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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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May 16, 2012

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It's a good and compelling read. Her prose is immediate and very lucid. Towards the end, the pace quickens and it becomes a page turner. She portrays the arbitrary use of power very well and the trial sequences have echoes of Stalinist show trials. The absurdity of the annulment proceedings of a deceased queen brings to mind Orwellian double think. All of that said, there's something slightly unpleasant about this book. Cromwell is very well written but a man of dubious morality. She short changes history and in making the narrative so compelling almost all the characters, save Cromwell and possibly Henry, are reduced to caricature. I'll be looking forward to the final installment of the trilogy with interest though these are books that I won't want to be keeping on my shelves - they're ideal for the ebook format.

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