"The Pillars of the Earth" is a tale of hope, love, war, hate, lust, etc., all nestled around the building of a cathedral, that will keep you wondering what will happen next. Through the ups and downs of the building project, the characters go about their daily lives with all their problems. There are battles to be fought, relationships to be nurtured, and a cathedral to build. How does one affect the other? While the book is long, it is worth the read to find out.
I enjoyed the book but have to admit that it seemed too long at points. Sometimes there was too much anger, too much dying, too much graphic sex, but to say more would be to give away the book. My preconceived notion about the book was also wrong. It isn't totally about building the cathedral, but the back stories totally drew me in. I was not disappointed! I would recommend the book to those who like historical fiction, and to those who like books that meander through many lives; introducing you to interesting people, places, and things.