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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, favorites, tudor-england

Brilliant, again. With sentences like this, as a candle is lit: The light shivers, then settles against dark wood like discs pared from a pearl. Everybody knows this story, of Catherine of Aragon, Henry the VIII, and Anne Boleyn, but that story has never been told like this before. And I don't just mean the obvious - that it's told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, who has come down in history as Henry's hatchet-man, but who here, in these pages, has wit and humanity as well as the shrewdness and intelligence we would expect from someone appointed to such high office who was so low-born. No, it's Mantel's ability to take us right inside the corridors and rooms, and up and down the staircases, of the royal Tudor court. The scene inside the tent where Henry is taken after he falls from his horse during a tournament is an amazing evocation of place and personality written in the most amazing prose. While you're reading it, you are completely transported, you are there. Afterwards, you can't stop wondering: How did Mantel do that, write that, conjure that up? I was astonished over and over again reading this book.
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Reading Progress

May 12, 2012 – Started Reading
May 12, 2012 – Shelved
May 12, 2012 –
page 27
6.63%
May 13, 2012 –
page 126
30.96%
May 15, 2012 –
page 165
40.54%
May 15, 2012 –
page 174
42.75%
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: favorites
May 15, 2012 – Shelved as: tudor-england
May 16, 2012 –
page 269
66.09%
May 16, 2012 –
page 300
73.71%
May 16, 2012 –
page 379
91.99%
May 17, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Steve Fantastic review Nancy. You nailed it.


Nancy Steven wrote: "Fantastic review Nancy. You nailed it."

Thank you, Steven! What a remarkable writer Hilary Mantel is. I want to read more of her work.


Suzanne Nancy, it's so funny that you quoted that sentence about the light in your review. It is one of the spots where I stopped and went "wow." That vividness. It is amazing how she captures that image. I am enjoying this book so much!


Nancy Suzanne wrote: "Nancy, it's so funny that you quoted that sentence about the light in your review. It is one of the spots where I stopped and went "wow." That vividness. It is amazing how she captures that image..."

I love that!

(I think Mantel is pretty brilliant.)


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