Most readers have already heard of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth thus it will come as no surprise to them that I have chosen this as one of my favourite, possibly even my favourite read of all time.
This then is for those readers out there who haven’t yet come across this brilliant work.
A colleague of mine summed this novel up nicely when he stated something to the tune of “When we have a bad day, our phone breaks or we lose our keys. In Pillars when they have a bad day their wife is raped and they will likely have to raise the bastard born from it.”
Yet somehow throughout some pretty dark and damning moments in The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett weaves hope in the face of certain defeat through his inspiring characters and their endurance and faith.
Before this book I read exclusively fantasy. Ken Follett wrote so well that I not only welcomed more historical fiction and general fiction but actually read his entire body of work. This book is a rare gem that everyone should read at least once.