"Celebrate we will because life is short but sweet for certain."
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.
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/bibliogra...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?!?
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!
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!