Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*Joood's Reviews* World Without End by Ken Follett

You may or may not know this already, but Joood - Hooligan of Platypire Reviews is notoriously bad at writing reviews after she finishes reading books. I'm serious, her to be reviewed list is almost as long as my Platypire Read-A-Thon list, and that thing is monstrous. So after much cajoling on Joood's part, I have decided to help her out and once a week I'm going to write one of her reviews for her because I'm a good friend like that, and there is no way this could possibly go wrong. I will be writing the reviews as if I actually am Joood.

This week I will be reviewing World Without End by Ken Follett. 

Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: October 9, 2007
Pages: 1014


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 among an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad 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.

Because I'm not a quitter and Matt Schiariti made me read The Pillars of the Earth, I felt it was important to also read World Without End. However, since The Pillars of the Earth was so darn wordy, I decided to listen to the audiobook of World Without End. That was a big mistake, huge! The audiobook is like 45 hours long. I could have read the book myself faster. 

I felt like I related to this book a little bit more than TPotE, because I see some parallels to modern day America. Like I feel like we are currently at a crossroads of new ideas about medicine (health care), commerce, and justice. And being a more liberal minded person living in Texas, I feel like progress is a constant struggle, so I totally related to that in the book. And I'm pretty sure I had the Black Death a couple weeks ago, although it may have just been some allergies.

2.1 Platypires because Ken Follett's publisher clearly needs to update his bio on Amazon. - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Author

Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, will be published in Autumn 2007. He has since written several equally successful novels including, most recently, WHITEOUT. He is also the author of non-fiction bestseller ON WINGS OF EAGLES. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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