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World Without End by Ken Follet


Title: World Without End

Author: Ken Follet

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Pan Macmillan, 1237p

Whenever I see some manmade object, I use to wonder how it would have been thought of first and how would have been the world before that was made. I am always interested to know about these facts. When I read Pillars of the Earth, I was pleasantly surprised that Ken Follet also thought along the same way and tried to answer some through this book. Here in World Without End, the sequel, he had given more detailed account of medieval life.

While the POTE revolved the lives of people in the background of building a great cathedral, World without end follows the life of four kids who happened to be on the fateful day when they met a knight who held a secret that would embarrass the king if it was out.

The book was a triumph in portraying the medieval life in the most interesting way. I hesitated to take up this book for reading mainly because of its size. This book – of more than 1200 pages – always made me wonder whether I would be able to read it completely.  But once I started, there is no looking back. The story was gripping throughout the book despite lacking the central theme.

Ken Follet’s narrative was so simple with the intention of never making the reader feel bored. Story was so interesting that sometimes even when I am not reading book the mind was revolving around the things happened in the book rather than real life.

During the episodes of the plague, I was a bit depressed that I couldn’t get out of that feeling. I know it sound foolish but what to do :). And during those times when I was reading these chapters, I use to wonder how the world is going on smoothly when such a pandemic disease swept the world, for a fraction of a second.  Such was the hold of Ken Follet’s narration in the book on the readers.

Where in Pillars of the earth, most of the things are revolved around the thought process of new technologies in constructions, in this book it was about almost all the things in the regular life. He tried to explain about the emergence of new way of dyeing, medical treatments, knitting clothes and lot more.

I was appalled by the blind beliefs of medievalist on God, Priests and other old practices. I liked this book more because the protagonists in this book are rationalists compared to the God-fearing ones of the Pillars of the earth. Also, I was surprised to see Ken Follett written in detail about the havoc created by English soldiers in France during the war. The parts that explained the war wretched places was very much detailed and definitely he succeeded in making me realizing the effects of war.

My Rating for this wonderful historical fiction ★★★★☆