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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Aug 09, 2010

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Read from July 12 to August 09, 2010

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message 1: by Picoroco (new)

Picoroco Good luck with this one, Minnie. I had to give up on it before finishing the first chapter as I became bored with the turgid prose.


minnie I'm nearly at the end now, and I have to say, I love this book.Her writing is very witty if you can stick with it.Whats interesting is how in school I remember learning about the great Thomas More,Mantels portrait of him is of a backward thinking idiot, whos burning heretics all over the place, while Thomas Cromwell is a humanitarian and all round good bloke.You would definitely want him on your side.I would advise anyone who has given up on Wolf Hall to try again, it really is amazing, the small details of tudor family life, and the way court gossip travels through London,( who needs The Sun and the The Mirror)via the merchants and boatmen.There is one amazing scene involving Cromwells childhood memory of an old woman being burned alive for heresy,that will stick in my mind for a while, but overall reading this feels like you are inside Thomas Cromwells head, as he goes about his business and thinks back to his brutal childhood.It's not always a good place to be ,but as historical fiction its the best I've ever read.


message 3: by Picoroco (new)

Picoroco Well, that's a recommendation and a half. I will definitely have to revisit it at some point. I'm over half way through Patrick O'Brian's great Aubrey-Maturin series at the moment and I'm thoroughly enjoying them but I will maybe attempt Wolf Hall after that.


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