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As if we don't have enough to read, Oprah

Pillars_2 Oprah Winfrey has chosen Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth for her next book club pick, and while it is actually a shockingly entertaining novel - about one man's dedication to building a medieval cathedral, and yes, I know it sounds dull, but it is not - it's also roughly 14 million pages long. And in October, Follett published the sequel World Without End, which is roughly 15 million pages, so if you like the first one you're bound to want to read the second. So prepare to devote several years of your life to this project, should you choose to undertake it.


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CBS Sunday Morning recently covered the two books, and made them seem compelling. Who knew a book about a cathedral, excuse me a long book about a cathedral, could inspire such enthusiasm.

This is what Follett said on his website (http://www.ken-follett.com/bibliography/the_pillars_of_the_earth.html):

This is my most popular book. It still sells about 100,000 copies a year in paperback in the US, it was number one in the UK and Italy and it was on the German best seller list for six years. It's overwhelmingly the book that readers talk to me about when I meet them in bookshops. It's becoming a cult.


Not surprised it's a favorite. It's definitely good. Though I do have a certain affection for Eye of the Needle (also made into a movie with Kiefer Sutherland's dad and...I think...Kate Nelligan). Too lazy to look it up.

Anyway, Oprah's push should make Pillars an even bigger favorite...thank God she has gone back to supporting living authors (and not picking dreadful books like A Million Little Pieces).

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