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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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    The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers de Margaret George (napaxton)
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    An Instance of the Fingerpost de Iain Pears (souci)
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    Henry VIII de J. J. Scarisbrick (robeik)
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    Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII de David Starkey (souloftherose)
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    Beyond Black de Hilary Mantel (otherstories)
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Excellently written, with clever, witty social commentary and wonderful character studies. I mostly did the audio on this and it's perfectly read by Simon Slater. This book is, in so many ways, not really my thing, but within a couple of days of finishing it, I'd grabbed the sequel and started reading it - because that's how good it is. An absolute treat to find something that is just such a good book. ( )
  DebsDd | Jan 18, 2021 |
I love English history and, of course, this Man Booker winner does not disappoint. It could have been a little shorter with some additional judicious editing, IMO, but even with the length of the novel it never drags. It amazed me how long Henry waited to take Anne Boleyn as his wife. Clearly breaking away from the Catholic church was not taken lightly by any of the English nobles and courtiers. A very satisfying historical novel. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
This book was piece of historical fiction told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to Henry VIII and before that Cardinal Wolsey. The author’s use of "he" to refer to Cromwell and the last male to have spoken was annoying and took a while to get used to. This was one of the few books I've read that felt longer than it actually was yet remained interesting. The narrative was too even keel throughout, (Cromwell didn't feel any anxiety about the events unfolding around him ?), and therefore there weren't any parts of this book that I would call page turners. This book was reliably written with great details of life in England in the early 1500's that kept me reading up until the point that the story just stops with no real ending for the main character
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  SteveKey | Jan 8, 2021 |
Amazing. Can't believe took me so long to read. Historical fiction at its best. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
I am reading every book that has won the Booker Prize. Follow me at www.methodtohermadness.com

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, is not really the story of Wolf Hall at all. It is the story of Thomas Cromwell, counselor to King Henry VIII during the English chapter of the great Protestant Reformation.

The story begins with young Thomas on the ground looking at his father's boot. Not surprisingly, young Thomas runs away, to become a soldier, a wool trader, and eventually a lawyer. It is in that capacity that he serves Cardinal Wolsey, counselor to King Henry. When the Cardinal dies, Thomas's great intellectual and psychological abilities, especially his gifts in finance, allow him to become one of the king's most intimate advisors and thus one of the most powerful and wealthy men in the realm.

Meanwhile, all the drama of the King's predicament is swirling around the court. The Reformation is afoot, and King Henry wishes to divorce his first wife in order to marry his second. What's curious is that Wolf Hall is the ancestral home of his third wife, Jane Seymour, whom he hardly glances at in this book, which ends before the death of second wife Anne Boleyn.

The book is written in a unique style, unlike any other historical fiction I have read. There are plenty of concrete historical details, yet the narration can be poetically abstract. I enjoyed learning more about this historical period; however, I did find the narration confusing at times. So many characters have the same first names, and so many characters are also known by a title. Usually "he" or "him" refers to Cromwell, but occasionally a first person "I" creeps in.

Nonetheless, I really felt that I knew and liked Cromwell...well after these 600 pages, and I'm looking forward to spending 12 CDs with him as I listen to the sequel, Bring up the Bodies, on audiobook. This second installment also won a Booker prize, in 2012. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 596 (següent | mostra-les totes)
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
slater, simonNarradorautor 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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