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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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Aug 26, 12

Read in August, 2012

Another amazing feat of historical fiction by Hilary Mantel. This moves the story of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to its conclusion. Cromwell is still the central figure and clearly the most interesting character of the era, at least as Mantel presents him. He's less sympathetic than in Wolf Hall, perhaps because Thomas More is no longer around to dislike, but also because his manipulation of others is more blatant and because he sends some men who were probably innocent to their deaths.

The writing is stunningly beautiful again, very reserved, usually saying less than you'd like. Mantel tries harder in this volume to be clear about who she's talking about when she refers to "he" or "him," most commonly by using "he, Cromwell," addressing one criticism of Wolf Hall. But this gets a little old, too, and there are still a couple of paragraphs I had to re-read several times to figure out who she was talking about. Do NOT read this on Kindle. Even in the last few pages I was still referring to the list of characters at the beginning of the book to figure out who was who.

Can't wait for the next episode....
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