The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett
I have two excuses for June’s tally being on the low side. The first is that my brother’s wedding was on June 20th and I was the best man. The second is that The Pillars Of The Earth was 1000 pages.
This weighty tome is an addictingly straightforward read. You know the girl and the guy will get together. You know the cathedral will be built. You know someone will die. You know there will be a happy ending. But you’re supposed to know because the pleasure comes in experiencing the journey, not the destination. And there’s no literary second level to miss out on. On top of that it is virtually bubbling over with details of life in the Middle Ages.
Books like this make reading pure fun.
This book tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known … of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect – a man divided in his soul … of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame … and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.