World Without End

World Without End In Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds o

  • Title: World Without End
  • Author: Ken Follett
  • ISBN: 9780525950073
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected Critics were overwhelmed it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you Chicago Tribune and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel.World Without End takIn 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected Critics were overwhelmed it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you Chicago Tribune and readers everywhere hoped for a sequel.World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race the Black Death.Three years in the writing, and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End breathes new life into the epic historical novel and once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

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    • Ken Follett

      Ken Follett is one of the world s most successful authors Over 160 million copies of the 31 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages.Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector, Ken was educated at state schools and went on to graduate from University College, London, with an Honours degree in philosophy He was made a fellow of the college in 1995.He started his career as a reporter, first with his hometown newspaper, the South Wales Echo, and then with the London Evening News Subsequently, he worked for a small London publishing house, Everest Books, eventually becoming the deputy managing director.Ken s last project, the Century Trilogy, has sold 19.5 million copies worldwide The three books tell the story of the twentieth century through five generations on three continents Ken s first major success came with the publication of Eye of the Needle in 1978 A World War II thriller set in England, this book earned him the 1979 Edgar Award for Best Novel from the Mystery Writers of America It remains one of his most popular books.In 1989, Ken s epic novel about the building of a medieval cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth, was published It reached number one on bestseller lists everywhere and was turned into a major television series produced by Ridley Scott, which aired in 2010 The next book in the Kingsbridge series, World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, proved equally popular when it was published in 2007 The Kingsbridge series has sold 38 million copies worldwide.Ken has been active in numerous literacy charities and was the president of Dyslexia Action for ten years He was the chair of the National Year of Reading, a joint initiative between government and businesses He is also active in many Stevenage charities and is the president of the Stevenage Community Trust Ken also set up The Follett Trust, which awards single donations to the arts and in cases of social deprivation and education.Ken, who loves music almost as much as he loves books, is an enthusiastic bass guitar player in two bands He lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, with his wife, Barbara, the former Labour member of Parliament for Stevenage Between them they have five children, six grandchildren, and three Labradors.

    103 thoughts on “World Without End

    • We who are born poor have to use cunning to get what we want Scruples are for the privileged I must confess I am addicted to these Ken Follett novels I finished World Without End and had to pick up A Column of Fire immediately I m also going to get to his Century trilogy at some point These books are bloodstained historical soap operas and I just can t get enough.Follett knows how to create exactly the right amount of drama and set it to the gory backdrop of history I ve always loved being taken [...]

    • Put some towels down because I sense a fully formedgush geyser about to spill all over this review This book was fantastic and really did it for me I loved it, all 1000 pages, and I wouldn t have minded if it was considerably longer TWSS After than loving The Pillars of the Earth that s right, I lurved it , I had tall hopes for this sorta sequel and let me tell you it was than up to the task I was parched and hungry for a good meaty read Well consider me gorged and my story thirst completely s [...]

    • This companion novel to Follett s 1989 classic The Pillars of the Earth is set in the same community, 200 years later I d been excited about it ever since I heard it was coming out this fall Maybe too excited, because it just didn t live up to my expectations.The first half of the book seemed a sort of ho hum retread of Pillars In place of Jack Builder, we have his look alike great great great many times over grandson, Merthin Instead of Aliena, we get Caris who I wanted to slap several times du [...]

    • Here s a book that completely copies the first book in the series Here s a book that follows the same sense of narrative progression, character development and resolution as it predecessor It is one who s characters bear a striking resemblance to their ancestors in terms of individual personality and their place within the story yet, for all the repetition, Follett churns out an equally as engrossing story as that of The Pillars of the Earth.What have I to complain about This is one of those rar [...]

    • Whether I ve been good or bad, I don t think God will be fooled by a last minute change of heart World Without End is the second installment in Follett s Kingsbridge series and what a world it is.Set during one of the most turbulent times in European History, amidst the beginning of the Hundred Years War and the nightmare of the Black Death that swept over the continent causing the deaths of an unthinkable percentage of the population, it is one example of why Historical Fiction is the Genre of [...]

    • Set two centuries after Pillars of the Earth, the people of Kingsbridge are at it again The cathedral built in Pillars is in disrepair after part of the roof caved in, the bridge collapsed, and the prior is dead Also, the constant maneuvering continuesSo, I fell into a trap with this one After devouring Dinocalypse Now in a morning, my girlfriend asked if I managed to read an entire book in four hours I said I had and she slammed me with this, saying it shouldn t take me than a few days Sighing [...]

