World Without End

World Without End

Book - 2007
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Two centuries after the building of the elaborate Gothic cathedral in Kingsbridge, its prior finds himself at the center of a web of ambition and revenge that places the city at a crossroad of commerce, medicine, and architecture.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, c2007
ISBN: 9780525950073
Characteristics: 1014 p. ; 25 cm


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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.

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?

jreyna Mar 28, 2011

sequel to pillars of the earth

Jun 06, 2010

from Chapters:IF you liked New York you'll like Ken Follet
Ken Follett has 90 million readers worldwide. The Pillars of the Earth is his bestselling book of all time. Now, eighteen years after the publication of The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett has written the most-anticipated sequel of the year-World Without End. In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected. Critics were overwhelmed-"it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you" (Chicago Tribune)-and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel. World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas- about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race-the Black Death. Three years in the writing, and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End breathes new life into the epic historical novel and once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

Well known as a writer of international best sellers, Ken Follett was born in Wales and began his career as a newspaper reporter in Wales and in London. His first bestselling novel, The Eye of the Needle, won the Edgar Award and was adapted as a film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland. He followed this success with four more bestselling thrillers - Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St Petersburg, and Lay Down with Lions. His novel, Pillars of the Earth, departed from the thriller genre and was on the New York Times bestseller list for 18 weeks. It also reached the number one position on lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy, and was on Germany's bestseller list for six years. He followed Pillars of the Earth with Night over Water, A Dangerous Fortune, and A Place Called Freedom, before returning to the writing of thrillers with The Third Twin, a scorching suspense novel. Miniseries rights to this book were sold to CBS for $1,400,000. The series, starring Kelly McGillis and Larry Hagman, was broadcast in November of 1997. In November of 1998, Follett published The Hammer of Eden, another suspense story. Ken Follett is married to Barbara Follett, who is the Member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire. He is a lover of Shakespeare and an amateur musician who plays bass guitar in a band called Damn Right I Got the Blues. He is also chair of the National Year of Reading 1998-99, a British government initiative to raise literacy levels, president of the Dyslexia Institute, and a council member of the National Literacy Trust.

May 17, 2010

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.

Mar 15, 2010

After reading The Pillars of the Earth, I had to read World without End. I couldn't put this one down either. Great read!

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