So I just finished the book (World Without End
) a few minutes ago. It's been difficult to read this consistently because of my schedule, but alas, I'm done. Great read and definitely up to the size, scope, scale and power of The Pillars of the Earth
. This was an interesting read for me, because typically, even with Pillars
to some degree, it's easy for me to read through a novel without any emotional involvement.
With this second book, however, I followed it normally through the first few hundred pages and then...
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...I won't say anything more in specific terms, but that I really loved this book. There were a lot of great events and characters. It felt cleaner and had better pacing than Pillars
, plus the story was far more cohesive. Events at the start of the novel impact the very end, and although this happened in Pillars
, in the predecessor, were segments which seemed forced and disparate - although apparently essential (Beckett, for example).
A few repetitious terms, phrases and concepts (How many rooks are their on Shiring's front gate and why must we know about them ever damn time, Ken?) -and- some of the history, payoff, as well as the slow-paced discussion of customs/practices of those times were not perfectly executed. To be frank, some were just a tad bit boring, but not nearly at the same level as Pillars
. Ken has honed his craft well. The story was a massive, sprawling and powerful epic, but at the end, I felt like everything wrapped up incredibly well. The last section of the book was the best, something that also couldn't be said about Pillars
in my opinion.
After taking this novel on, I'm going to break from reading and work on a script I've been thumbing in my mind. Anyone who wants to know what a good, talented and experienced writer sounds like, these two masterpieces are where they should start.