'Pillars Of Earth' Author Follett Mourns Notre-Dame
Muhammad Irfan 2 days ago Tue 16th April 2019 | 10:40 PM
The author of what may be the world's most popular book about a cathedral told AFP that watching Notre-Dame being eaten up by flames made him feel like someone was dying
"It symbolises our connection with history," Follett told AFP as the world mourned Monday's devastation.
"Notre-Dame was started in 1163, nearly a 1,000 years ago. It connects us with our past, and we see something like that being destroyed, and we feel as if somebody died." The 69-year-old Welshman studied Notre-Dame's history and architectural construction as he prepared to write his own work.
"There is a triangular space in the roof which is made of wood -- almost everything else is made of stone." This knowledge did little to lift his sense of dread.
"I thought in the morning, there would be nothing left," he said.
Follett said the ancient structure's ability to withstand such an inferno was a testament to the builders and engineers of the time.
"The medieval builders built better than we thought because, miraculously, much of the cathedral has survived," he said.
Follett expressed no doubt that the French -- and global -- cultural icon would stand proud atop its perch on the River Seine.
"I am optimistic about it. The money will be found, the craftsmen will be found," said Follett.
"My sense of it is French people are determined about this sort of thing. They have decided to do it and will make this happen."