- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2607 KB
- Print Length: 1049 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; Slipcase, Gift Set ed edition (16 October 2012)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009P25MK2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 359 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies: Two-Book Edition Slipcase, Gift Set ed Edition, Kindle Edition
|Length: 1049 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Language: English|
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Praise for WOLF HALL:
‘Wonderful. As soon as I opened this book I was gripped. I read it almost non-stop’ The Times
‘Dizzyingly, dazzingly good’ Daily Mail
‘Genuinely outstanding’ Independent
‘So original and disconcerting that it will surely come to be seen as a paradigm-shifter’ Sunday Telegraph
Praise for BRING UP THE BODIES:
‘BRING UP THE BODIES is simply exceptional…I envy anyone who hasn’t yet read it’ Sandra Parsons, Daily Mail
‘In another league. This ongoing story of Henry VIII’s right-hand man is the finest piece of historical fiction I have ever read. A staggering achievement’ Sarah Crompton, Sunday Telegraph
‘BRING UP THE BODIES succeeds brilliantly in every particle…it’s an imaginative achievement to exhaust superlatives’ Spectator
‘WOLF HALL was a tour de force, but its sequel is leaner, more brilliant, more shocking than its predecessor’ Erica Wagner, The Times--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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The grammatical approach adopted by the author makes the story almost impenetrable. I find that I am reading it because in the back of my mind I am saying that it must be me for whom the penny hasn't dropped and that somehow I just haven't got it. I read sections over and over to try to understand who is speaking and I still don't know.
I look to authors to make stories accessible, this one seems bent on constructing literary puzzles for us to solve. Perhaps this is what the literati want and why Wolf Hall is a prize winner. But it's not for me and I'm sorry that I wasted my money.
These two books combine drama and history with a rare intelligence and absence of sentimentality. Hilary Mantel’s literary style is not to everyone’s liking – she writes in the present tense, mainly, and doesn’t always make it clear who is speaking and thinking. In that way, she shows respect for the reader’s intelligence although, judging from some reviews, she manages to irritate a substantial minority who like their writing more straightforward. Another criticism might be that she assumes her readers have at least a background knowledge of Tudor history and politics. I would have found these two books very difficult to follow and enjoy if I weren’t familiar with the basic history. One of the things I like about her style is that she focuses on people with an emphasis on dialogue and conflict. There are no lengthy descriptions of buildings or rooms. One has to use one’s imagination.
The two book Kindle version, at the time I bought it, was only marginally cheaper than buying the two Kindle versions separately. I’d advise people to check prices before deciding whether to buy this version or two independently. Also these two books are part of a trilogy, so no doubt the full trilogy will be available on Kindle in the foreseeable future.
The BBC has produced Wolf Hall as a televised drama. This is available on DVD, and includes Bring Up The Bodies. I thought it was excellent. Some prospective readers might find it helpful to see the DVD before reading the two books.
There’s inconsistent use of quotation marks. A constant use of “he said” when there are multiple people in the scene and it’s entirely unclear who it refers to. And worst of all the author seems to be attempting to write in an “edgy” style, but it’s relentless, over the top, and just really badly done - I found it really unpleasant to read.
It’s a shame because the plot is really interesting and I’d love to finish the book, but despite going back to it several times I’ve now given up. I doubt I’ll pick up a Hilary Mantel book again.
Mantel gives flesh to names we all know but which are just that: names. She takes us by the hand and leads us through the 16th century royal court, with its rules and intrigues, its dangerous rivalries and ambitions. She shows us the capricious nature of a notorious king and how he always got what he desired. She immerses us entirely in an often brutal world without flinching.
The only negative remark I had to make is about this e-book Kindle edition: there were at least three pages missing within the novels, which was most irritating. Page numbers would have been appreciated too.
The five-star review is, however, for Mantel' s startling achievement. I can see why these books have been gobbling up awards. Highly recommended.
As for the content of the books, have only read the first so far, and the style can be disconcerting, many things seem to be from Cromwell's point of view, even at times one is not expecting it. Very large cast of characters, not surprisingly.
Quite a sympathetic portrait of Thomas Cromwell- and not so of Thomas More- the opposite of how was taught it in history.