Picks and Pans Review: The Pillars of the Earth

updated 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Ken Follett

The erstwhile thriller author leaves no stone unturned—not many logs or clumps of dirt either—in a nearly 1000-page tale of building a church in England in the Middle Ages.

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