Pillars of the Earth

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Pillars of the Earth

Anyone read it? It's another I've heard really good things about, and I have it on my TBR list. I almost picked it up the other day, but thought I'd try to check it out first, before buying. I think I'll probably also save it for summer, as it is near (maybe even over) 1,000 pages.

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I am slowly reading it to my son as part of his bedtime routine. I've only heard rave reviews about it and actually received my copy as a gift, but frankly I don't see what the fuss is all about.

It drags on in places and doesn't seem that well edited. I am 200 pages into it and nothing has really happened yet. I read a review of the book in which the author states:

"Writing Pillars of the Earth was exhausting. It is much more difficult to write one book of 400,000 words than three or four shorter books because you have to keep making up more and more stuff about the same people. Pillars of the Earth took me three years and three months and towards the end I was working Saturdays and Sundays because I thought I was never going to get it finished." (from http://www.ken-follett.com/bibliography/the_pillars_of_the_earth.html

You can tell that this book is a stretch for him. I am reminded of his comment at each long-winded passage or when he recaps what happened in the last few pages.

Maybe someone can help me love this book. I won't give up on it but maybe I'm missing something?!?

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I'll be eager to hear what you think of it when you finish. I think I'll definitely hold off on it until summer though!!

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you guys always hear about the greatest books. I have not been reading much lately, lots going on. BUt I need to get another TBR list going and gear up for summer. So many books, so little time

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I read it and LOVED it. I was slow getting started, not the book, just me! But once I got almost half way, I literally couldn't put it down. I just bought the sequel to it. I am heading to the beach in a week and a half and am pretending I am going to get started on it there, while my 3 year old and 1 year old roam freely, lol!

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So excited to hear how much you liked it. I can't wait to read it this summer!!

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I also read this and loved it.

I found the first 200-300 pages long and boring but then I really got into it. I am also about to start the sequel.

just a note- I don't recommend reading this to a child. It has some VERY Raunchy and graphic parts that I was unconfortable reading at times.

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:lurk: Just saw this post on the New Posts list!

I read this one and LOVED it! It took a bit to get going, but wow! I love historically based books that describe the lives of people who live in those times. I'm facinated by what life was like. I personally found the descriptions of all the architecture boring, but my engineer FIL loved those parts!

I'm currently motoring through World Without End by the same author, it's set again in Kingsbridge Priory a few centuries later. Loving it too!

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This one is definitely on my TBR list, thanks to all those who responded!!