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Pillars of the Earth: Part 6 - End (Spoilers)

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Topic: Pillars of the Earth: Part 6 - End (Spoilers)
Posted By: pattirose
Subject: Pillars of the Earth: Part 6 - End (Spoilers)
Date Posted: November/08/2007 at 8:06am
Finished it last night and that included re-reading the first couple chapters, took me week to read the 973 pages and I really wasn't pushing it, no all night marathons, it just reads very fast.
Good book, great characters. Follett tied everything everything up neatly and didn't leave anything open or unfinished. I'm happy it's not a series as I think it would take away from the book, I'd had enough of the story and characters by the end, I wasn't left wanting more.
I rate it a 8/10 not higher only because the characters acted and thought like they were from our time not the 1100's but by doing that I believe the reader could identify with them more.
Like GeneB said in another thread you'll love and hate all the characters at some point through the book but William was my favorite, gotta love those villains! I didn't like Tom from the very beginning and I don't feel he ever really redeemed himself for his actions with the baby Johnathan or Agnes and the reasons he got them all in that mess from the start.



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Posted By: GeneB
Date Posted: November/08/2007 at 8:45am
yes...as he started out as the *main* character he really became one of the least by the time he died. I was sad when he was killed because I wanted him to redeem himself...not to be. I'm game for the next book follett wrote about kingsbridge, tho.

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: November/08/2007 at 9:42am
I'll let you read it first and report back, lol!

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Posted By: GeneB
Date Posted: November/09/2007 at 11:56am
you don't think we can get it selected as a group greed read??????????////

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: November/09/2007 at 1:27pm
Sure could, but it would probably be just you and me kid!

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Posted By: GeneB
Date Posted: November/12/2007 at 7:27am
True...True...now where did that Jen run off to???

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Posted By: sumfamousperson
Date Posted: December/04/2007 at 1:01pm
Originally posted by pattirose pattirose wrote:

Sure could, but it would probably be just you and me kid!


I've asked for it for Christmas. I'll join in!


Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: December/04/2007 at 2:36pm
I've already picked up the next one, but need a break from the time period for a bit. So you can definately count me in when the time comes for that read.

One thing I noticed was that in the end the only person whom I saw fit to be punished was Alfred, he was totally rotten. I can't quite feel the same about William for his parents were horrid to begin with, especially Regan.

I felt sad for Thomas being slain, but he became a saint. I liked how Sally went off with a boy she liked. It all seemed to come together well, I really enjoyed it...Philip was definately my favorite character.

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Posted By: sumfamousperson
Date Posted: December/04/2007 at 3:39pm
This was a brilliant book :)

I'm reading the Canterbury tales for one of my classes, and an intro by some proffesor talks about the murder of Thomas Becket... I was like, "That was in the book I just read...I never knew that really happend! Crazy..."


Posted By: kauldron26
Date Posted: December/08/2007 at 1:48am
yo how am i just discovering there's a book club thing on here?? lol here i was thinking i was the only one. well i posted my thoughts on the other authors place. incredible book. Jack and Aliena are one of my favorite couples of all time. they made this book for me.   to think Aliena thought she couldnt love Jack and then she literally is travelling Europe for a year with a baby to find the love of her life... it just doesnt get better than that. i have listened to those select scenes over and over and over and over again. their love was simply profound.

i know martha ended up having a family and kids but did we ever find out who? any details? i dont remember.

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Posted By: kauldron26
Date Posted: December/08/2007 at 2:11am
according to ken follett

http://www.ken-follett.com/fanfare/letters_0702.html

In Chapter One of 'Pillars', which takes place in 1135, Martha is seven years old. The last time she appears in the book is at the wedding of Jack and Aliena, in Chapter Sixteen, which takes place in 1155, so she must be 27. She is mentioned later in the book, especially when characters are recalling the events of 1135, but nothing is said about her romantic life. It is hinted that she may harbour a secret love for Jack, who is of course her stepbrother. So I think we may imagine that, after the wedding, she may at last have fallen in love with someone and had children in her late twenties or thirties.

After all her descendant is a main character in the sequel.

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: January/30/2008 at 2:10pm
I happened to turn on the tv today and Ken Follett was on Oprah. It seems Pillars was a bookclub pick of hers. Most likely the interview is on her site somewhere but I haven't checked.
Follett said the working title of the book was "Vaulting" but changed it because he thought people would think it was about pole-vaulting. He ended up getting "Pillars" from a bible quote.

I am rather surprised she raved about it as much as she did, it doesn't seem like the kind of book she would enjoy, mainly because of the numerous sex/rape scenes and the way Tom treated his wife and the baby at the beginning of the book.





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Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: February/12/2008 at 3:54am
I'm glad I read it before she put her "stamp of approval" on it, in that case I may have intentionally passed it by. I usually make a point to not read something because a celeb says it good, it's not the word of god.




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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: June/08/2009 at 9:35am
WOOHOO!! They are making a mini-series based on the book.

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH

During a civil war, a famine and religious strife, a magnificent cathedral rises in Kingsbridge. Based on the bestselling novel by Ken Follett, this is the story of the intertwining lives of a master builder, a noblewoman, the Prior of Kingsbridge, an artist and a woman from the forest who casts a spell. In association with CBC, this Movie Central and The Movie Network original series is a co-production of Muse Entertainment and Tandem Communications with the association of Scott Free Films Ltd., with an outstanding international ensemble cast that includes Ian McShane (Deadwood, Kings), Donald Sutherland (Dirty Sexy Money, Cold Mountain) and Rufus Sewell (The Eleventh Hour, The Illusionist). The Pillars of the Earth is directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes), written by John Pielmeier (The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Agnes of God) and executive produced by Michael Prupas and Rola Bauer with producer John Ryan. Currently in pre-production.


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