Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Pillar's of the Earth

The Pillars of the EarthThe Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
Evan’s ESS = 10 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = 8 out of 10
Content = NC-17 (Violence, Language, Nudity, Adult Content, Horribly Nasty Bad Guys)

Why: This novel is not for the faint of heart, and by faint of heart we mean anyone not afraid to go swimming immediately after consuming a chicken burrito with all the fixins from Chipotle.  Just wait until you meet the treachery of William Hamleigh and a certain unnamed cleric.  Our blood’s starting to boil just thinking about it. 

The Pillar’s of the Earth is a step away from the thriller genre for Ken Follett, though it is easily his most memorable book.  The novel follows the construction of a cathedral and all the politics, hardships, greed, awe, and time lapse that accompany the process.  The various attributes and innovations of many different cathedrals are described to such a degree that in some underground circles the completion of The Pillar’s of the Earth is the equivalency of a Doctorate in both Gothic and Romanesque Architecture.  Along the way you’ll literally meet thousands of characters (drastic overstatement) who will inspire a full range of emotions.  It will only take a few pages until you’re helplessly swept into the world of Medieval Europe and the city Kingsbridge.  The novel is epic in every sense of the word (except the portion of the definition referring to a long narrative poem written in elevated style… every other sense though).    

If you missed the content rating above, be warned that The Pillar’s of the Earth ventures into aspects of 12th century life that few people would discuss at the dinner table (if you’re related to the Vikings from the Capital One commercials, please accept our sincerest apologies).  The bottom line is that some readers will be offended while others will applaud Follett for his authenticity.  We guess you’ll just have to read the novel to pass judgment.  Whether you love it or hate it; we guarantee The Pillar’s of the Earth will stir your emotions.

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