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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Apr 05, 11

Read from February 22 to April 05, 2011

Hilary Mantel does an admirable job of presenting a sympathetic view of Thomas Cromwell during Anne Boleyn's rise to power and the establishment of the Church of England, in counterpoint to his usual portrayal in tales of the period. She provides Cromwell with believable motivations as her fiction fills in the gaps of the historical record. Her prose has a sedate yet compelling pace as she traces Cromwell's careful maneuverings to establish his position and withstand the mercurial nature of King Henry VIII. Mantel ends her tale at the time of Cromwell's greatest triumph, it would be interesting to see if she intends to provide a sequel covering his fall from grace. The Booker Prize judges continue to select novels that fit my interests.
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