Mirek Zapletal Zapletal itibaren Atnur, Karnataka, Hindistan
I'm torn. On the one hand, the plot of this behemoth was engaging enough to propel me through forty hours of reading in five days. On the other, there are things about Follett's writing that I find very off-putting, like his propensity for needless, extended recapping, and his sometimes poorly-managed character development. I could never decide if I really bought into the trajectories of some of the characters' lives, and I found myself so sick of some of them that it was a relief when they died and passed the narrative torch on to someone else. The "villains" of the novel did get under my skin (seriously, these guys are infuriating), but when they're punished I can't but feel like it's such a foregone outcome that I almost don't care - I don't know how to feel real catharsis over a thing I've been expecting for nine hundred pages. And the crux of the novel, the "hope and change" of it, I don't know. I don't buy it, because I'm living in this book's future and religions are still corrupt, governments are still corrupt, and our homes don't fall down in windstorms but I certainly don't believe in the power of faith and god to overcome evil, so I could never fully engage in those elements of the story. But you know, in this respect maybe I'm just not Follett's audience. TL;DR: I don't regret reading The Pillars of the Earth, but I also don't expect I'll read the sequel any time soon.