The Evening and the Morning

The Evening and the Morning

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"It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined: A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land. But the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power. Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2020]
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780525954989
Branch Call Number: FIC FOLLETT, K.
Characteristics: 913 pages : illustration ; 25 cm.


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Nov 21, 2020

Ken Follett has lost his mojo! This book is way too long and boring as all get out.
It must be his past success combined with his ego to made him believe he could push a 900+ page novel on the public this boring.

Nov 11, 2020

An easy although very long read but I didn't feel it comes to the level of his earlier works. Eye of the Needle and Pillars of the Earth for example are great books. I had a similar disappointment in the books in the Kingsbridge series that followed Pillars of the the Earth-one I didn't even bother to finish.

Nov 10, 2020

First, a note to e-readers... On my small iphone I found the map picture unreadable. And the narrative was useless for creating a mental map of the travel paths of the characters. Eventually I pulled up the paper-book page on amazon, and used look-inside to see that page in a readable form.
To all... This is a very long book, and became totally predictable. The central evil-character is so one-dimensionally evil that he just became boring. The good-guys bounced back and forth between tragedy and hope. I skimmed the last third without missing anything. That said, it was interesting to see the origin tale for the central city in the earlier series. And it was worth some reminder of the messy origins of human socio-political constructs.

Nov 08, 2020

Pillars of the Earth is one of my favourite books so I was so excited to see that Ken Follett had written a prequel to it. I haven't read Pillars for a while but I have to say this this one seemed very similar to what I remember of it: church/monastery building, bad rich guys trying to stop it, good poor guys just wanting to be left alone to do their thing. So, as much as I liked this book, when I finished I felt like I had read it before. I have to say it also had a lot more graphic sexual and violent scenes than I remember Pillars having so if these things are triggers for you, consider yourself warned. Still gave it 4/5 because it was an entertaining read that I found difficult to put down.

Nov 02, 2020

This prequel to Follett's Kingsbridge series is not for the faint at heart. It's a tome at over 900 pages and vividly illustrates that the Dark Ages were dark on many levels. Covering the years 997 to 1007, the novel focuses on three main characters -- Edgar the builder, Ragna the ealdorman's wife, and Aldred the monk who dreams of a great monastery focused on learning. Caught between the Welsh and the Vikings, West England is trapped in a vicious cycle of pillage, plunder, and always starting over. Follett's ability to draw memorable characters with a few words and a plot that keeps moving creates a vivid picture of English country life in the 11th century. This novel dispels the notion that the Dark Ages were a sleepy time where nothing ever happened. The pursuit of power and money has been around since the dawn of mankind.

Oct 18, 2020

Ken Follet's THE EVENING AND THE MORNING is another superb edition to his writing. The is a prequel to the outstanding Kingsbridge series that began with PILLARS OF THE EARTH. While I wondered how this concept would work (worked for STAR WARS) - I was not in the least bit disappointed. Great character development and story line. While some of it is harsh in its language and portrayal, I can easily imagine that things may well have been that way back in the years 997-1006. Great read - all 913 pages of it.

Oct 11, 2020

This was a great disappointment.

I have read most of the author’s works and enjoyed them
Unfortunately, the author seems to fallen in the same foul pit of vulgarity, sex and violence that one now finds in other venues.

Some of the references to sex and details of such seem gratuitous and over the top.

I would rate this as a one star.

Oct 10, 2020

When I read "Pillars of the Earth," I thought no story could come close. Well, I was wrong. This prequel is just as good. It has very strong characters, mainly the passionate and virtuous Lady Ragna, the Boat Builder turned Master Builder, Edgar and the pious Monk Alder. They strive to maintain law and justice in the area of Western England with a clever and nefarious Bishop and his oafish brother trying their best to prevent them. This Bishop is ruthless and will stop at nothing for more power. Follett tells the gripping story and one can hardly stop reading all 900 pages in one sitting!

Oct 10, 2020

This is a beautiful book: well written with a solid story line, and well-rounded characters.  I enjoyed all 900 pages.  It's second only to Pillars of the Earth, thus 4 stars instead of 5.

Oct 07, 2020

Another well told story by Ken Follett. The characters come alive as they all play a part as townspeople, bandits, murderous bishops, and benevolent rulers. Ragna plays the strong female lead as a love story retreats and reverts with Edgar the boatbuilder- turn bridge builder- turn cathedral mason. Female independence, slavery, criminal justice, disease, corrupt rulers.......Who'd know is was really the Dark Ages! Wanting more, I'll just re-read "The Pillars of the Earth."

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