The Pilaster’s family, one of the world’s great banking families, entered into a criminal conspiracy, and their future is jeopardized by ambition and greed. As the bank’s tentacules spread from the City of London to the colonies, the Pilaster’s grow rich in the shadow or tragedy. .
<ul><li>The socking secret behind a young boy’s death will lead to three generations of treachery, bringing all the dark pasions, fomenting deceit, banckruptcy, disease and murder. The Plot is narrated in a extraordinary way by the master story-teller Ken Follet, and confirms him as one of Britain’s finest authors. </li></ul>
THE PLOT <ul><li>The prologue set it out at Windfield School, in 1866, where a tragedy of a young boy’s death takes place, and the court give a veredict of accidental death by drowning. The rest of the plot is divided in three parts from 1873 to 1890. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The friendship between two close friends, since their chilhood, that become an homosexual love . </li></ul><ul><li>The two men are very diferent but complementaries; while Micky is wise, manipulative, cruel, meticulous, Edward, is weak, clumsy, hoggish, and they need themselves in a diferent way; Micky protects Edward in order to manipulate him, and Teddy is deeply in love with him. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end this false friendship turn into tyranee , death and disease. </li></ul>
The characters <ul><li>Follet uses many adjetives of personality in the descriptions but also the relationships betwen them. </li></ul><ul><li>I like the variety and richness of the vocabulary and the way of using that in order to make more pleasant and entertainting the whole book. </li></ul>
Relationships and charaters <ul><li>The assfixiant love of a mother too protective with his unique son, makes him feel weak, and fed up with her. </li></ul><ul><li>The protective, cruel, manipulative Augusta, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Micky , and made her unpleasantly vulnerably to him </li></ul><ul><li>This assfixiant love ends up breaking their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>The true love between a man and a woman, broken by her jealous aunt Augugsta and other circumstances, make the lovers feel the sadness and despair in his lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Hugh Pilaster lives under the cruelty of his aunt Augusta, and he is the only one that has the courage to clash with her; moreover, she is so jealous of him because she knows that Hugh is much better in the bussines bank than her son Edward, and supouse to be an obstacule in his future. </li></ul><ul><li>Maisie, is the first love of Hugh, and the only one who has been always in love with him, and she suffers a lot because of the unhappynes of him. </li></ul>
ADJETIVES <ul><li>Hugh is a “trouble maker”, </li></ul><ul><li>Maisie is a “dollymop”, lovely, a horse-breaker </li></ul><ul><li>Edward, English-looking, big nose like a broad-bladed knife </li></ul><ul><li>Augusta, high-cheekboned face, with a straight sharp nose and strong chin, manipulative </li></ul><ul><li>Papa Miranda, caudillo, provincial landowner,with reckless(temerario)brutality, weatherbeaten face </li></ul>
Notes <ul><li>Ken Follet was only twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the needle, the award-winning novel wich became an international bestseller and a distinguised film. </li></ul><ul><li>He has since written seven equally successful novels </li></ul><ul><li>I would recommend it to you because it combines family rivalries, treachery and murder with a strong story of love. </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Follet has succeeded with this that confirm him as one of Britain’s finest authors. </li></ul>