World Without End

World Without End

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On the day after Halloween, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed and revenge. They will see prosperity and famine, plague and war. One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful, corrupt nobleman. One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love. And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day. Ken Follett's masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, 2007
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780525950073
Characteristics: 1014 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 08, 2020

First time reader of Ken Follett. The progression of life experience within a generation during a time period in human history. I found it most entertaining and oh so true of the ways of human nature. Must read more of Ken Follett!

Jun 20, 2020

I had read Pillars of the earth and A column of fire before this so I wonder if I set myself up for disappointment. But Ken Follett delivered a masterpiece again. The locale is Kingsbridge as in Pillars of the earth but 200 years later and with a different cast. The one thing I have learned with Follett's books is that every character important or otherwise and every word uttered by each of these, in every sentence is sure to play a part in the story. Thus, one has to read with intense concentration as one is gripped with excitement and wants to proceed. In this story the main two characters are Caris and Merthin and one wonders whether they will ever get together. Caris loves Merthin but she also has a passion for medicine and wants to follow this passion. As always I followed the intrigues of church politics, economic maneuvering, architecture, and justice with bated breath. A must read either as a stand alone or as part of the trilogy.

Feb 21, 2020

Out of the three books in the Kingsbridge series this was my favorite. Even better than Pillars of the Earth. From the first chapter to the end this book will keep your attention to the very end. Vivid characters and story lines that are riveting. Suspense, action, and historical thriller all in one. Excellent read.

Mar 21, 2018

I didn't finish it. I liked The Pillars of the Earth, but this one had a lot of jarring anachronisms and the people were sorting out themselves and their building projects about the same as the first book, and I'd just had my fill.

Mar 20, 2013

I think I could love anything John Lee reads.
The 1st book, Pillars of the Earth, was one of the best. World without end satisfied my thirst for more of the same. It is nearly as good, well worth the trouble. If you enjoy the reader from this book my other fav is Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, but that is about all the two have in common.

Oct 20, 2012

The ignorant APL patrons that rented these CDS have scratched them to the point they're not worth listening. Maybe a little education for these idiots

Mar 19, 2012

Very reminicent of Pillars of the Earth. Captivating but the same little guy against the big guy story line as Pillars.

Aug 22, 2011

Exactly as good as the preceding book "The Pillars Of The Earth", which is a rare feat.

Jul 16, 2011

If you liked "Pillars", you'll enjoy this one, too. You are pulled into these peoples lives & only sorry when it ends.

ksoles May 19, 2011

I was super-excited to read "World Without End" but I also had my reservations. "Pillars of the Earth" ranks as my favourite book of all time but Follett wrote it eighteen years ago and, well, we all know how anticlimactic sequels can be! In "World Without End," Follett returns to Kingsbridge after a 200 year lapse, creating a tome that entwines the fates of four main characters with momentous 14th century events like the Black Death and the British wars with France under Edward II and III. The book contains some fascinating history and definitely includes intrigue and suspense: Kingsbridge's monastery is falling apart, its bridge is close to collapse, and a generation of young bloods is preparing to revolutionize the town. Follett brings together people from various walks of life, reflecting a community struggling with change. Out of this struggle come moments of tragedy and triumph, of decline and growth, of failure and success. It IS ultimately a page-turner though much of it reads a lot like "Pillars," both in characterization and plot development. Some elements of the book also seem overdone; I could have done with about 100 fewer pages of sex and violence! A very good read, just not as good as "Pillars." Then again, what is?

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Aug 30, 2020

it was said that pilgrims should not spend too much time planning their journey, for they might learn of so many hazards that they would decide not to go.


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