The Pillars of the Earth

9780451488336The Pillars of the Earth

by Ken Follett

When I first started reading this book, I thought it was interesting.  I also liked big books, and this is a big book.  However, when I hit what must have been about page 100, everything changed.  I read a whole page devoted to a sexual scene.  After that it was practically nonstop, almost every other page.  Finally, around page 150, when I had read about the twentieth extremely inappropriate scene to my mom, she snatched the book out of my hands and told me to go read something else.

Normally, it doesn’t bother me too much if there is a mild sexual scene or two – although I would prefer there not be any.  I understand that sometimes it is necessary for the storyline.  This, however, was simply too much.  The way the author described the scenes made it clear that the characters’ actions arose not out of love, but out of lust.  Personally, I do not enjoy reading that kind of material, and my mom certainly would never let me.  I would definitely not recommend this book to any underage kids, simply because of the heavily sexual theme, unless the parents approve for a good reason.

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