The Pillars of the Earth

PillarsOfEarthSuggested by Brad Nelson • This epic—a twelfth-century tale of the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral—stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. One of the truly best historical novels.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I think one could have a website devoted to just this book. There’s a lot in it. It is the best historical novel I have ever read.

    At 983 pages it may seem a bit daunting. But it reads very smoothly, and is nicely digestible in small portions if you prefer. There are many somewhat self-contained “scenes” that you can easily digest and put down as you please. You by no means have to read this book all at once.

    Someone had initially suggested this book to me. So I went to the library to check it out. I found it on the shelf and it had an “Oprah book club selection” sticker on it. I almost put it back on the shelf because of this.

    But it forged ahead and was glad that I did. This book does a marvelous job of setting you in the Middle Ages. And if you have any nascent love for architecture or the details of how they used to build these huge Cathedrals, then all the better. But there’s enough in this book to keep nearly anyone interest.

    I started reading the sequel to this, World Without End, and sort of stalled on that. Maybe someone who has read it can let me know if it’s worth trudging on. But there are just so many books, and so little time, that many of these books have a “been there, done that” aspect, so I tend to want to move on to something different.

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