The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett

  • Release Date: 1990-07-09
  • Genre: Historical
  • Size: 34.87 MB
Score: 4.5
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah's Book Club Selection

The “extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece” (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett’s already phenomenal career—and begins where its prequel, The Evening and the Morning, ended.

“Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner,” extolled Publishers Weekly on the release of The Pillars of the Earth. A departure for the bestselling thriller writer, the historical epic stunned readers and critics alike with its ambitious scope and gripping humanity. Today, it stands as a testament to Follett’s unassailable command of the written word and to his universal appeal. 
The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.
A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.


  • Excellent

    By Moses Belle
    This is an excellent novel. I loved the plots, twist and turns and the historical information. I loved this book and I didn’t want it to end. Do read this book. This is Ken Follett at the top of his story telling. He is one of the greatest writers of all time.
  • Captivating

    By PineapplesRInMyHead
    Really loved how everything is connected and every character is linked. The entire plot is really well planned it is aesthetically pleasing. The ending attempts to discuss bigger topics but feels a bit out of place. Overall, a great read.
  • Great idea....drivel writing

    By Egg44
    Wow. I had hoped for something truly extraordinary and epic, but this was filled with cliches and felt that the author was envisioning a predictable Mel Gibson schlocky movie while writing it. Big disappointment. There are far more intelligent pieces of works out there.
  • I’m just going to say this — he is an amazing author!!!!

    By Bshields33
    I absolutely love all of his work, and appreciate all the details he puts into it.
  • Nice easy read!

    Great historical content!
  • Absolutely couldn’t stop reading.

    By 87Lakers
    In my top ten favorite books all-time.
  • Pedestrian writing and plot

    By Chose555
    Too plodding and predictable—I felt like each paragraph was religiously written from an outline. I got halfway through and just decided I didn’t care anymore.
  • Pillars of the Earth

    By Stratsan
    Superb! Wonderfully strong heroines. Enlightening.

    By Novelist Want To Be
    I have read thousands of books. This will forever be my favorite.
  • Didn't want to put it down

    By Dicupcake
    Just an excellent read. Follett really knows how to develop his characters in such a way that you feel as if you know them. Very interesting information on building a church during the Middle Ages. I'm looking forward to reading the next in this series.