The Pillars of the Earth Deluxe Edition (Oprah #60)

By Ken Follett
(NAL Trade, Paperback, 9780451225245, 973pp.)

Publication Date: November 14, 2007

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The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

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  1. Ken Follett has said: "When I started to look at cathedrals, I wondered: Who built them, and why? The book is my answer to that question." Why do you think the great medieval cathedrals were built?
    Some things to think about:
    How does the building of the cathedral satisfy the ambitions of the main characters – Tom Builder, Prior Philip, Aliena, and Jack? How does it affect the lives of other important characters in the story?

Praise For The Pillars of the Earth Deluxe Edition (Oprah #60)

“A novel of majesty and power.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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