The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

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The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

The Evening and the Morning: The Prequel to The Pillars of the Earth, A Kingsbridge Novel

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A grounded narrative that slowly develops is accentuated with fundamentally ideal characters, all of whim have a richness that is essential to understanding the larger issues discussed.

It has that pastoral, everyday life feel that I came to love so much in The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. When Aldred sees the lazy priests at Dreng’s Ferry, he is chagrined and determines to rectify the situation. As in 'Pillars' and 'World', I read feeling assured that the virtuous and the wicked would both receive their due recompense in the end, but nonetheless tugged along by the need to follow the stream of injustices and triumphs. Follett captivates as he reshapes the narrative throughout, spinning three stories and trying to bring them together under one proverbial roof. The human characters in this series are rarely dynamic; for the most part, they’re either all good or all bad, with little complexity.However, some of the local clergy have other ideas and try to destroy Aldred’s ideas and the monastery he hopes to build. Kirkus Reviews described this book as long and predictable, but acknowledged, "Follett is a powerful storyteller who will hold [the reader's] attention anyway. I read this book on my Kindle and found it an easier read than his other novels in the series, I think this is because I could control the font size and brightness of the screen, and the Kindle is so much easier to carry about than then the actual book. Much of the plot revolves around the personal lives of the main players – their loves, losses, dreams, scandals, betrayals, marriage and children. Aldred provides the steadfast character of the Church, a bulwark against corruption both in the Church and in the political life of the community at large.

After Wynstan escapes punishment, Aldred is sent away from Shiring to run the minster at Dreng's Ferry. The characters and their stories are compelling, and the lens of history fascinating, so the book easily stands on its own. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins. I received a copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Wigelm: The younger brother of Wynstan and half-brother of Wilwulf, a coarse but accomplished warrior.This time we are looking at the Prequel to his Kingsbridge Cathedral Series, and while it ends about 125 years before Pillars of the Earth begins, he tells a story of how Kingsbridge developed.

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