As I was walking past the small book section at my local Albertsons, I came across the book by Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth. I cross checked the small storage bank in my crowed mind, and was unable to find it listed there. Humm, I thought as I lifted the book off the rack. Interesting.
I guess I have been out of the loop lately. This book appears to have been hitting mainstream readers with a loud bang! And yet, here I sit with book in hand, unable to remember if I have ever seen it before.
Starz has even made a miniseries out of it. Why then have I not noticed it before now? I have always prided myself on being up to date on the “new” books out there. Even if I have never read them. I am totally in love with the historical fiction novels like Gods:The Emperor of war, by Conn Iggulden. In fact, anything that has to do with Gaius Julius Caesar, the roman empire, Queen Elizabeth I or anything remotely relating to Gothic cathedrals, the 12th century, blood and lust I am in for the ride. Ken Follett’s book is not a “new” book by any means. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Pillars of Earth was written in 1989.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it.
The Pillars of the Earth is a historical novel by Ken Follett published in 1989 about the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England. It is set in the middle of the twelfth century, primarily during the time sometimes called the Anarchy, between the time of the sinking of the White Ship and the murder of Thomas Becket. The book traces the development of Gothic architecture out of the preceding Romanesque architecture and the fortunes of the Kingsbridge priory against the backdrop of actual historical events of the time.
Before this novel was published, Follett was known for writing in the thriller genre. The Pillars of the Earth became his best-selling work. The book was listed at no. 33 on the BBC’s Big Read, a 2003 survey with the goal of finding the “nation’s best-loved book.” The book was also selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 2007. A sequel, entitled World Without End, was released in October 2007
After reading this and the back cover, you can see that this book is right up my alleyway! I am not sure why I have never read it before. Could it be that I looked at the cover and never thought it would be that interesting? Could it be that I simply never have seen it before? Whatever the reason may be, I am definitely interested now. I hope you will stay tuned for my adventure with this 1007 page book. More is sure to come…
Until then, Remember
It is never too late to follow your dreams