Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall, Book 2)

by Hilary Mantel | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 125002417X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 9/4/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Friday, September 04, 2015
I got this fair-condition softcover from the ongoing-book-sale shelves in the Amherst NH public library. I'd seen some of the 2015 mini-series adaptation of the first book, Wolf Hall, and was interested to read further, so I was pleased to find the book.

I'm familiar with much of the history from the period covered by the novel, though seeing it through Cromwell's eyes is new to me. I find the author's choice of third-person-present a bit awkward at times, especially as Cromwell is usually referred to as "he" or "him", which sometimes makes it hard to tell which character is speaking, the Cromwell "he" or some other male character in the scene. Despite that, there are lots of fascinating details here, with the author's speculations as to motives mixing with items that have historical documentation.

Cromwell is depicted as so well-guarded in his thoughts and deeds that he often seems to melt into the background - usually on purpose. (The TV series reflects this in the understated performance of Mark Rylance.) In this book we see the threads he's pulling more clearly, with some very explicit statements to the effect that, in order to free Henry from Ann Boleyn, "I need guilty men; I will find men who are guilty..." even though the things they're guilty of may not be what they're tried for.

The book opens with an extensive cast-of-characters list, very helpful in working out the relationships and alliances.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series.]

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Buckthorn St. in Londonderry, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (9/29/2015 UTC) at Little Free Library, Buckthorn St. in Londonderry, New Hampshire USA


I left this book in the Little Free Library at around 6; hope the finder enjoys it!

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