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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne Agreed. This is what I like best about the Wolf Hall books--how even though I feel like I know the Tudor story backwards and forwards (due to a somewhat unfortunate Other Boleyn Girl obsession in high school), Mantel makes me feel like I'm discovering something new.


message 2: by Mary (new)

Mary When you gush about a book, David, I add it to my 'to read' list directly!


message 3: by David (new)

David Aw shucks, thanks, Mary!


message 4: by Jane (new)

Jane I barely contained myself to 100 pages a day. I just couldn't stop.


message 5: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda My version of your 50 pp/day is two paragraphs forward, one back; repeat. "If Wolsey wanted Norfolk he would lie quiet inside a table top, breathing along the grain of the wood; he would ooze through a keyhole, or flop down a chimney with a soft flurry like a soot-stained dove." Yikes! I feel like I've never seen good writing before.


message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Agree completely with review- loved "volume of her rage" sentence. Stayed up late, ignored chores and finished in 2 days!


message 7: by Hilariapdx (new)

Hilariapdx Hilary Mantel is so gifted. I savored each word of both Cromwell books and yet remain certain i could start all over to discover more nuance, wit and depth. Thanks, Hilary.


message 8: by Donna (new)

Donna I've been reading these because if the same New Yorker review. It was what he said and the quotes. I couldn't get my hands on these books fast enough once I read the quotes. I have been rationing to no avail. I'm using them up much too fast but that's true about second readings.


message 9: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Jones Oh, the extraordinary power of Mantel's prose.

Here is Mantel on Stephen Gardiner.

"When Stephen comes into a room, the furnishings shrink from him. Chairs scuttle backward. Joint-stools flatten themselves like pissing bitches. The woollen Bible figures in the king's tapestries lift their hands to cover their airs."

I love how Mantel dispenses with conventional efforts to describe Gardiner's dark character, but instead uses the terrified reactions of the very furniture to convey his demonic character.

I have now read Wolf Hall three times. After purchase, I waited for nearly nine months before I could bring myself to read BUTB. The torment of delayed gratification was almost beautiful.. But once I'd read this, straight back I went to WH, and then onto my second reading of BUTB. It is wonderful to me how it is possible to find so much that was missed in the first and second readings.


message 10: by Abhishek (new)

Abhishek H i have not read wolf hall and bring up the bodies, which is better, do i get everything in br up bodies without reading wolf hall ???


message 11: by David (new)

David You should read both. If you start with BUTB you will want to go back and read WH anyway.


message 12: by Chris (new)

Chris My book club is planning on reading this next month...Do I need to read Wolf Hall first?


message 13: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Messin Chris you don't need to read Wolf Hall first to get the best out of reading BUTB but you are depriving yourself of an excellent read if you don't at some stage. BUTB is not a patch on WH but is worth reading though it took me till half way through to be hooked. WH had me captured from the first page and remains one of my favourite all time books.


message 14: by Paulette (new)

Paulette Rationing! So glad to hear I am not alone in my craziness. Two years to the final book in the trilogy!


message 15: by Bgs (new)

Bgs Just read as you please, when you get to the end simply start again, that worked for me!


message 16: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Chemberlin Brilliant review of a brilliant set of books. You are so right about the writing. I have been stopped in my tracks, jaw agape at too many sentences and passages to count. I so enjoy Cromwell's sarcasm. There is one sentence in particular I like to use in real life, "The fluid of benevolence runs through my veins and often overspills." I'll be sad when it's over. I'm just over halfway through Bring Up the Bodies.


message 17: by J (new)

J Thomas Agree, agree with those here - brilliant writing. The last books I liked this much, hated to end was Herman Wouk's War & Remembrance and Winds of War.


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