A really good read

Have recently finished Ken Follett’s World Without End. I don’t often give a book ten out of ten, but this one certainly merits it. Eleven hundred page-turning pages. Set in 14th Century England; a saga about power and corruption battling against integrity and common-sense. There is a great deal of background information about people’s lives, hopes and fears during that period of history. A painless way to absorb historical information by osmosis, as it were. Its only fault for me was that at times the tension became unbearable. But that was because I cared so much about the characters involved. A book with a good story, sound characterisation and erudite language is rare. However, I am almost scared at looking for other books by the same author. I need to recover first.

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8 Responses to A really good read

  1. Mina says:

    I trust it is now in the bookcase (for re-reading purposes!)

  2. freda says:

    Sadly it had to back to the library

  3. freda says:

    Available from amazon at £4.75 – don’t know what the print is like of course – you might need a magnifying glass

  4. RevRuth says:

    Have you read the prequel Pillars of the Earth? It is up there amongst my favourite books and I recommend it to everyone. Have got World Without End but never had a good chunk of time to read it. After your comments I will make it move up the list pronto. And I wouldn’t bother with his others – mostly Nazi spy thrillers. Pillars of the Earth was his big departure from that genre. Well worth it though. Great story too that tells how he wrote it.

  5. Pat says:

    Read you daily from just outside Washington, DC, USA…another 65 yr old woman who loves dogs..I use to have a travel trailer (campervan)..traveled with my dogs and husband, now spend most of my free time babysitting for my grandchildren…good life for us..no?
    To my question….did you read Pillars of The EArth..before World without End? I’m having trouble getting into Pillars…should I just start with World?

  6. freda says:

    Hi Pat, Haven’t read Pillars of the Earth, though as you will see above Ruth has recommended it. Think I will give it a try, but maybe wait for a longish holiday. Sounds to me like you could start with World Without End

  7. freda says:

    Thanks for the recommendation, Ruth, I shall certainly have a go at Pillars of the Earth. Have one of his other books from the library. Maybe it will just stay on the shelf.

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