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World Without End

A book by Ken Follett

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  • Dec 17, 2007
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Historical purists will not be pleased. Neither will readers who make their selections based on the length of a book, or people who object to a little sex in their reading (World is hardly pornography), or religious fundamentalists.
But those who enjoy ripping epic adventures, historical settings, compelling characters, and plot twist after twist, should have a fine time in World Without End. Yes, it mimics its predecessor, but that is precisely what I, for one, was hoping for. Jumping back into Jack the Builder's city after 200 years was a joy. Few writers on the scene today are capable of creating such appealing protagonists and such hateful villains. Few are capable of filling 1000 pages with heartfelt conflict, human mistakes and foibles, or gut-wrenching turns of event. Follett can do all of this, and has proved it again in World.
The treatment of the bubonic plague in World is worthy of comment.
Rather than focus upon the horrific physical element, Follett has chosen to represent the vast psychological, financial, and societal consequences of this most devastating of diseases: the breakdown of mores, conventions, and behavior, the inability to produce enough food, the utter uselessness of mere wealth, the failure of the religious establishment to meet the needs of its flock. It is difficult today to imagine that time, and the narrative here helps.
Circumstances change, but human nature doesn't. Here's hoping Mr Follett has another Kingsbridge novel in him, set perhaps during the religious and political upheaval the characterized the Tudor era.

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review by . January 01, 2010
"World Without End" continues the story of Kingsbridge, a medieval town noted for the awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral designed and built some 200 hundred years earlier in the 12th century by Jack Builder.       Gwenda, a female medieval version of the Artful Dodger, is one of five starving children in a very poor family. Despite the horrific punishment that sees the hands chopped off a convicted thief, she's being raised by her father to be a cut-purse and a pickpocket. …
review by . January 03, 2009
World Without End Ken Follett   In this follow up to The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett picks up the story line exactly where he left us years ago. World Without End  is truly a masterpiece, with rich characters, scenery, smells and sights of the Middle Ages without ever leaving your own home. This epic novel covers years in the live of many characters examing the interlacing of relationships between a village and its people, leaders, rebels, outlaws, priests and nuns. Powerful entities …
review by . March 29, 2009
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    When four children meet in the forest to practice shooting the arrows made by one of them, Merthin, none can imagine the way their lives will intersect over the years. After a solemn promise to a wounded knight, Merthin honors the confidence and remains forever enamored of Caris, who encounters many obstacles in determining her future, many the result of her inordinate intelligence in a world that gives short shrift to women; Ralph fulfills his destiny as a man of action …
review by . January 09, 2009
The story is great. Yes, some may call it a bit obvious at times, or even predictable, but I found it to be a great story for a long daily commute.    Plenty has been written about the story itself, so I'll mention the things I found important with the audio CDs.    One of the things I have come to love about certain mastering processes with these audio books is when they let you know the disc is over. And not only that, tell you which disc to put in next. …
review by . October 09, 2007
I am a big fan of Ken Follett, and admire that he moves in a seemingly effortless manner between genres. However, his best work is found in the "great historical novel", and he has delivered handsomely with this latest effort.    This is being touted as a sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth" which is true enough, but it is also a little misleading, as it is set 200 years after the tales told in that magnificent novel, and as such can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. …
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  • Topped the Belgian best-seller list (November 2008)
  • #1 on The Sunday Times paperback best-seller list (19 October 2008)
  • Topped the French best-seller list within a week of publication (October 2008)
  • #1 on The New York Times best-seller list (28 October)
  • #1 on The Globe and Mail bestseller list (26 October)
  • #1 on the Booksellers New Zealand best-seller list (26 October)
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  • #1 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list (22 October)
  • #1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list (13 October)
  • #1 on the Sony e-book best-seller list in the USA (13 October)
  • #3 on The Sunday Times best-seller list (28 October)
  • #2 in Spain (English edition, 17 October)
  • #3 in Germany (English edition, 17 October)
  • Topped the Italian best-seller list within a week of publication (October)
    • Toppedfdsf the Belgian best-sellist (November 2008)
    • #1 on The Sunday Times paperback best-seller list (19 October 2008)
    • Topped the French best-seller list within a week of publication (October 2008)
    • #1 on The New York Times best-seller list (28 October)
    • #1 on The Globe and Mail bestseller list (26 October)
    • #1 on the Booksellers New Zealand best-seller list (26 October)
    • #1 on the Entertainment Weekly best-seller list (26 October)
    • #1 on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list (22 ...
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ISBN-10: 0525950079
ISBN-13: 978-0525950073
Author: Ken Follett
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)
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