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Wolf Hall (2009)

de Hilary Mantel

Altres autors: Hege Mehren (Traductor)

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Sèrie: Wolf Hall Trilogy (1)

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Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.
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1520. Inglaterra está a un paso del desastre. Si el rey muere sin un heredero varón, la guerra civil amenaza con destruir el país. Tras veinte años de matrimonio, Enrique VIII quiere divorciarse de Catalina de Aragón y casarse con Ana Bolena. Pero la oposición del papa y de la mayoría de las coronas europeas es tajante, y el rey, enfurecido, pone al límite al cardenal Wolsey, que no consigue el beneplácito de Roma.
  Natt90 | Jan 31, 2023 |
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  eshaundo | Jan 7, 2023 |
A good book, but I felt it ended entirely too abruptly. I eventually got over the writer's quirk of referring to Cromwell constantly as only "he," and while the plot seemed to build, it cut off abruptly and not with the resolution or payoff I had expected. None the less, very good book about a fascinating character and fascinating time in English history. ( )
  ajhackwith | Jan 3, 2023 |
Started reading in April, but loan expired and couldn’t get it again until a couple weeks ago. Wonderful book. A lot I didn’t understand and certainly too many details to follow them all, but a great story told with an almost poetic rhythm. Would’ve been great to hear spoken aloud I think. Not sure I’m up for two more books of this but who knows?

PS If you’re concerned that it would be unsatisfying to read only the first book of a trilogy don’t worry in this case - this is absolutely a complete story in this book. It ends very elegantly and doesn’t tease with a cliffhanger. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
What a marvelous read…what a superb realization of another world and time. It took over all my senses and kept me riveted way past my bedtime. I didn't want it to end, and since the second volume is at least two years off, by the author's own estimate, I'm tempted to turn to the first page of Wolf Hall and start all over again.

There are reviews a-plenty, and they have covered most of my reactions to this novel. I share the frustration of some reviewers who found Mantel's use of the third person singular pronoun to be distracting at times. It's the reason I withheld that last half star (upon first reading it in 2010, that is. Gave the Folio edition that last half for utter stunning physical beauty). But I found that when I had uninterrupted reading time and became immersed in the story, I dealt with that issue subconsciously. I did have to take a break from reading Wolf Hall over the holidays, when my free time came in splinters; this book just can't be well read in snatches. I needed to do some cramming early on to get all the characters straight in my head, but I didn't mind that. And although I only noticed one other person mentioning it, it puzzles me why this volume is titled "Wolf Hall".

I loved the bits of wry humor scattered throughout the novel. When Queen Anne, shortly after miscarrying, learns that her sister Mary, latterly (or not so latterly?) mistress to the King, is now pregnant, her reaction is volcanic. Cromwell thinks to himself, "If Anne were my wife, I'd go out for the afternoon." When Cromwell tells his son Gregory that Holbein's portrait makes him look like a murderer (he really does, have you seen that picture?), Gregory's mild response is "Didn't you know?". Brilliant. Despite that murderer's aspect, according to Holbein a multitude of women want to marry Cromwell: "The wives of England, they all keep secret books of whom they are going to have next when they have poisoned their husbands. And you are the top of everyone's list." And in dreadfully serious conversation about Thomas More's fate with Alice More, this exchange: "You have been good to us," she says, reluctant. "I ask myself why. You always have some trick." "Born tricky," he says. "Can't help it."

Written January, 2010

ETA: Listened to this on audio in 2020. Loved that too. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | Dec 28, 2022 |
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Hilary Mantel sets a new standard for historical fiction with her latest novel Wolf Hall, a riveting portrait of Thomas Cromwell, chief advisor to King Henry VIII and a significant political figure in Tudor England. Mantel’s crystalline style, piercing eye and interest in, shall we say, the darker side of human nature, together with a real respect for historical accuracy, make this novel an engrossing, enveloping read.
afegit per clamairy | editaBookPage, Lauren Bufferd (Mar 2, 2011)
 
hard to read but enjoyable
afegit per AAGP | editaSlate Audio Book Club (Mar 15, 2010)
 
A sequel is plainly in view, as we are given glimpses of the rival daughters who plague the ever-more-gross monarch’s hectic search for male issue. The ginger-haired baby Elizabeth is mainly a squalling infant in the period of the narrative, which chiefly covers the years 1527–35, but in the figure of her sibling Mary, one is given a chilling prefiguration of the coming time when the bonfires of English heretics will really start to blaze in earnest. Mantel is herself of Catholic background and education, and evidently not sorry to be shot of it (as she might herself phrase the matter), so it is generous of her to show the many pettinesses and cruelties with which the future “Bloody Mary” was visited by the callous statecraft and churchmanship of her father’s court. Cromwell is shown trying only to mitigate, not relieve, her plight. And Mary’s icy religiosity he can forgive, but not More’s. Anyone who has been bamboozled by the saccharine propaganda of A Man for All Seasons should read Mantel’s rendering of the confrontation between More and his interlocutors about the Act of Succession, deposing the pope as the supreme head of the Church in England.
 
Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall is a startling achievement, a brilliant historical novel focused on the rise to power of a figure exceedingly unlikely, on the face of things, to arouse any sympathy at all.
 
Thomas Cromwell remains a controversial and mysterious figure. Mantel has filled in the blanks plausibly, brilliantly. “Wolf Hall” has epic scale but lyric texture. Its 500-plus pages turn quickly, winged and falconlike... [It] is both spellbinding and believable.
 

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Mantel, Hilaryautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Mehren, HegeTraductorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bridge, AndyIllustratie Omslagautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Simon SlaterNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Simon VanceNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Willems, IneTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Felled, dazed, silent, he has fallen; knocked full length on the cobbles of the yard. His head turns sideways; his eyes are turned towards the gate, as if someone might arrive to help him out. One blow, properly placed, could kill him now.
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The Cardinal, a Bachelor of Arts at fifteen, a Bachelor of Theology by his mid-twenties, is learned in the law but does not like its delays; he cannot quite accept that real property cannot be changed into money, with the same speed and ease with which he changes a wafer into the body of Christ.
"You're sweeter to look at than the cardinal", he says. - "That's the smallest compliment a woman ever received."
It is surprising how international is the language of old men, swapping tips on salves for aches, commiserating with petty wretchedness and discussing the whims and demands of their wives.
"Tell us, Master Cromwell, you've been abroad. Are they particularly an ungrateful nation? It seems to me that they like change for the sake of it?" - "I don't think it's the English. I think it's just people. They always hope there may be something better."
Christ, he thinks, by my age I ought to know. You don't get on by being original. You don't get on by being bright. You don't get on by being strong. You get on by being a subtle crook; somehow he thinks that's what Norris is, and he feels an irrational dislike taking root, and he tries to dismiss it, because he prefers his dislikes rational.
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Assuming the power recently lost by the disgraced Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell counsels a mercurial Henry VIII on the latter's efforts to marry Anne Boleyn against the wishes of Rome, a successful endeavor that comes with a dangerous price.

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