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World Without End

World Without End

(Book #2 in the Kingsbridge series)

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Book Overview: World Without End

World Without End is its equally irresistible sequel--set two hundred years after The Pillars of the Earth and three hundred years after the Kingsbridge prequel, The Evening and the Morning.

In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England centered on the building of a cathedral and many of the hundreds of lives it affected.

#1 New York Times Bestseller

World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building the exquisite Gothic cathedral that was at the heart of The Pillars of the Earth. The cathedral and the priory are again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge, but this sequel stands on its own. This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroads of new ideas--about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. In a world where proponents of the old ways fiercely battle those with progressive minds, the intrigue and tension quickly reach a boiling point against the devastating backdrop of the greatest natural disaster ever to strike the human race--the Black Death.

Three years in the writing and nearly eighteen years since its predecessor, World Without End is a "well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages" ( The Washington Post) that once again shows that Ken Follett is a masterful author writing at the top of his craft.

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ISBN-1397804512249969780525950073
ISBN-10045122499X0525950079
PublisherPenguin BooksViking
Publication Date2008-10-072007-10-09
EditionFirst EditionIllustrated
Languageenen
Pages10141024
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs

"[A] well-researched, beautifully detailed portrait of the late Middle Ages . . . Follett's no-frills prose does its job, getting smoothly through more than a thousand pages of outlaws, war, death, sex, and politics to end with an edifice that is as well constructed and solid as Merthin's bridge." --The Washington Post

"Follett tells a story that runs the gamut of life in the Middle Ages, and he does so in such a way that we are not only captivated but also educated. What else could you ask for?" --The Denver Post

"So if historical fiction is your meat, here's a rare treat. A feast of conflicts and struggles among religious authority, royal governance, the powerful unions (or guilds) of the day, and the peasantry . . . With World Without End, Follett proves his Pillars may be a rarity, but it wasn't a fluke." --New York Post

"A work that stands as something of a triumph of industry and professionalism." --The Guardian (UK)

"The four well-drawn central characters will captivate readers as they prove to be heroic, depraved, resourceful, or mean. Fans of Follett's previous medieval epic will be well rewarded." --The Union (CA)

"Populated with an immense cast of truly remarkable characters . . . this is not a book to be devoured in one sitting, tempting though that might be, but one to savor for its drama, depth, and richness." --Library Journal

"Readers will be captivated." --Publishers Weekly

Ken Follett, a renowned British author, is celebrated for his enthralling historical novels and thriller books which have earned him global recognition and commercial success over the course of his four-decade career. Born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, Follett’s interest in literature was stimulated at an early age, leading him to study philosophy at University College London. After completing his degree, he delved into journalism before plunging himself into the world of publishing, where he found his true calling. Follett sprang to prominence with the publication of his extraordinary novel, 'The Eye of the Needle', in 1978, which catapulted him into the bestseller list and won him the prestigious Edgar Award. His other notable works include the 'Kingsbridge Series' and the 'Century Trilogy', with each book masterfully interweaving history and fiction in a compelling narrative. Ken's literary prowess and ability to deeply engage his readers have seen his books translated into more than 30 languages and sold over 160 million copies worldwide. Despite his illustrious career, Follett has remained modest and genuinely passionate about writing. His dedication to his craft is evident in his richly detailed narratives that transport readers back in time, providing a window into different historical epochs. His legacy in literature continues to inspire future generations of authors, with his work bridging both the commercial and literary world, cementing his status as one of the most respected contemporary authors of our time.

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