Welcome to my blog. If you're addicted to books, like I am, then you've come to the right place. I mostly write about books and my experiences reading them. These are very personal book reviews. (If you can even call them book reviews...) I’m a true believer that none of us lives in a vacuum. When you read a book, watch a movie, listen to a song, etc., you absorb that art form into your life experience, and it changes you. But you also change it, because no two people see anything the same way. The way I interpret a novel may be totally different from the way you will. It’s still the same novel, but the meaning for each of us is unique. Once you express that meaning, it changes the art. So these posts are about how these books fit into my life. I’d love to hear how they fit into yours. Please make comment and share your experience.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eat your heart out Pillars of the Earth fans!!

Hello from Birmingham, England!  I'm here on a business trip for a couple of weeks and today I had a literary experience that I just have to share with you. 

Yesterday we were visiting two customers outside of London.  My colleagues and I decided to take a slightly different route on our way Birmingham so that we could visit Stonehenge this morning. This necessitated our stay in Salisbury last night, as it is the closest town with a hotel room available.  Before we left Salisbury, we took a quick tour of the Salisbury Cathedral.  A little thought kept nagging me as I walked through this overwhelmly impressive medieval cathedral.  I knew I've heard of this place before...but where?...then I thought, could this be the inspiration for the fictional cathedral in Kingsbridge?   When we arrived in our hotel tonight, a quick visit to Ken Follett's website confirmed it.  Salisbury Cathedral was one of the two cathedrals that Follett had in mind when he wrote Pillars of the Earth, one of my favorite crack books.  It's an amazing story set in medieval England, chronicling the building of a cathedral and the lives of the people who built it.  It is a sweeping epic tale. 

I felt like I was walking in the pages of a book today.  I could imagine the characters I loved so much carving the statues and designing the buttresses.  So cool. 


1 comment:

  1. My jealousy continues... but in a good way! CL