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Free download World Without End æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à The bestselling seuel to Pillars of the Earth On the day after Halloween in the year 1327 four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge They are a thief a bully a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor In the forest they see tS masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral Now World Without End takes readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later as the men women and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical chan. WORLD WITHOUT END BY KEN FOLLETT There are books that you read with vaguely interesting stories that sometimes within less than a month have been forgotten ignored barely recollected except for title author and a minor recall of plot Then there are books that change your mind on life that give you a thrill as you read them and think about how much you’re loving to read this particular book and how it’s making such an impression on you and how you’re going to remember it for a long part of your life I don’t need to tell you which kind of book World Without End is I’m also not going to give you a formal regurgitated plot summary that you can find in just about any review of this book I am however going to try to convince you why you should read this book with the intention that it will have the same pivotal impression on you as it did on meWhile I have never been a fan or proponent of the seemingly omnipotent Oprah and her book club she nevertheless has the power to make a considerable number of Americans do and importantly read whatever she tells them In January of this year Oprah nominated Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth for her book club and overnight people of all different kinds and of unexpected types picked up this lofty paperback tome set in the Middle Ages and documenting the fascinating building of a giant cathedral with immense architectural detail It’s one of my favorite books and to see so many people buying it and reading it made me happy Naturally once these people got to the last page of Pillars of the Earth and assuming they enjoyed it as much as Oprah said they would they would then turn to World Without End Follett’s new book has been labeled as the seuel of Pillars of the Earth which is not exactly correct for none of the original characters are in the new book and it is set in a later period however it involves descendants of the main family in Pillars of the Earth and there is the memory and impression left by characters both in historical record and physical form such as the cathedral But World Without End takes many giants leaps further forward as a deeper and complex book than Pillars of the Earth ever did euivalent to an ant making its way along a path while a person looks down upon the ant as they walk by Perspective is the key here and if one has some knowledge of the fourteenth century one will enjoy the book all the Don’t look for the good guys to always win out and the bad guys to fail in World Without End because like real life this world does not reward those who do good and punish those who do bad; it’s a harsh world that gives opportunity to the survivors of the fittest You must also remember that this is the fourteenth century the time of the peasant and noble a time where class distinction was at the most severe and was a defining character of every person Though while there is all this suffering one cannot help but think at some point it must get better for the characters you like and worse for the characters you hate and this is after all a novel but don’t expect Follett to do anything you might predictThe fourteenth century had a lot going on throughout Europe and what makes World Without End an incredible novel is that Follett uses the monumental and catastrophic events in microcosm focused on couple of small towns in England There was a cooling of temperatures which led to crop failure and starvation for many peasants known as the Great Famine; coupled with this was the uprising of peasants against their noble overlords who had subjugated and oppressed them for so long known as the Peasant’s Revolt There was the growing guild system where anyone wanting to become skilled in a trade would have to be invited to become a member of a guild Then there was horrific plague that was estimated to wipe out half the population of Europe known as the Black Death There was also the moving of the papacy from Rome to Avignon France which created a fission in the Christian faith and led to uestioning and critiue of the absolute religion Finally there was the seemingly never ending Hundred Years WarFollett skillfully uses these events in World Without End weighing in at 1024 pages but never overtly calls out any of them for what they are partly because a lot of the terms and names for the events were not yet in existence and because he seeks to be less overt and obvious but to have these events occur in most cases beyond the scope of these small towns to be events occurring far away that have little importance and effect on the citizens of the town – much like the Ira War is for the American people today At least this seems the case at first and then the subliminal effects come into play where men head off to war craftsmen have to fight to get into guilds peasants are suffering and in some cases starving the church is overbearing in its control and being uestioned and finally with the arrival of the plague the people’s lives and the towns are changed foreverWorld Without End takes you on a journey through the fourteenth century but not via a history lesson but in the important and complex lives of some ordinary townspeople of varying classes their loves and losses their hopes and dreams their despair and suffering It’s a moving and some might say depressing book but as I mentioned the fourteenth century was a tumultuous time to say the least But when you get to the last page you’ll wish it had never happened you’ll wish for story for characters you’ll wish to remember this incredible story for a long timeFOOTNOTE Just as World Without End has 1024 pages conveniently and maybe with a little effort on my part these review has 1024 words For book reviews and author interviews go to BookBanter

