That’s right. The only time in MY LIFE I was asking for more copy was when I read The Pillars of the Earth.
What made this minimalist read a 1,000 page novel about cathedral architecture in medieval England and end up begging for more?
I never would have picked this book up on my own. Nothing about it’s title, description, genre, size — anything — appealed to my typical interest. But, I was badgered by my daughter. She wouldn’t let it go. I finally picked it up to make her happy, convinced she didn’t know what was good for me.
Boy, was I wrong.
Only a few pages in, and I could NOT put this book down. The whole thing took me by surprise. What made it such a GREAT STORY?
- It brilliantly revealed the surprising value of history and tradition in today’s world
- It exposed the human heart, story and sacrifice behind the bricks and construction
- It wove realistic imagery to narrate the tension of complex relationships and competing values in private and public sectors
- It connected the psychology of every human emotion, motive and action with gripping characters and overlapping storylines