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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
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Mar 30, 2008

it was ok
Read in January, 2007

Not great, just a kind of historical thriller/bodice-ripper. It attempts to humanize the characters - Mary Boleyn in particular - by having the main character speak in the first person. This is a risky device that often falls flat if not carried forth by a master-writer. It is difficult - nay, presumptuous! - to attempt to "know" what was going on in the minds of people of another place and another time. I felt too much of a late-twentieth century perspective and mind-set coming through.
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