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The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett

Date Completed: October 19th, 2005

Several people recommended this book to me with hefty claims such as "this is the best book I've ever read!" I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first. It's a long book, so I knew it wasn't going to be one of the "quick reads." It took me longer than usual to complete, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. I'm not sure if it is the "best book I have ever read," but it's certainly one of the best. The novel is set in 12th-century England and centers around the building of a cathedral. I'm no expert on medieval history, but I did feel like I got a sense of the lives of that time through reading this book. Follett makes you feel for the characters as he takes you through their stories. This is one that I highly recommend.

Other books by Ken Follett that Kerry has read recently:

  • The Pillars of the Earth

    Other historical fiction:

  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova