Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Three Cheers for Ken Follett!

Okay, after the negative tone of yesterday's posting, some of ye socks asked what book I would actually recommend for holiday reading.

I am pleased to respond: World Without End, the recently-published sequel to Ken Follet's awesome The Pillars of the Earth.

This book is also set in the fictional medieval English village of Kingsbridge, with characters who are descended from those in TPOTE. For you genealogy addicts in the dryer, I have compiled a genogram that might help sort out the principal characters in both books:


If you don't have GenoPro installed on your computer, you will have to download it from http://www.genopro.com/ to make any sense of the file.

The sequel begins with four youngsters who witness a double murder in the woods beyond Kingsbridge. Caris is the daughter of the town's alderman and leading wool merchant. Gwenda is a peasant whose father brought her to town to pick pockets. And, brothers Merthin and Ralph are the sons of one of her targets.

Almost a thousand pages follow this incident, detailing the four main characters interwoven lives. I won't spoil the fun by revealing all the twists and turns their paths take. Suffice it to say, you will not be disappointed if like me you are susceptible to well-composed tales of love (won, lost, unrequited, and otherwise), violence, intrigue, plague, and human spirit.

And, no you can't "borrow" my copy, Philemon.

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