In , Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England that centered on the building . World Without End book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. World Without End takes place in the same town of Kingsbridge. and World Without End now continues with Ken Follett's magnificent, Ken's new book, A Column of Fire, is a historical novel about spies and.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Hindi|
|ePub File Size:||15.42 MB|
|PDF File Size:||8.36 MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Regsitration Required]|
WorldWithoutEnd World Without End Pillars of the Earth Book II Ken Follett file:/// C|/Dokumente%20und%20Einstellungen. 1 New York Times Bestseller In , Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century. Read "World Without End" by Ken Follett available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. #1 New York Times Bestseller In
Much of the novel is set in Kingsbridge, but part of the action takes place in Seville, Spain. So I could not write another book about them. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Lists with This Book. For instance, here is a typical bit of dialogue: If a woman had an idea or if she was moderately successful, it was a logical assumption that she must be a witch.
Now World Without End takes readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women and children of the city once again grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change. Reviews 0 Specifications Please sign in to review this product.
Copy From Text:. Other books by Ken Follett.
Edge of Eternity: Dutton Adult, September List Price: Paper Money Ken Follett. Le Livre de Poche, January Our price: Un mundo sin fin Ken Follett. Vintage, December El invierno del mundo Ken Follett.
Vintage, November Recently Viewed Products. Ken Follett. On Wings of Eagles. The Key to Rebecca. 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.
This time the men and women of an extraordinary cast of characters find themselves at a crossroad of new ideas— about medicine, commerce, architecture, and justice. Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves.
This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per purchase. View our Ken Follett feature page. More than million copies of the 30 books he has written have been sold in over 80 countries and in 33 languages. What else could you ask for? A feast of conflicts and struggles among religious authority, royal governance, the powerful unions or guilds of the day, and the peasantry.
You took a risk to write The Pillars of the Earth. Were you confident it would work both critically and commercially or were you surprised when it became such a success after it was published in ?
I felt I had written a very commercial novel with a heavyweight theme, and I was hoping for a big reaction from critics and the public. The reviews were mixed and the public response was, at first, muted. The book sold about the same number of copies in the United States as my previous book, and frankly I was disappointed. But over time it became clear that Pillars was a phenomenally popular backlist title, selling at double the rate of my others. So I was surprised twice.
It was never my ambition to become famous for a novel about a church. Did you know as you were completing Pillars that there would be a sequel? Pillars was the first book that truly exhausted my imagination. When it was done, I felt as if I had run a marathon. I certainly had no thought of a sequel—in fact, if you had told me then that I would one day have to do it all over again I think I might have thrown myself off London Bridge.
Now that you have finished World Without End , do you still feel that way? I was worried, because so many sequels fall below the standard of the original and seem exploitative. Why did you wait so long to write World Without End?
Was it concern about measuring up to Pillars or did you simply need that time to gear yourself up for another major historical novel? I certainly was concerned to write a novel that would not disappoint the legions of fans of Pillars, but there were other reasons for the delay. At the end of Pillars , all the major characters are either very old or dead.
So I could not write another book about them. Eventually, I decided to write another story set in the same town two hundred years later. Also, I spent a long time searching for a theme as grand and as engaging as the building of a cathedral. When finally I thought of a story based around the Black Death and the birth of modern medicine, I felt I had at last come up with a big enough theme.
Why did you set World Without End in the fourteenth century, some two hundred years after Pillars? In what sense was that a time of new ideas, ferment, and change?
Until the Black Death, everyone believed that the best way to recover from illness was to pray. It destroyed their faith in the old methods. And, in medicine, the emphasis was on observation and record keeping, which gave physicians practical knowledge about what treatments actually worked. Of course, these changes were fiercely resisted by traditionalists, and this is the background to some of the dramatic conflicts in World Without End.
Some of the characters in World Without End are descendants of characters from Pillars. Can you name a few? Caris and all her family have brown eyes flecked with gold, as Tom did.
What are the main strands of the story in World Without End? At the beginning of the book, the main characters are all children, but each of them has an aim in life, although they may understand it only vaguely.
Caris wants to be a physician, Ralph wants to be a baron, Gwenda longs to be free, Godwyn aims to be Prior of Kingsbridge. The story shows how they struggle to achieve their ambitions—and how their individual destinies are violently disrupted by the plague.
What do you hope readers take away from this novel? I wanted to write a book that would stay with readers for the rest of their lives. Do you see a third book in this series? Your work is clearly inspired by the architecture of historical buildings—do you envision that any modern architecture will lead you to create a novel I have toyed with the idea of a novel about the building of the first skyscraper.
Are there other interests, hobbies, intellectual pursuits of yours that might one day find themselves the subject of one of your books?
Is that still true? Who are you reading now? Is it harder now, in the age of television and Internet distractions, to find new authors? I still read a lot all the time, some history and biography but mostly fiction. I just finished a wonderful novel called The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.