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Finished reading Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth. Best known for spy action-adventure thrillers, apparently (according to Mr. Follett's forward) many people discouraged him from writing outside his successful genre. However, he persevered and completed something he believes is his best work.

It certainly tests the adage that one should write about what one knows. Mr. Follett, a self-proclaimed Non-religious fellow, became quite intrigued by medieval cathedral architecture as a younger man. This bit of a hobby features as a central plot point in Pillars, with a good deal of the story revolving around the construction (re-construction actually) of a cathedral during the reign of King Stephen. More correctly, perhaps, during the Civil War between Stephen and Maud.

Is it the best piece of writing he's ever done? I'm afraid I can't answer that question, at least not yet. I can't pull out of recollection anything I've read that he's written. I do read spy action-adventure mystery thrillers, but not frequently. It is a well-written tale, which I enjoyed and recommend.

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tx_cronopio
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
I loved that book. Then I went looking for other things he had written and boy, was I disappointed!
madshutterbug
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
I think I need to look over his titles, at least, to see if I've read anything else. If not... it's a debate. That's all.
ichthyus
Dec. 2nd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Try A Place called Freedom - I liked it even better than Pillars of the Earth
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madshutterbug
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
sizztheseed
Nov. 26th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Someone just asked about that book. Mind if I send them your rec?
madshutterbug
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Feel free. Glad to help.
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