Rating: 3.5 stars
Shelf: Now Reading
It’s not really superbly written. At all. Ken Follett overstates to the point of absurdity. His dialogue is weak. The characters, while they had depth… that depth only went so far. For instance, I loved and understood Jack the boy. But as the years went by and Jack became a father and a older man – I had trouble imagining him as so. It was as if Follett had a strong vision of his characters in their prime and then failed to grow with them, even though he insisted his novel span decades.
Nevertheless – the story telling was sublime. It took me a while to get into the book because of the sub par writing, but once the story captured me, it was hard to put it down.
It really doesn’t live up to all of the “masterpiece” hype that it has gotten over the years. But it was definitely a good, emotional, and engaging read.