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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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May 07, 12

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Read from April 22 to May 07, 2012

i've said it before and i'll say it again: hilary mantel may be the best living writer. i don't know why people aren't talking about her all the time. maybe they are somewhere but i fear that because she won the booker for a book about the life of thomas cromwell that people read as being about henry VIII, they think it's some kind of companion piece to the tudors tv show or "the other boelyn girl" type historical/queen fiction.

wolf hall & bring up the bodies are not these things.

hilary mantel's prose is so sharp it almost hurts. her writing is so spare and so pungent she makes ernest hemingway look like a weepy sop. and she keeps getting better and better! i don't know if i've been so invested in a character as i am in thomas cromwell in many a year. i know i said this in my wolf hall review but i have to repeat that she takes giants of history and renders them completely human, without glorifying or deamonizing them. no small feat! i'm using so many explanation points!

god damn, hilary mantel, you are god damn good.

4/12 can i say how dorkily excited i am to be reading an ARC of one of my favorite writers writing a sequel to one of my all time favorite novels two weeks before it officially comes out? thanks.
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