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Osperity and famine plague and war One boy will travel the world but come home in the end; the other will be a powerful corrupt nobleman One girl will defy the might of the medieval church; the other will pursue an impossible love And always they will live under the long shadow of the unexplained killing they witnessed on that fateful childhood day Ken Follett'. “Whether I’ve been good or bad I don’t think God will be fooled by a last minute change of heart” ‘’World Without End’’ is the second installment in Follett’s Kingsbridge series and what a world it isSet during one of the most turbulent times in European History amidst the beginning of the Hundred Years’ War and the nightmare of the Black Death that swept over the continent causing the deaths of an unthinkable percentage of the population it is one example of why Historical Fiction is the Genre of the Genres when done right And who can write better than Ken Follett who owns the crown in this fieldIn my opinion what differentiates his writing is the focus he places on the characters He doesn’t perform a History lecture but builds his protagonists around the depicted era with compassion respect and immense skill His descriptive passages and the way he composes the dialogues throughout the novel should be the example for any writer who’d like to make a foray to the tormented Historical Fiction genre So ‘’World Without End’’ is no exception to the rule He paints with words and even the readers who have little knowledge of the era and the events that shaped it will find themselves captivated and immediately drawn to the action However in my humble opinion there is a difference that places it in a significant distance behind ‘’The Pillars of The Earth’’ and this is the characters Hence the 4 starsThe main couple Caris and Merthin are nowhere near Aliena and Jack Especially Caris seems like an average copy of Aliena and her character failed to attract my sympathy Same thing happened with Merthin and don’t even get me started on Gwenda Ralph and Godwyn The way I saw it they came across like badly drawn versions of ‘’The Pillars of the Earth’’ protagonists and they were the only reason that prevented me from fully enjoying the novel Caris is not Aliena Merthin is not Jack Thomas in not Philip Godwyn is not Waleran Ralph is not William no matter how much they ''tried'' to be The only characters that attracted my attention were Mattie Wise and Mother Cecilia The book was made into a TV series in 2012 but was nowhere near as successful as ‘’The Pillars of the Earth’’ Tom Weston Jones portrayed Merthin and Charlotte Riley portrayed Caris I’ve seen a number of their roles and they both seem to have the same expression in every role they’ve played Namely the ‘’I only have one expression with my googly eyes because I can’t act for the life of me’’ style and they managed to make the tormented lovers even boring than their novel counterparts so kudos to themI think‘’A Column of Fire’’ the third novel in the Kingsbridge series has been sitting uietly in its place in my TBR fortress since October waiting for its turn It’ll have to wait until Easter but I am sure that it won’t disappoint meMy reviews can also be found on

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World Without EndThe bestselling seuel to Pillars of the Earth On the day after Halloween in the year 1327 four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge They are a thief a bully a boy genius and a girl who wants to be a doctor In the forest they see two men killed As adults their lives will be braided together by ambition love greed and revenge They will see pr. This companion novel to Follett's 1989 classic The Pillars of the Earth is set in the same community 200 years later I'd been excited about it ever since I heard it was coming out this fall Maybe too excited because it just didn't live up to my expectationsThe first half of the book seemed a sort of ho hum retread of Pillars In place of Jack Builder we have his look alike great great great many times over grandson Merthin Instead of Aliena we get Caris who I wanted to slap several times during the course of the story Instead of Big Villain William we get Ralph Merthin's knightly but less than chivalrous brother And a bridge building project stands in for the cathedral construction of the first book As if anything could The only character I found remotely original was the first one we meet in the book a little girl reduced to pickpocketing by her starving parents who grows up to be hopelessly in love with a handsome honest young farmerI missed Prior Philip from the original book who was a character who at least had some integrity and depth to him All the clergy in World Without End seemed to be corrupt including the ones we're supposed to likeSomething big happens about halfway through to change the book's course and it doesn't get resolved as uickly as I thought it would but the big payoff from the opening scene never materializes That's IT I wanted to say when I read the explanation of what happenedThere are some good scenes showing how war and pestilence affect ordinary folk but the heroes in this book talk and think too much like people from the 21st Century to make the setting really believable If you loved Pillars you might as well try this one but it's not any great shakes