Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies

Wolf Hall Bring Up the Bodies A two ebook edition of Hilary Mantel s bestselling novels Wolf Hall winner of the Man Booker Prize and Bring Up the Bodies winner of the Man Booker Prize Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

A two ebook edition of Hilary Mantel s bestselling novels Wolf Hall, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012.Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the first two instalments in Hilary Mantel s Tudor trilogy, have gathered readers and praise in equal and enormous measure They have been credited with elevating historiA two ebook edition of Hilary Mantel s bestselling novels Wolf Hall, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009, and Bring Up the Bodies, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2012.Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the first two instalments in Hilary Mantel s Tudor trilogy, have gathered readers and praise in equal and enormous measure They have been credited with elevating historical fiction to new heights and animating a period of history many thought too well known to be made fresh.Through the eyes and ears of Thomas Cromwell, the books narrative prism, we are shown Tudor England, the court of King Henry VIII Cromwell is a wholly original man the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events.In Wolf Hall we witness Cromwell s rise, beginning as clerk to Cardinal Wolsey, Henry s chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant He is soon to become his successor By 1535, when the action of Bring Up the Bodies begins, Cromwell is Chief Minister to Henry, his fortunes having risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry s second wife Anne s days, though, are marked Cromwell watches as the king falls in love with silent, plain Jane Seymour, sensing what Henry s affection will mean for his queen, for England, and for himself.

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Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies

  1. Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother s Day, and Vacant Possession She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times,The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books She lives in England with her husband.

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  1. Together they form one long novel with a third to follow about the life of Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII s political and financial adviser Mantel takes a figure history has cast as a calculating villain and throws a warm glow over his family, his motives, and his implacable resolve The language is rich, and the scenes leading to Anne Boleyn s execution are unforgettable.

  2. There have so been many novels written about Tudor England and the intrigues of Henry VIII, one would think nothing could be said That is why the books Wolf Hall and Bringing up the Bodies were such a pleasant surprise Hilary Mantel brings new life to this subject with the first two installments in the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy The books tell the tale of Henry VIII s court through the eyes of Henry s top advisor Thomas Cromwell, a person, who in Mantel s opinion has been historically misunderstoo [...]

  3. Dear husband gave me both of these books for Christmas after I had heard the author interviewed over NPR, and I was mesmerized by the idea that Thomas Cromwell could be depicted as anything other than a pompous ass historical literature has been hard on the guy What an incredible week I had reading both of these books in one fell swoopMantel paints a very interesting picture of Cromwell as right hand to King Henry VIII, and as it is historical fiction, definitely a different take on his personal [...]

  4. While I liked reading about this period, I felt that the author wrote as though the reader is intimately knowledgeable of this period of history and the characters I think that historical fiction should elucidate the history of the period, and giving some context and background helps to do this Dialogue between characters can elucidate the context The absence of this context seems an arrogant exercise by the author to write for herself ignoring the future reader.As many commentators have noted a [...]

  5. I started this book as soon as I had finished Wolf Hall and was not disappointed, as I have been with sequels in the past The transition between the two books is seamless and I was saved the awful how will I live without this book syndrome for a while at least Thomas Cromwell has now entered my list of characters in books that I have fallen in love with will check now if such a list exists on Starting with Black Beauty and a German Shepherd dog called Greatheart, I can see very few connections b [...]

  6. I rarely read two books in a series one right after the other, even if I liked the first one It s like eating too much chocolate No matter how good it is, it gets cloying after a while I bought Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies as a pairs deal for Kindle on , so one just flowed into the other When the writing is this good and the story this compelling no one has won the Man Booker two years in a row there is no danger of suffering from too much of a good thing Now I m tapping my impatient finger [...]

  7. Mantel s tome is written from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, the central figure of this telling of history and the common and self made man who triumphed as Henry the VIII s closest adviser Henry s wish to divorce queen Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn provided motivation provided motivation for Henry and England s challenge to the power of the Church of Rome, a challenge Cromwell saw in broad, practical and forward thinking terms We mostly agree that this was a hard to follow, tough read in [...]

  8. I don t know what Mantel thought was wrong with Cromwell s name that she had to substitute it with a he every time she refers to him It would have made sense if there had been no other men in the narration, but there were and too many times it was necessary to re read whole paragraphs to find out which he she was talking about.In a few occasions there were entire pages of irrelevant non action and seemingly intentionally confusing writing, like when Liz Cromwell seems to be flying years after sh [...]

  9. This perspective from Cromwell s point of view leaves no doubt to the ridiculousness of King Henry s court You know how things will end and can still relish the anticipation of Ann s demise A bit long, though I listened to on CD so could perhaps take in small doses

  10. Movies based on books rarely live up to the magic of the book That s not a condemnation of movies or the movie industry, but rather a reflection of greatest source of magic of all man s imagination No reality ever lives up to my best fantasies Normally, I read a book first and then if a subsequent film production gets rave reviews I ll see the movie Occasionally, the movie will live magnificently up to all my wildest expectations To Kill a Mockingbird is a good example of movie from book perfect [...]

