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Do I Want To Read…? A Ken Follett Special

Ok two posts in a day when I am on a mini break is a bit nuts but this is because I have an urgent book related question for you in a mini special ‘Do I Want To Read?’ So I am sat at home with a free day and a dilemma. I am having a lazy day of catch up on demand TV and I am in two minds about watching an adaptation of a book which I have never thought that I might want to read… until now. The adaptation in question, and there for the book is ‘The Pillars of The Earth’ by Ken Follett.

There is one main reason that I want to watch it and that is because it has one of my all time favourite actresses, oh sorry actors Sarah Parish in it, who I adore in every single thing that she adores (Hearts & Bones, Cutting It, Mistresses, I could go on and on) who is looking particularly menacing and fabulous in the promo shoots that I have seen…

I missed it over the weekend here in the UK (ahs it been on in America already?) and so thought ‘ooh, I will settle down and watch this double bill opening show’ but then I thought ‘ooh, maybe I should read the book first’. So I went off and had a look on the internet to find out more about it, before seeing if the library might have it, and discovered its 1100 pages long!!!! Now I actually fancy a book that I can get myself completely lost in (I haven’t discovered a comfy read I mentioned earlier yet) but I am a little pensive and the blurb makes me want to read it and not read it all at once…

“The Pillars of the Earth” 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. A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, this is Ken Follett’s historical masterpiece.”  

The reviews of the book seemed mixed and so I thought that I would throw it over to you as you guys are great with recommendations and may know if this is my cup of tea or not. So is it worth me trying to get it from the library (hopefully they don’t have the awful new TV cover, I don’t like them)? Will I get completely lost in it? Is it better I just stick to the TV series for an escape and not worry about the book, or should I try the TV show and see if that leads me to wanting to read the whole thing? Let me know I’m off to catch up with some other telly treats in the mean time.

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