Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'

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Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. 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. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2009
ISBN: 9781554687732
9780007230181
0007230184
9780007292417
Branch Call Number: MAN
Characteristics: 651 p. ; 25 cm

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Audrey_1974
Aug 25, 2019

Part of former US President, Barack Obama's summer reading list for 2019.

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AndCo
Jun 27, 2019

I loved this book (and also Bring Up the Bodies). I am just puzzled that anyone found either book boring. I read both of them feeling like I WAS Thomas Cromwell. Made the time come alive for me.

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MichelleBees
Dec 20, 2018

a treasure!

It took me ages to finish it and I felt like celebrating when I did. I loved the BBC miniseries and I did appreciate the first and last third of it, but it was hard to get into the groove of this book. However, the detail, the portrayal of Cromwell and the extraordinary work that went into researching this book is astounding. Her prose is dry, often extremely subtle and witty. It is as slippery as Cromwell himself. I wish I loved it more than I did. I will still read Bring up the Bodies.

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Papadog
Nov 28, 2018

Wow, great title and that's about it.

Despite all the critical acclaim it's just a very boring read. The potential is amazing, and I imagine the research and work that went into it was substantial, but the writing was just missing some ingredient to make it interesting. Also, an annoying feature is that the pronoun "he" is almost exclusively reserved for Thomas Cromwell, which may seem like a neat literary device, it is a little confusing at first, and then just plain annoying. Fantastic idea for a book but the writing just does not follow through, it became more and more difficult to pick it up and about exactly half way through I stopped...well, after 350 pages enough is enough.
PS The TV series could be really good though...

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moriquendi10
Apr 05, 2017

Fun read. I am not sure I wouldn't like a good history book about the same era just as much, maybe more?

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captbligh
Feb 09, 2017

Easy to read, continully enthralling. A guise of history in soap opera form. Too many names to remember.

Bunny_Watson716 Dec 12, 2016

For fans of dense historical fiction who enjoy novels set in Tudor England. This is a book you can sink your teeth into and you won't be disappointed with Mantel's richly detailed writing style.

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msemos
Jan 17, 2016

too many characters with too many names and too much going on for me to keep track of it all very easily. at times I thought it was a great book and at other times it was so boring that I had to put it down and read another book. I borrowed the dvd and will see if that is any better.

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MIDDLE TOWN
Aug 17, 2015

Not the most well-written, but but a fresh take on the events surrounding Henry VIII

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Tw1ggy
Jan 30, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Tw1ggy
Jan 30, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Tw1ggy
Jan 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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pagetraveler
Jul 05, 2013

pagetraveler thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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grannyat55
Nov 25, 2013

Very well written.
But for someone who gets to read just 30 or so minutes at bedtime, it was too long - nearly 700 pages!

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pagetraveler
Jul 05, 2013

Based on English history and the time of the Tudors. Takes the point of view of Thomas Cromwell to tell the story of Henry the VIII and his 1st and 2nd wives and his relationship with the church.

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mudflapflossy
Jul 17, 2012

You learn nothing about men by snubbing them and crushing their pride. You must ask them what it is they can do in this world, that they alone can do.

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