The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett
32 sound disc
This is my very first Ken Follett book. It's huge, it's exciting, and sad and triumphant! Never have I read a book with so much hatred and suffering, yet with an overwhelming triumph too. This is a story about Tom Builder whose passion is to build a cathedral. He passed this passion to his apprentice, Jack Jackson. This urge to build a beautiful monument for God and man drove these people to extraordinary length.
I like the mixture of women in this story. There's Agnes who died in childbirth, and whose death change the course of her baby's life. There's Aliena, daughter or an earl who refused William Hamleigh's offer of marriage. This refusal would drive William to all depth of evil.
They all end up in Kingsbridge, the priory of Father Philip. Their journey in life is something not to be missed. I would recommend this book to every one. This book will make it to my list of "Books to Read before you die" if I were to make one.
I must say that John Lee, the reader, is an engaging reader. I like his voice very much.