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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Very reminicent of Pillars of the Earth. Captivating but the same little guy against the big guy story line as Pillars.
Exactly as good as the preceding book "The Pillars Of The Earth", which is a rare feat.
If you liked "Pillars", you'll enjoy this one, too. You are pulled into these peoples lives & only sorry when it ends.
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?
Enjoyed The Pillars of the Earth so much that I was very excited to read this book. Very disappointed. The book seemed trite, and the ending was a letdown.
After reading The Pillars of the Earth, I had to read World without End. I couldn't put this one down either. Great read!
The story was too similar to the first. The characters repeat themselves (Ralph Fitzgerald is Hamleigh back from the dead!), the crises repeat themselves (what? two people who love each other aren't allowed to marry because of the church??), even the plot repeats itself (rebel individual meanders through Europe admiring the architecture). Follett, your work was magic the first time around, but it's old news on round two. I was still entertained, I still finished it in record time, but I feel cheated.
This tome is daunting but well worth the effort. You get so involved in the lives of the characters, they live on in your head. They become like family/neighbors and as you get into the story you feel like you are part of the "gossip" line into their lives.
An intriguing story about 14th C. Britain and how the people lived back then. It's about love lost and won and how religion and politics entered into people's lives. A fascinating story that will keep you spellbound. The characters live on in your head long after you finish the book.
I really enjoyed that book and recommend it to everyone!
Another unforgettable historical fiction read by Ken Follett. Loosely based on his earlier book, Pillars of the Earth, this story follows an architect, healer, knight and peasant as they live their lives in medieval Knightsbridge. At about 1,000 pages, it seems a little daunting to read at first, but its well worth the read.
As in Pillars of the Earth, to which WWE is the sequel, the city of Kingsbridge is brought to life with colorful, boisterous, endearing and occasionally excruciating detail. The story begins approximately 200 years after PotE. At 1,000 pages, it's a hefty tome to lug around, but it's a relatively quick and absorbing read.
In several ways WWE was almost like reading the first book over again. The protagonists' and antagonists' names have changed, but at times I felt, mildly disappointedly, that I'd read it all before. Still highly recommended as Follett's prose is breathtaking as usual, but make sure you read PotE first.
This is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth