The Pillars of the Earth

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The Pillars of the Earth

By Ken Follett

Signet Book, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451166890, 983pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2007

Description
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Oprah's Book Club Selection
If you liked the Century Trilogy, you ll love the extraordinary . . . monumental masterpiece (Booklist) that changed the course of Ken Follett's already phenomenal career.

Follett risks all and comes out a clear winner, extolledPublishers Weeklyon the release ofThe 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 Earthtells 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.



About the Author
Ken Follettburst into the book world withEye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller and international bestseller. After several more successful thrillers, he surprised everyone withThe Pillars of the Earthand its long-awaited sequel, World Without End, a national and international bestseller. Follett s new, magnificent historical epic, the Century Trilogy, includes the bestsellingFall of Giants, Winter of the World, andEdge of Eternity. He lives in England with his wife, Barbara. From the Trade Paperback edition."


Praise For The Pillars of the Earth

“Enormous and brilliant …a great epic tale…crammed with characters unbelievably alive across the great gulf of centuries…touches all human emotion—love and hate, loyalty and treachery, hope and despair.  See for yourself.  This is truly a novel to get lost in.”—Cosmopolitan
 
“Wonderful…will hold you, fascinate you, surround you.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“An extraordinary epic buttressed by suspense…a monumental masterpiece…A towering triumph from a major talent.”—Booklist
 
“A seesaw of tension….A novel that entertains, instructs, and satisfies on a grand scale” —Publishers Weekly

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