    • 5 stars to Ken Follett s World Without End One of my favorite books of all time I was just mesmerized by the characters and everything they went thru It is a MUST read.It s a long read, and it takes place hundreds of years ago, but if you can handle the primitive nature of the timeline, the various plots and subplots will astound you Amazing.I kept getting angry at all the tragedy thrown at the two main characters How could they suffer so much And for years I ll stop there as I don t want to giv [...]

    • In all practical theory, this book should be on my Sucked shelf It s a tale of the Middle Ages, the gross injustices of the time, and it truly amounts to a thousand page Medieval soap opera It hasn t got much to do with it s predecessor The Pillars of the Earth, except that it s in the same location 200 years later, with characters that are descendants of the Pillars characters There s none of the complex building and architectural aspects found in Pillars, the graphic sex and violence has been [...]

    • Follett finally completed the sequel to his evergreen historical novel, The Pillars of the Earth, and although I was compelled by the story enough to read all 1024 pages in a week, I was saddened at how poorly the book compares with its predecessor.It is interesting to consider the nearly 20 years between the first book and this sequel Many things have changed in our culture since then, leading Follett to inject even egregious anachronisms into this book than the first For example, the characte [...]

    • After a lengthy hiatus Ken Follett returns to the series with a second epic tome, if you pardon the pun building on the Kingsbridge Cathedral theme laid out in Pillars of the Earth It is now the mid 1300s, two centuries after Tom Builder, Jack, Aliena, and Prior Phillip helped shape this community Their presence is felt through ancestral breadcrumbs and mentioned throughout the complex narrative that seeks to breathe new life into Kingsbridge The narrative develops early with the emergence of fo [...]

    • Oh, what a long read it was, but no regrets the book is really good I was fascinated reading The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End enchanted me from the first pages World Without End is considered the sequel to Pillars of the Earth , though none of the original characters reappear However the descendants of the main family in Pillars of the Earth gather to tell the new story about Kingsbridge and the people tied to it Beginning two centuries after The Pillars of the Earth in the same to [...]

    • Well, Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorite books and I was looking forward to completely enjoying this without reservation But way back when it first came out, I stumbled onto an online discussion that cited a passage with anachronistic vocabulary, which bothered me It was very anachronistic So it was a single passage, but it added some reservation to my anticipated complete enjoyment And then I got to page 15, and there s this conversation that no two people would ever have under any circ [...]

    • World Without End, a follow up to Ken Follett s surprise bestseller Pillars of the Earth, steals a page from the Bill Ted s Excellent Adventure playbook A motley collection of insipid characters if possible, even stupider and less realistic than Bill Ted get into a time machine and travel back to year 1327 and the village of Kingsbridge Wait Oh, wait There are no time machines The characters in World Without End are supposed to represent actual people from the 14th century Well I read Pillars of [...]

    • The Pillars of the Earth was pretty good, but WWE is supposed to be a sequel However, WWE seems to be a 1000 page snorefest after the first book Perhaps if I had read them 18 years apart then I would not have minded that WWE is a plagiarized by the same author copy of TPOTE They have the same plot, same polar characters no one is reasonable, they are all so totally overboard in every description , same activities, same cads, same villians, same love story Same everything But the characters all h [...]

    • 3.75 You see, all that I ever held dear has been taken from me, she said in a matter of fact tone And when you ve lost everything Her facade began to crumble, and her voice broke, but she made herself carry on When you ve lost everything, you ve got nothing to lose This is the truth about this book, similar issues I had with The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follet piles up small, every day problems that were typical for all in Medieval Europe, and adds to them and and problems, big and small, unt [...]

    • This is the sequel to Pillars of the Earth It s set 200 years after that original book but is very similar in terms of plot and especially character Every main character from Pillars has their parallel in this book the intelligent, noble builder the feisty, born before her time love interest the evil, corrupt nobleman who rapes and pillages his way into power It gets to the point where you start to wonder why you re bothering reading it There s absolutely nothing new here.Like Pillars, this one [...]

    • One of my book clubs selected this as we had all read and loved Pillars of the Earth when it came out 20 years ago I got halfway through this tome and decided I didn t want to waste another moment of my life on a book which failed on so many counts The characters didn t seem real and certainly didn t elicit any sympathy from this reader as they moved from one contrived crisis to the next, the writing was repetitive and juvenile a gifted high school student could write better , the language was t [...]

    • I cannot find the words to express how disappointed I was with this book Having enjoyed Pillars of the Earth twice I awaited the issue of the sequel with immense enthusiasm What a letdown The characters, the plot,the writing are all dreadfulMr Follett has tried to bring the 13th century into the 21st and it hasn t worked The gratuitous sex and foul language spoil the book from the first chapter and for the first time in years, I will not be finishing this novel Very sad to see a good author with [...]

