First Line Friday: The Pillars of the Earth

28 Aug

This week’s First Line Friday comes from my current read, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This tome (and it is a tome at 937 pages) tells the story of the construction of a cathedral in the 1100s in Britain, with all the technical and political  details to boot. I’m really enjoying this story, and I’m about halfway through. The characters are engaging, and the plot doesn’t drag or have lulls, a feat to be sure when the book is so long. I knew that Follett was more well known for his spy novels, but this departure has been recommended to me so often, I felt compelled to add it to my summer challenge list as the answer to task 30.7, Read a Book that is Over 900 pages.

Anyway, the first line of a book this long may not seem all that crucial; if you’ve picked something this big up in the first place, you need more than one line to keep you going. This first line, though, doesn’t disappoint:

“The small boys came early to the hanging.”

Right? Right.


One Response to “First Line Friday: The Pillars of the Earth”

  1. Erin August 28, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Sounds good! I’ll have to check that one out!

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