World Without End

A Novel

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Publisher Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected.

World Without End is its equally irresistible sequel—set two hundred years after The Pillars of the Earth and three hundred years after the Kingsbridge prequel, The Evening and the Morning.

World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroads of new ideas—about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race—the Black Death. 

Three years in the writing and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End is a "well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages" (The Washington Post) that once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

Fiction & Literature
October 9
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

krbf11 ,


It seemed loosely based on the storyline of his first book, and there were lots of character storylines to follow.

Regardless, it was incredibly detailed and in depth, and a captivating story at every turn!

Menotsue ,

Ken Follett Books

My hardback library contains books that cost upwards from $17, but these are a solid commodity that has value beyond some of today's "Throw away" standards. The cost of books that I plan to download into this contemporary, and so convenient medium, need to max out at $12 -$13. The majority will run in the $4 - $8 range.

Ken Follett's writing deserves a permanent place in any library. The wonder of the iPad is that I can now carry an exceptional library with me everywhere I go, and feel that the price is not too high. So maybe I wait for the introductory price to be reduced - I already have a couple of inexpensive 900 page Ken Follett books to enjoy first.

Brockden ,

Disappointing read

I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I spent much of my time thinking: really Ken? Really?

The author's writing style is repetitive and dry. His characters are one dimensional and speak and think in one voice. The plotline is predictable and lumbering.

I was annoyed by the frequent, hackneyed use of the same sexual encounters. Couple kiss, boy grabs breast immediately, repeat. It was hard for me to believe I wasn't ready a story penned by an adolescent boy.

The dialog was horrid throughout the book. Again, the common voice for all characters was confounding and I often has to turn back a page to figure out who was talking since almost any character in a scene could have voiced a particular bit of dialog.

I had a very difficult time keeping this story in 14th century England. Besides the occasional anachronism, the thing that seemed to break my suspension of disbelief was the very "modernized" language. I realize he is trying to give this a natural feel (maybe?), but it was just a bit over the top. I would not have been surprised to see "Merthin, dude, what a wicked cool" (insert fabulous technological advancement here). The words were accompanied by modern medical concepts and practices.

I won't spoil the central "when Harry met Sally" storyline. But it was just that, taken to a level of absurdity.

Not much here to cheer about. I have this nagging feeling the author wanted to take advantage of the 20th anniversary of POTE and the recent mini series and threw this together. I dis not feel like he cared for the subject matter of his characters.

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