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Bring Up the Bodies de Hilary Mantel
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Bring Up the Bodies (2012 original; edició 2012)

de Hilary Mantel (Autor)

Sèrie: Wolf Hall Trilogy (2)

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Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?… (més)
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13. Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
published: 2012
format: 407-page paperback
acquired: December
read: Mar 21 – Apr 11
time reading: 15:51, 2.3 mpp
rating: 4½
locations: 1530’s England
about the author: born 1952 in Derbyshire, England to parents of Irish descent.

Part of our CR group read, and part of my trail through the 2020 Booker longlist, which includes [The Mirror and the Light].

Considering how deeply I felt I needed to be into [Wolf Hall] to read it, and how long [The Mirror and the Light] is, this caught me off guard on how easy it is to read, how quickly it flows, and pulls, plot driving, Cromwell working. This book is a nice, fun, dark read. I had some issues with that. I liked the slowness of [Wolf Hall], and the intimacy that created, the forced close reading to catch when "he" meant, otherwise unnoted, Cromwell. Here, she writes, "he, Cromwell", which helps lessen the reader's need for attention.

I have trouble writing about this book. Cromwell is fascinating, I mean this version of him. And the way Mantel does it, she doesn't actually tell you what's going on in his mind. His physically unreadable stone-face is also his literary one, even as he still has flashbacks of intimacy. I imagine Mantel playing with reader. It makes the book distinct. She leaves a few clues as to who this Cromwell is, and how not-normal he has become, but mostly leaves it to us to analyze.

Mind you, this is the story of Anne Boleyn's fall, and all that came down with her, including, of course, her head. I have had moments where I felt like Anne, the world separating from me, undermining me, without my grasping why. I could relate to her as I could not to Cromwell.

A terrific novel historically and fictionally. Both distinct from [Wolf Hall], and building on it.

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  dchaikin | Apr 17, 2021 |
Once again Hilary Mantel pushes historical fiction to new boundaries. I have to say that after loving “Wolf Hall” I approached this sequel with trepidation – too many times books don’t live up to my expectations and I ended up blaming the author for a reading experience that is lesser than the one I so much desired.

But, like I said, Mantel does deliver it again. And again, as I wrote on my review of Wolf Hall: “Mantel expects a lot of her readers. Her prose is oblique, the dialogues are interwoven with the characters inner voices and memories, historical figures leap at the pages without any introduction to their background Nothing, and I mean nothing, is given digested and rationalized by the author.”

What a great reading!
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
The second book on the Thomas Cromwell trilogy was as good as, and maybe better than, the first. The writing is so fresh, it really feels like being right there - almost to a fault for some scenes. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Apr 3, 2021 |
I'm so delighted that this even surpassed Wolf Hall in terms of my utter reading enjoyment. Yes, a big part of that is that our court story is getting to the really gripping part with Anne Boleyn getting her alleged comeuppance, but also as the characters were now familiar it was easier to immediately sink into the story and get back to feeling like a fly on the wall again.

Tension is ripe throughout this second novel. Henry isn't happy, and that pervades the air in every nook and cranny of court, but this feels different to the crisis with Katherine of Aragon. Henry feels different. Cromwell is up to his neck now in terms of responsibility for making things happen for the king, but even after everything has been achieved in terms of doing away with Anne Boleyn there is a sense that nothing is over; it is all just beginning. A line has been crossed (although most of Europe seem to think this is child's play compared to Katherine being ousted), and the game feels acutely more dangerous now.

Utterly superb visualisation of this classic time in history.

5 stars - I'm clutching at straws to find any fault with this wonderful book. ( )
  AlisonY | Mar 19, 2021 |
I really believe Hilary Mantel's Cromwell (as oppose to anyone else's) could be one of the great creations of English literature. Now I have finished the novel (and I did draw out the process as long as I could) I am going to miss him so much. He his funny and intelligent, ruthless and sometimes frightening. A good and loyal friend, worshipped by his household but a lethal enemy who it seems will not forget a slight.
If anything I preferred this to Wolf Hall. There is a wonderful cast of almost Dickensian characters. The two blustering old Dukes, Norfolk & Suffolk and the Spanish Ambassador with his hat that develops a life of its own particularly stand out.Wonderful!! ( )
  Patsmith139 | Mar 15, 2021 |
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Here, as elsewhere, Mantel’s real triumph is her narrative language. It’s not the musty Olde English of so much historical fiction, but neither is it quite contemporary. The Latinate “exsanguinates” is a perfect 16th-century touch, and so is that final, Anglo-Saxon “gore.” In some of her books, Mantel is pretty scabrous in her descriptions of present-day England, its tawdriness and cheesiness and weakness for cliché and prettifying euphemism. “Bring Up the Bodies” (the title refers to the four men executed for supposedly sleeping with Anne) isn’t nostalgic, exactly, but it’s astringent and purifying, stripping away the cobwebs and varnish of history, the antique formulations and brocaded sentimentality of costume-­drama novels, so that the English past comes to seem like something vivid, strange and brand new.
afegit per LiteraryFiction | editaNew York Times Sunday Book Review, Charles McGrath (Web de pagament) (May 25, 2012)
 
Geen gehijg tussen de lakens in Bring up the bodies (Het boek Henry), geen hete kussen bij maanlicht. Toch is Hilary Mantels versie van de perikelen van de Tudors de meest opwindende ooit.
 
Is Bring Up the Bodies better than, worse than or equal to Wolf Hall? While lacking, necessarily, the shocking freshness of the first book, it is narrower, tighter, at times a more brilliant and terrifying novel. Of her historical interpretations, Mantel says in her afterword that she is "making the reader a proposal, an offer", but what is striking is how little concerned she is with the reader. Her prose makes no concessions to the disorientated: a moment's distraction and you have to start the page again. Mantel, like Cromwell, seems not to mind if we are there or not: she is writing, as he was living, for herself alone.
 
"Mantel knows what to select, how to make her scenes vivid, how to kindle her characters."
afegit per bookfitz | editaThe New Yorker, James Wood (May 7, 2012)
 
We read historical fiction for the same reason we keep watching Hamlet: it's not what, it's how. And although we know the plot, the characters themselves do not. Mantel leaves Cromwell at a moment that would appear secure: four of his ill-wishing enemies, in addition to Anne, have just been beheaded, and many more have been neutralised. England will have peace, though it's "the peace of the hen coop when the fox has run home". But really Cromwell is balancing on a tightrope, with his enemies gathering and muttering offstage. The book ends as it begins, with an image of blood-soaked feathers.

But its end is not an end. "There are no endings," says Mantel. "If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. This is one." Which will lead us to the final instalment, and to the next batch of Henry's wives and Cromwell's machinations. How much intricate spadework will it take to "dig out" Cromwell, that "sleek, plump, and densely inaccessible" enigma? Reader, wait and see.
 

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Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne's head?

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