Jun 04, 12
Read from May 16 to June 03, 2012
There are so many reviews already for this book so I am just going to summarise my thoughts. If I could have given 4.5 for this book I would have.
I finally got round to reading 'Wolf Hall' spurned on by the release of ' Bringing Up The Bodies'.
I really enjoyed this book however I did find it quite heavy at times and I think it helped that I read a light book alongside it. I found I really had to concentrate to know 'who was talking when' but once I got my head round it clicked in to place. I can understand why this book is a 'Marmite book' as I felt I really needed to be in the mood to read it, so I can imagine many people would find it a slog. No-one can argue with the precise detail and amount of research that shines through Mantel's work though it is truly outstanding and I was in awe and felt I learnt so much reading this book !.
I am now looking forward to reading the sequel which I have heard is meant to be even better as those that have read it feel Mantel listened to her readers after Wolf Hall regarding poise etc and changed it for the better.
Overall a very enjoyable but complex read.