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Bring Up The Bodies Paperback – May 8 2012
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'Picks up the body parts where Wolf Hall left off - literary invention does not fail her: she's as deft and verbally adroit as ever' Margaret Atwood, Guardian ' - a magnificent encore from first page to last' Mail on Sunday 'An outstandingly good read - Fans of Wolf Hall will relish this book, but Bring up the Bodies also stands alone' The Economist 'This is a great novel of dark and dirty passions, public and private. It is also an exploration of what still shocks us - A truly great story, it rolls on.' James Naughtie, FT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
HILARY MANTEL is the author of thirteen books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost. Her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring up the Bodies, have both been awarded the Man Booker Prize—an unprecedented achievement.
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In the first book in this planned trilogy, Wolf Hall, we saw the unexpected and adept rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in serving King Henry VIII. At the end of that book, Henry was smitten with Jane Seymour and Cromwell had a sense that this was an opportunity to overcome Anne Boleyn whom he had helped to become queen at the king's request.
In Bring Up the Bodies, we follow the plottings leading up to the death of the former queen, Katherine of Aragon, the failed attempts by Anne Boleyn to provide a male heir, the rise of the Boleyns, continental power politics, and the king's (and Cromwell's) desire to gain income from church lands. The book culminates in the trial and execution of Anne Boleyn and those found guilty of adultery with her. We also see Henry VIII as an aging man, grown more foolish in his desires to stay young. With lots of dialogue and stream of consciousness narration, we see the delicate balance that Cromwell had to keep in all of his endeavors. It was a mighty challenge.
The strength of this historical novel is making the events of a distant past more understandable and emotional for us at this distance in time. I applaud Ms. Mantel again for choosing Thomas Cromwell as her narrator. He is the ideal character to cast these events into a more objective light. She lightly trods the balance between real events and guessing what Cromwell thought of them in a way that seems wholly accurate . . . while making the telling much more compelling by placing us in it as we identify with Cromwell's desire to properly serve the king's and England's interests.
In this sequel to Mantel's widely acclaimed Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall we listen to the machinations at court in 1536 when Henry has wearied of the now imperious Anne Boleyn who in addition to boring his majesty has been unable to give him a son. She has alienated many and forgiven few. With the death of Henry's first wife, the exiled Katherine of Aragon, only Anne stands between the king's desire for Jane Seymour.
It is up to Cromwell to satisfy Henry. Thus, over what seems to be a short period of time Anne finds herself the center of a plot to find her guilty of adultery and treason. Mantel examines this in vivid detail so well that it is as if one were eavesdropping on the characters, whether it is Cromwell thinking, remembering his youth or the Boleyns fighting to protect their place or the quiet Jane waiting, waiting.
Simon Vance is enormously talented as is noted by his four Audie Awards, 38 Earphone awards, and other honors. Listening to him is both pleasure and privilege. Don't miss his narration of Bring Up The Bodies!
- Gail Cooke
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So sorry to find that Bring Up the Bodies is not on par with the magnificently written Wolf Hall. The information leading up to Anne Boleyn's beheading is good, but not much... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caroda
I enjoy this writer for both the story and the information it providesPublished 7 months ago by Allan C. Crimmins
Brilliant evocation of the Tudor era with Wolf Hall. The quotations by Cromwell were easier to follow than in Wolf Hall. Read morePublished 8 months ago by nance
Seamlessly continues Mantel's "Wolf Hall," which is a good thing. At the end of the book she indicates that she's looking forward to continuing to tell the story of Thomas... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pauline Mosher