The Other Boleyn Girl (Movie Tie-In)

by Philippa Gregory | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781416560609 Global Overview for this book
Registered by raerae78 of Watervliet, New York USA on 7/8/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by raerae78 from Watervliet, New York USA on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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Journal Entry 2 by raerae78 from Watervliet, New York USA on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
"Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne, her sister Mary and their brother George are all brought to the king's court at a young age, as players in their uncle's plans to advance the family's fortunes. Mary, the sweet, blond sister, wins King Henry VIII's favor when she is barely 14 and already married to one of his courtiers. Their affair lasts several years, and she gives Henry a daughter and a son. But her dark, clever, scheming sister, Anne, insinuates herself into Henry's graces, styling herself as his adviser and confidant. Soon she displaces Mary as his lover and begins her machinations to rid him of his wife, Katherine of Aragon. This is only the beginning of the intrigue that Gregory so handily chronicles, capturing beautifully the mingled hate and nearly incestuous love Anne, Mary and George ("kin and enemies all at once") feel for each other and the toll their family's ambition takes on them. Mary, the story's narrator, is the most sympathetic of the siblings, but even she is twisted by the demands of power and status; charming George, an able plotter, finally brings disaster on his own head by falling in love with a male courtier. Anne, most tormented of all, is ruthless in her drive to become queen, and then to give Henry a male heir. Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill. In the end, Anne's famous, tragic end is offset by Mary's happier fate, but the self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader's mind." from amazon.com
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I'm not a big fan of books based on history or time periods. But this book was so hard to put down- even towards the end when I was able to guess the finish. It was so full of scandal (and sex) that the chapters went by quickly and I was sad when I finished reading the book. I'm glad Mary was finally able to have the life that she wanted, sad to know what became of Anne, and pissed that the King was able to get away with so much. Great read!

Journal Entry 3 by raerae78 from Watervliet, New York USA on Sunday, September 20, 2009
Going into the book-to-movie bookbox. Enjoy!

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