  11. First things first I was much amused that my copy of Wolf Hall had a sticker on the front reading From the author of Bring Up the Bodies The first book in the series, recommended to readers of the second Some of these things are true and some of them lies But they are all good stories Wolf Hall is the story of Thomas Cromwell, great great great uncle to the famous Oliver Cromwell Thomas rose from obscurity and the peasantry to become, firstly, the Cardinal Wolsey s problem solver, and, after th [...]

  12. I read this immediately after Wolf Hall Now I can t wait for volume 3 There is a growing sense of the noose tightening around Cromwell, who s locked on the path to his destruction as inexorably as the hero of a Greek tragedy

  13. In terms of providing a new treatment of a subject arguably done to death in novels, plays, movies, documentaries, etc etc Hilary Mantel has done an magnificent job Her presentation of Thomas Cromwell as something other than the two dimensional thug of other portrayals is masterful Here he has wit, tenderness, malice, loyalty, brutality and subtlety In short, he is a fully rounded and supremely intelligent man It is a relief to get away from the innumerable portrayals of Thomas More as sainted a [...]

  14. amazing as i thought she could not maintain that pace and inspiration, she has unbelievable.ivating, Mantell must have been dreaming , breathing and communicating with Cromwell there is something so intimate in her reading of his mind Its an astonishing book and teh writing is even tighter , i could not put it down like the minotaur, breaths unseen in a labyrinth of rooms while down river the sword that comes down on the queen s neck is a sharp sigh or a sound like a whistle through a keyhole , [...]

  15. The 2 book series was very good It is written in present tense, as if the story was unfolding in front of the reader right then Also the main character is mostly referred to as he , so I would often have to reread parts in order to figure out who was doing what I think that the second book read faster than the first one I enjoyed the books and felt that I gained a greater appreciation for this man and his place in history.

  16. It took a little while to get into the style of writing but once I was in I loved it The detail and insight was glorious I felt I was there.I was given a hard copy as a gift Shame because it looks fabulous, so big But I couldn t hold it and ended up buying it on the Kindle.I will definitely read that one again So much in it that I know I will have missed things.

  17. Book 2 of an imaginative retelling of a familiar story Thomas Cromwell never had such a sincere admirer and harshest critic as an author who sees the man in the shadows so well I cannot wait for Book 3.

  18. These are good books, a good story, but I must say that I m glad that we are watching Wolf Hall Bring UP The Bodies on PBS at the same time Reading these books is a challenge only because it is hard to keep track of all of the players Seeing those characters on TV helps.

  19. I liked this one even better at least until the end , than Wolf Hall Set in the 1500 s in England, the history was so interesting to me I can t wait for the third novel in the series to come out This was number two.

  20. Love to read anything to do with Tudor family and using Cromwell as the protaganist was inspired Although the long long chapters make it a bit hard to keep up Overall I loved it

  21. Can t wait for the third I find Hilary Mantel s writing to be engrossing and never imagined I would find the subject of Cromwell to be so intriguing.

  22. Oh my It took me quite a bit to finish this, which is actually a two column version of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies I originally started this after watching the show on PBS, but stopped at the end of that volume thinking there might be a part 2 Anyway, when I picked it up again, I had a hard time getting back into the grove of reading this.It is a great story though Basically the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, which is a very interesting co [...]

  23. Apparently Thomas Cromwell is now widely regarded as a villain Having never heard of him and with little knowledge of the Tudor era I wasn t at all sure what to expect from Wolf Hall Historical fiction re imaginings are definitely not my usual reading material My initial misgivings were increased by the discovery that the narration is in the present tense,which takes some getting used to.But perseverance paid off as I became engrossed in Cromwell s life It is through his eyes that we see the dra [...]

  24. This book is beautifully written, and it gives an unusual perspective on the oft told and I realised somewhat misremembered story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Cromwell, the main character, is shrewd, cold, effective and calculating in abiding by the King s orders and wishes which is also the one way to keep himself on Henry s right side , and yet, I could not hate him There is some sadness, some resignation, some regret and nostalgia for the people he has lost that make this man a beautiful cha [...]

  25. A well researched novel with a very clever perspective on every school childs knowledge of Henry Viii and his wives A page turner which is unbiased The characters are believable and have not been made characatures for dramatic effect I would recommend this book to history lovers everywhere I hope that Hilary will complete Thomas Cromwell s story with the same astuteness that the first two novels displayed.

  26. As compelling as the first novel Bring up the bodies finds The Marriage of Anne Boleyn and Henry the 8th at a rocky point Henry is becoming and invested in his relationship with Jane Seymour Thomas Cromwell is on the rise and doing his best to stay ahead of the game Even though we all know where the story is going Hilary Mantel breeds new life into Cromwell s story An excellent read.

  27. If I were of a history buff, I m sure I d have been happier with the detail and inclusion of so many figures However, I found a loss of depth in Cromwell as a man and a foggy vision versus a tangible plot.

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