My Thoughts on “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follet
My wife read this book about fifteen years ago, and recommended it to me back then. And I put it on my To Be Read list, and moved on.
Well, it finally reached the top of my list, and I am glad it did. As those of you familiar with the book already know, it is not the normal Ken Follet thriller. Which is a good thing, I am not usually a fan of thrillers. This was a well researched historical fiction about building a cathedral in Medieval times.
Follet’s ability to craft this story, to engage my interest from start to finish, is nothing short of masterful. I loved every minute of it. And I grew to have a deep respect for Prior Philip, who never gave up, who always kept his faith in God, and who showed a true love for his fellowman despite his trials, many of which were forced upon by his enemies.
Okay, so I do admit that near the end of the book there I was getting a little sick of the Brother Philip finds a solution to building this cathedral, Bishop Waleran and/or the Hamleigh family prevent him from continuing work, Philip relies on God and finds a solution, his enemies stop his progress, etc. But throughout his trials, Prior Philip does give me an example of what faithful men can do if they are not discouraged and put their faith in God.