventies when Harry Lanchester takes over the running of the family business when his father dies. Tyler goes on to tell the tale of Harry and his succession of wives and mistresses in a saga which spans four decades. Tyler depicts the passing decades with accuracy and nothing ever felt anachronistic as I was reading it.
I thought that Tyler did a fantastic job in getting inside the heads of Harry’s love interests. All of the six women were completely different from each other in terms of character and disposition, and that helped to make the story move along quickly. I think the character who stood out for me the most was the updated Anne Boleyn – Annette Hever. I really felt that Tyler almost resurrected Anne Boleyn in the form of this modern character and she felt so real – I could easily understand how she’d taken Harry’s heart and then lost it again.
Harry Lanchester was equally believable and knowing a little bit about Henry 8th, I could easily picture him in my mind. He’s an equally likeable and ‘loathable’ character and I thought that Tyler mirrored Henry 8th’s character with that of the modern Harry perfectly.
You don’t have to know anything about history to enjoy this novel and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a gripping story with an exciting plot and memorable characters.
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