I love this book. A "normal" woman, not a stick figure with Farrah Fawcett hair and perfect teeth, gets the good guy! You can really put yourself in the shoes of this woman as her life takes unplanned turns. She DOES have a life. Most authors, and Hollywood, want us to think that if you are larger than a size 4, you never get the opportunity to have a life, let alone a HAPPY life or even a LOVE life.
This book proves them all wrong. Overweight women are not parriahs. They are people who love and are loved. They are mothers, daughters, friends, lovers. Thank you for finally putting that into print for the whole world to see!
I can't recall the last time I didn't finish listening to a book I purchased, but I won't soon forget this one. Boring, uninteresting plot, and the nasal tone to the narrator's voice all combined to make this a real snooze fest. Do not listen in your car, or risk running off the road when you doze off...I want a refund!
I just finished reading this book and I have to say that it is one of my FAVORITE books ever.
I have no idea how Ken Follett was able to tie so many threads together to build a magnificent tapestry which tells a historical but fictional account of the lives of several families in the early 12th century, but he has done it masterfully. I have a better understanding of how difficult their lives were and the perils they faced in their daily lives from greedy Land owners, corrupt and inept Kings and Queens, and treachery of those who were supposed to give them spiritual guidance.
I found it interesting that many of the concerns they faced are still faced by young people and families, governments and even religious institutions today.
I just can't wait to read his next book!
This period piece takes place back in the age of Serfdom. Not only is the story interesting and intriguing, you also get a feel for life back in the age of the Crusades. One of my favorites!
What an interesting History lesson and glimpse into a culture unfamiliar to us in the west. A fine line, or one could say, a wall between Geisha and prostitute. One a position of honor and respect, the other equally held in contempt regardless of culture. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of how a woman with very little choice in her life was able to take a hand in her own destiny.
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