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The Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge) (edition 2020)

by Ken Follett (Author)

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"It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined: A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land. But the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power. Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins"--… (more)
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Title:The Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge)
Authors:Ken Follett (Author)
Info:Viking (2020), Edition: First Edition, 928 pages
Collections:audiobook, eBook
Rating:****1/2
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The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett is a prequel to his best seller The Pillars of the Earth, and the 4th book in the Kingsbridge series. Mr. Follett has written over 35 books, and sold millions of copies in 40 languages around the world.

Edgar, a boatmaker has to flee the town of Combe which was raided by Vikings, killing the love of his life. Edgar, his brothers, and his mother end up in Dreng’s Ferry, renting a small farm.

Ragna, a Norman noblewoman marries the Ealdorman of shiring, which rules Dreng’s Ferry. She eventually befriends Edgar who is not afraid to take fight against cruelty and injustice despite his low class status.

The story takes place about a hundred years before The Pillars of the Earth, in the Dark Ages. The world is slowly changing; however, every day is a struggle to survive, eat, or even make it to bed in the evening unhurt.

I enjoy this series especially because of the history and the details of how they used to build tremendous buildings without power tools or sophisticated computers. The sex and violence aspects of the story are fine but are sometimes just cringy.

The star of the series is not a human, but a place. Kingsbridge has not yet come into existence. The river, a small church, and a village are there but it hasn’t become the center of the area is it will be.

Mr. Follett shows how difficult life was, especially for women whose life expectancy was short, and if it wasn’t they were usually exploited. Poor people didn’t have it easy either, many chose to offer themselves as slaves just so they’d be able to eat.

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett follows the familiar pattern of the Kingsbridge books. In pre-industrial England, a bunch of characters from different classes go through their daily struggles and somehow get involved in each other’s lives. These characters are always the same, a clever but poor builder, a brute fighter, an enterprising woman, and the clergy, both good and bad.
But I love it, the formula works and I eagerly read all 900 pages. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Jun 7, 2024 |
After the disappointment of Whiteout, the best Follett is back. A bit plain characters, but very well documented and entertaining. Despite the huge number of pages it's a sort of quick read.
I'm planning to read the whole Knightsbridge series. And then I will be done with Ken Follett. A good guilty pleasure, but I'm yearning for better literature. ( )
  SergioRuiz | Apr 30, 2024 |
BIBLIOGRAPHIC DETAILS
(Print: 9/15/2020; Viking; 928 pages.)
(Digital: Yes.)

Audio: 9/15/2020; 24:34:40; 978-0593289655; Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group; unabridged; 25 parts.

(Film: No).

SERIES:
Kingsbridge (prequel)

CHARACTERS: (not comprehensive, being that I listened rather than read this book, I may have some of these names miss-spelled. )
Edgar – English boat builder
Sungifu – Coome resident - Edgar’s 1st love
Ragna – French Norman noble woman
Wilwulf – Ealdorman of Shiring
Den – Shiring Sheriff
Blod – Welsh slave at Dreng’s Ferry
King Ethelred – English King
Emma – Bride of English King
Aldred – English monk
Wynstan – Shiring Bishop
Wigelm – brother of Wynstan
Iron face – local outlaw/robber

SUMMARY/ EVALUATION:
Excellent!
If you’ve read any of Follett’s epic historical fiction novels you already have an opinion—go with it as this book replicates the others in the Kingsbridge series in drama, intrigue, craftsman details, array of characters, and the poignant depictions of the struggles, tribulations, and joys of bygone days.
The Evening and the Morning is as rich in character development, intrigue, and historical detail as the epic historical novels that have gone before (or, I might say “after” since this is the earliest time period a Follett novel has depicted). As a prequel to Pillars of the Earth, the timeline precedes all others of the Kingsbridge series, being the late 900’s to the early 1000’s. The good characters are as admirable as any and the bad as loathsome as any.

AUTHOR:
Ken Follett. (June 5, 1949) According to Amazon, “Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.”

NARRATOR:
John [Rafter] Lee. Oddly, Wikipedia and IMDb (Wikipedia’s source, so no wonder) make no mention of the many books John has narrated, but instead list his filmography (nothing I have seen, but probably because he is British), television roles, and video game roles. Apparently, he is also a playwright and producer.
Mr. Lee has a wonderful voice! He’s one of those narrators I would follow the way I follow good authors. In fact, I see he’s recently narrated an Erik Larson book about Churchill. OK, that’s now one of my holds at LAPL. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
Honesty, was a bit disappointed with this. Follett can't get out of his bread and butter - almost every character maps 1:1 with a character from his other series, and not in the good "there's continuity in this series and this book fits with the rest" way but in the bad "that book sold well, if I reskin the characters with new names and a slightly different setting, maybe I can do it again." I think what gets at me is that I wanted a little more realism - a bit more of a sense that I learned something about this point in history - but didn't get that from this book. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
I only happened upon Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge series this summer, so unlike fans who read the first book, Pillars of the Earth, when it was published in 1989, I did not have to wait 31 years for the fourth book, which is a prequel to Pillars, taking place in the last few years of the 10th century and the early 11th. For me it was less than two months between finishing Pillars, World Without End (2007), and A Column of Fire (2010), so I had not really forgotten much. These are books that can be read as stand-alone without losing anything because there are centuries separating the stories, so the characters are different in each book. Instead the tie among the books is the place: Kingsbridge, a fictional place in south England.

I enjoy Follett’s research and interesting, though sometimes predictable, storytelling. His writing is nothing special but reads well. There were a few times in this book that he used phrases or referenced items that I feel skeptical about being period-appropriate, and that was distracting to me. He acknowledged in the Acknowledgments at the end of the book that the Dark Ages have left us few records, neither writings about daily life nor surviving buildings, as most were built of wood. He writes: “This leaves room for guesswork and disagreement, more so than with the preceding period of the Roman Empire or the subsequent Middle Ages. Consequently, while thanking my historical advisers, I must add that I have not always followed their advice.” Perhaps he should have. Those distractions aside, I enjoyed this prequel more than A Column of Fire, but less than The Pillars of the Earth. ( )
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"It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people and often in conflict with the king. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined: A young boatbuilder's life is turned upside down when the only home he's ever known is raided by Vikings, forcing him and his family to move and start their lives anew in a small hamlet where he does not fit in. . . . A Norman noblewoman marries for love, following her husband across the sea to a new land. But the customs of her husband's homeland are shockingly different, and as she begins to realize that everyone around her is engaged in a constant, brutal battle for power, it becomes clear that a single misstep could be catastrophic. . . . A monk dreams of transforming his humble abbey into a center of learning that will be admired throughout Europe. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power. Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins"--

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