World Without End, by Ken Follet

Giant thousand page novel about 14th century England society & the life of a small town — really a continuation of the story Follett started in The Pillars of the Earth, about building a cathedral in the same town about a century prior. I find Follett’s books a little thin in terms of depth of character and long on plot — so sometimes the longer books like this are a bit tedious — I’m ready to be through with them by the time I finish.

Anyway, this was a pretty good book — really just a study in the various aspects of life in England 700 years ago, and that stuff was provocative & interesting — made me think.

But given that this is a thousand page sequel to another thousand page novel, even one that Oprah likes, I’m pretty sure that not too many people will actually read the thing, which seems fine to me.

4 comments

  1. I still haven’t read the third book in Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle. My friends and I called reading that trilogy “Climbing Mt. Stephenson” because of the huge size of the books (and the infodumps). The funny thing is that I’m a huge fan.

    I am interested in the book you mention here but I’m not sure when I’d have time to read it. ­čÖé

  2. I still haven’t read the third book in Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle. My friends and I called reading that trilogy “Climbing Mt. Stephenson” because of the huge size of the books (and the infodumps). The funny thing is that I’m a huge fan.

    I am interested in the book you mention here but I’m not sure when I’d have time to read it. ­čÖé

  3. This is a very poor review of a novel that deserves much better. You have devoted less than two lines on the content of this book, making me wonder why you bothered in the first place.

  4. I have not read this book as yet but am looking forward to the read.Ken is a super writer and i have all his books in hard cover.The wait between books is agonising.
    Please advise how I go about ordering a book direct?