World Without End is fascinating

When I first read The Pillars of the Earth 15 years ago, I absolutely fell in love with it. I would have never imagined that the building of a cathedral in 12th century England could be fascinating, but the rich cast of characters totally enthralled me.

World Without End is a sequel of sorts: it takes place in the same setting of Kingsbridge two centuries later. The story is a bit predictable and the characters unidimensional – I often felt I was observing a nature vs nurture story with nature winning every time – but perhaps the original suffered from the same flaws and I did not notice them as I was much younger. Regardless it made for great storytelling!

Once again, I cared about the becoming of those characters and enjoyed their journey through life.

You can buy World Without End at:

If you have not read it, read The Pillars of the Earth (which just made Oprah’s Book Club):


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  • I got The Pillars of the Earth as an audio book and enjoyed it, too. It was in German and with different speakers and background music. 7 exciting CDs. Never thought that an audio book can fascinate me that much.

    I think I have to get World Without End, too. The Customer Reviews sounds great.