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

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!

NLC4321 Dec 18, 2009

Excellent. Very long, but totally captivating.

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