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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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May 15, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012
Read from May 15 to June 10, 2012

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Ashley I REALLY WANT TO HEAR ALL YOUR OPINIONS ON THIS BOOK. I'm going to read it soon. Does she continue to treat Anne well?


Erin Okay, you know when Mr. Knightley says, "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more"? That is how I feel about Hilary Mantel. I think it's because she is SO smart and SO good at what she does that I feel like I'd be doing her a disservice if I tried to boil it down to anything other than a string of superlatives? I've tried and I can never accurately convey just how much I love her books, just how much I respect them and wish I had written them and want to read them over and over again. I think this book is less challenging than Wolf Hall, stylistically speaking, but maybe that's because she's already introduced everyone and the world and doesn't have to spend as much time doing that? Also, it's focusing on a much more concentrated period of time/sequence of events, so that obviously has an effect. It threw me a little bit at first because it wasn't as dense as I had come to expect, but less-dense for Hilary Mantel isn't saying much. Yeah, she continues to treat Anne well, and she does it so beautifully, because god, it could have been so easy to make the whole thing maudlin, given the plot, but she's not scared to make someone sharp and unpleasant and still WORTH CARING ABOUT. I actually think it's even better than Wolf Hall - I'm equally excited and terrified for The Mirror and the Light because if this upward trajectory continues, I might actually just die halfway through the book.


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