cover image The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett. Signet, $7.99 (983pp) ISBN 978-0-451-16689-0

Set in 12th-century England, the narrative concerns the building of a cathedral in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. The ambitions of three men merge, conflict and collide through 40 years of social and political upheaval as internal church politics affect the progress of the cathedral and the fortunes of the protagonists. ``Follett has written a novel that entertains, instructs and satisfies on a grand scale,'' judged PW. (Aug.)