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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Jul 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ms-kathy, ya-fiction
Read in June, 2010

The Man Booker Award-winner Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, brings the dazzling court of Henry VIII to life, with its dark tones (Katharine of Aragon's banishment), sexual overtones (the young temptress Anne Boleyn's stratagems), and light moments (especially the portrayal of various court children, including Thomas Cromwell's lovely daughters). This book is a big dip into the world of pre-schism England and early modern Europe, via the microcosm of the Tudor court and its intrigues. Mantel makes a bit too much of her hero Thomas Cromwell and a bit too little of Cromwell's foe Thomas More, who is presented as a dour saint-in-making and no "man for all seasons." Nevertheless, her storytelling is a tour de force.

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