    • Book 1 3 Book 2 3.5 I had heard the rest of the series wasn t as good as book one so I was pleasantly surprised The book started out much like a carbon copy of its predecessor It is era two and there are a lot of parallels between many of the characters and the plot However this one was much darker and the author put empathy into his character There were still some head scratching actions of different characters that seems completely out of character for this time period There were also some re [...]

    • When I had in my hands World without end I had a mixture of excitement and fear, I will explain it For me the Pillars of the Earth was and is one of my favourite books, I could say that is within my Top 5 favourite books, so when I first took World without end I had a great desire to know what Ken Follett wrote but also I was afraid that comparing to its precursor novel could disappoint me I was wrong World without end is an extraordinary book, and now I have to say that it competes with the pos [...]

    • Follett es un misterio para m , no s c mo lo hace, como escribiendo libros de m s de mil p ginas, te mantiene interesado en todo momento y no te aburre, me agradan los libros largos, pero casi siempre me pasa que cuando estoy en una lectura extensa, de un momento a otro siento que me est n metiendo relleno muy al estilo de Naruto y que el editor pudo haber hecho mejor su trabajo, pero me estoy yendo por las ramas, a lo nuestro Kingsbridge, han pasado dos siglos desde los eventos de Los Pilares d [...]

    • Second Ken Follett, second Ken Follett audiobook, second Ken Follett audiobook listened to in car, first time I have ever wished to be caught in a really humungous traffic jam.This was an enthralling sort of sequel to the The Pillars of the Earth I say sort of because it is set some 200 years after the end of that wondrous story Just as the previous novel looked at the building of the Cathedral and the growth of the fictional city of Kingsbridge through the disastrous 19 year reign of King Steph [...]

    • Let me preface this review by saying that I loved Pillars of the Earth A lot I thought it was almost perfect, in fact, except for one minor issue that I had with the dialogue sounding too modern for the time period an issue I had with World Without End, too After being engrossed in that book, loving, hating, caring about the characters in it, after feeling like I was living in Kingsbridge for 900 pages, I was excited for this follow up I wanted , I wanted to be back in that world, experiencing l [...]

    • epic, historic novel Good Lord, I must be reading a different book than everyone else.This seems formulaic and forced Characters are like caricatures and what s the deal with everyone fornicating all the time Not that there s anything wrong with fornicating per se, I just don t care for books that use it as a major plot device time after time after time.I actually checked the cover to make sure it wasn t Clan of the Cave Bear 2.0I m going to finish this book I think cause I m feeling a little m [...]

    • I think this is one of those rare occasions where the sequel turned out better than the original I use the term sequel loosely, there are a few references to the first book, but most of what happens is independent of that Pillars of the Earth was an amazing story, but I think at times it was a little bogged down with the descriptions of medieval masonry World Without End certainly has architectural elements, but it was usually a couple quick sentences about how Merthin could build something new, [...]

    • This book is like the book before the Pillar of the Earth in that it is about the lives of three or four main characters throughout their lives of childhood through adulthood seen through their troubles and hopes every so often in the the city of Kingsbridge, two hundred years after It starts with two family, the family of Gwenda, who is poor and steals from Merthin and Ralph, making them without broke It is a book that is epic with their struggle between the them along with other characters, in [...]

    • This is a longry long book At times it was difficult to get motivated to keep going with it I have really enjoyed Ken Follett s books in the past, but the endless scheming, plotting and machinations of the characters became tiring I m fine with all the sex and hypocrisy of the church The difficulty I had was that the characters are drawn with very large black and white brush strokes The protagonists are just way too good and the antagonists are just so evil There s no grey anywhere and that make [...]

    • A pretty darn good book you laugh, you re horrified, the whole gamut but what makes this a truly amazing read is the audio recording by John Lee, who is also the reader of Penguin Audio s recording of Pillars of the Earth Both recordings are well worth the time commitment to listen to 30 unabridged CD s I walked around and drove everywhere with my headphones on listening to both of these amazing books World Without End is a continuation of the Kingsbridge story begun in Pillars of the Earth, thi [...]

    • I think Danielle Steele might have written parts of this she must have at least been responsible for the overwrought plot and the ridiculous, unnecessary sex scenes It was bawdy and endless, just like every Steele book I read as a blushing 12 year old I also kept imagining Richard Chamberlin as Merthin, as the plot just kept going and going like the Thornbirds miniseries There were about seven hundred and fifty climaxes and denoument Just when a character was happy, he or she would be destroyed [...]

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