Cathedral of the Sea: A Novel

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Penguin, May 1, 2008 - Fiction - 624 pages
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The “riveting”(The Washington Post) #1 international bestseller—now in paperback in the U.S.

In the tradition of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, here is a thrilling historical novel of friendship and revenge, plague and hope, love and war, set in the golden age of 14th-century Barcelona. Arnau Estanyol arrives in Barcelona and joins the powerful guild of stone-workers building the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, while his adoptive brother Joan studies to become a priest. As Arnau prospers, he secretly falls in love with a forbidden woman. When he is betrayed and hauled before the Inquisitor, he finds himself face-to-face with his own brother. Will he lose his life just as his beloved cathedral is finally completed, or will his brother spare him?

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Brit Wallace Goodread
Very good it is close to Ken Follett books. I would buy his next that is English. I could not put the book down until I finished and wanted more.

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Good read. I lot like Ken Follett's series. Takes place during the same time frame as Follett's second book, and follows a family over roughly 60 years. Some times the book drags, but it has its good page turner sections as well. I would recommend it.


PART ONE Chained to the Land
PART TWO Chained to the Nobility
PART THREE Chained to Passion
PART FOUR Chained to Destiny
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Ildefonso Falcones is a well-known attorney who lives Barcelona. He found fame when his novel Il Catedral del Mar sold over a million copies and has been #1 on the Spanish bestseller lists for ten months. In Spain, he is often compared to Ken Follett and his book had drawn numerous comparisons to Follett’s masterpiece The Pillars of the Earth. Falcones has also been called “the new Dan Brown” by El Mundo. Now, Dutton brings this giant international bestseller to an American audience.

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