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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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Apr 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: england-ireland-scotland
Read in October, 2012

A great read for this political season. Cromwell is the ultimate adviser, strategist. He's still sharp and drops some very funny lines. For example, when someone asks him what Henry VIII think of Jane Seymour, Cromwell says, "He thinks she's stupid. He finds that restful."

But Cromwell is farther along in middle age now. Mentoring, and dealing with his memories. His personal life isn't as robust as in "Wolf Hall." He seems more detached, and at the same time, more vulnerable.

This book feels very much like the middle of a series, even though it has the dramatic (and obviously expected) ending. I wouldn't recommend anyone skip "Wolf Hall" and start with this one. I also can't wait for the next installation.

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