I’ve recently discovered that I love listening to audio books. In the past year, I’ve put in more driving hours than I ever cared to drive. Listening to audio books helped more than I thought they would and I decided to take on a monster, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
I had high hopes for this novel. I didn’t expect it to be a great work of literature, but it was an Oprah book. I’d heard great things from customers and I like epic stories with a huge scope and a full cast of characters. I dedicated 15 hours of my life listening to the novel and there were still 25 hours to go. After an EXTREMELY GRAPHIC rape scene from the point of view of the rapist, I decided that this novel wasn’t for me.
I was going to power through the rest of the novel, but then I found out that there are more rape scene and they are all just as graphic. Now, I think that we shouldn’t shy away from difficult topics just because they make us uncomfortable. They can be used to great effect. But this scene felt more like some sort of porn for entitled men (not to say that women aren’t rapists) instead of a scene about a sensitive issue that should be treated appropriately.
As I didn’t finish the novel, I can’t speak to it’s literary merits and disappointments. All I can say is that it wasn’t the one for me, or for anyone who is sensitive to rape scenes, especially ones that glorify the rapist.
2/5 for what I read