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Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall Trilogy, Bk 2)
Bring Up the Bodies - Wolf Hall Trilogy, Bk 2 Author:Hilary Mantel The sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, this book also won the Man Booker Prize. — 'My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he'll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he'll cut off your leg,' says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. 'But if you don't cut across him he's a very gentleman. And he'l... more »l stand anyone a drink.' By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. In 'Bring up the Bodies', sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall', Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.« less
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I was hoping for a lot more. It was boring, all the way through. Darn. I really liked Wolf Hall. I found the 'reviews' on the back of the cover almost hard to believe after reading it. It was too much inside just one head so to speak--making all the surrounding characters seem blah. Very blah.
I read a lot, but I just could not get into this one, I tried and tried and finally I gave up and ready to pass it on to someone who can get into it. I found the story to be boring and having to read parts over to understand what was going on.
Shannon K. (peche) reviewed Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall Trilogy, Bk 2) on
Ms Mantel conveys to the reader an impression of how thoroughly detestable and self serving everyone at Court was during the reign of Henry VIII (otherwise known as the wife du jour years of sixteenth century British history).
First and foremost among the detestable and self serving individuals was 'good king Hal' himself.
I must admit a to a sneaking fondness for Cromwell but a similar case could be made for many of the victims of Henry's reign by a sympathetic biographer.
Guess the jury's still out, so read and reach your own conclusions.