Discuss The Pillars of the Earth

I'm somewhere in the middle of Ken Follett's_The Pillars of the Earth_ right now. It's been downloaded onto my Kindle for quite a while but the size has always put me off, but I decided to make a start on it whilst on holiday this week. It's somewhat of a potboiler, with predictable plot turns and simplistic prose - but it's also an absolute page turner, and I am thoroughly hooked on Follett's characters and storytelling. Truly a transporting read, so far anyway.

For those who have read the book, how faithful is the series/is it worth watching? My local library has a copy which I intend to check out once I have finished this rather epic read.

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I did not read the book but saw the miniseries back when it aired on 'Starz'. At the time I gave it a 6/10. I don't remember why I gave it such a low rating at the time. But it had a pretty good cast. I should get it from the library & give it a rewatch.

Here is an article on Wiki about the differences between the book & the miniseries.


There was also a sequel called World Without End:


Thanks for the reply and the links! I was aware that the novel had two sequels (each set a couple of centuries after its predecessor) but not that one of them had also been filmed. I shall check out both series after I have read the novels - which is going to take me some time, these things are doorstops!


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