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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
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Jan 01, 08

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Recommended for: adults
Read in December, 2007

This was one that has been on my "to read" list for a while. In a nutshell, this story tells about Henry VIII, from his ending years to his first marriage up to the execution of Anne Boleyn, told from the point of view from her younger sister Mary. My feelings on this book are mixed. On one hand, its pretty active. I finished it in two days and found it hard to put down. But most of the characters were rather flat. Mary wasn't too bad, but Anne was so vile that I was thinking halfway through the book "for Pete's sake, can't we just get to the execution already??" I just could not muster any sympathy for her, or for the brother George, at the end. I did like Henry VIII's portrayal, and his growing madness and obsession with having a male heir. He was probably the most believable character in this.
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