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Reviews of Pillars of the Earth, the (1989)

Review by Beaver (2007-11-10)
Pillars of the Earth is well written historical fiction revolving around the building of a church in the 12th century. It's a gripping and easy read that's difficult to put down. It gives some good insight into the lives of people at that time with even more focus on architecture of cathedrals. Despite that, it's a good story that keeps ripping right along with lots of court intrigue and machinations. It's a lot more interesting than it sounds - really being about the lives of people with the building of a cathedral and history about political successions occurring in the background. The characters are deep, detailed and amazingly well written. They are fleshed out well and you really get to know them. The plot is riveting with lots of ups and downs and conspiracies, intrigue, love, revenge, violence and war - this book has it all. It's a good blend of characters, plot and history. Overall, I found it very enjoyable despite some minor quibbles - the plot was a little simplistic at times, the characters are a little black and white with no shades of gray and no real character development through the story. 9/10

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