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Wolf Hall (The Wolf Hall Trilogy) (2009 original; edició 2019)
de Hilary Mantel (Autor)
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Wolf Hall de Hilary Mantel (2009)
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I finished this book only because of the challenge to do so. I did not find the text easy to follow and often wondered who was taking. How this book netted a major literature prize is a mystery to me. ( )
It took me a very long time to really get in to this book. Slightly less time to care about the characters - I found the style hard to adjust to. But I'm glad I got there in the end, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
The rise of Cromwell around the time of Henry VIII, in a Booker Prize winning novel (never before had there been such literary historical fiction).
I didn't find myself particularly engaged in the story, and I had to work hard to finish it to discuss it at a book club (I gathered all my forces -- audiobook, paper, and ebook). The language was too much work for me given the payoffs, because I never really connected with any of the characters.
This is my second go around with this book. I can't quite believe that the first time I read it was in 2013 . . .it really doesn't seem that long ago.
I am happy to say that I really enjoyed this book more on the second reading. Not enough to award it any extra stars, but the last time it took me around 6 weeks to get through it, and this time I read it in 3 . . .and for me, speed of reading directly correlates with enjoyment.
So what was different? For the most part, it really, really helped to understand that the pronoun "he" was used almost exclusively to refer to Cromwell, and if at any point in time, you didn't know who "he" was, if you mentally substitute Cromwell, then the text becomes clear. I did NOT know this the first go around, nor did I pick up on it, and it became immensely frustrating.
This time I also referred to the cast of characters about 170 times. Seriously. If I forgot who someone was, or wasn't clear, I looked them up. While this sounds like it would be more disruptive, it actually kept me much more engaged in the story because of the improved context.
Because of these two changes in how I read the book, I was finally able to appreciate the brilliant characterization of Cromwell and also some of the sharp wit embedded in his dialogue. Deeply drawn as a brilliant legal mind, an opportunist, a scrappy social climber, a bit of a "dog", loyal, and fearless, Cromwell comes to life. I love books that show characters that aren't all bad or all good, and Mantel does this with subtlety.
The work probably deserves a higher rating, but I still felt that there was a long windedness about it that didn't always serve the reader well. Those who are already familiar with the history would almost certainly give additional stars, but readers who are less so might find it hard to discern exactly what is happening . . .a good amount of the time. My education did not include many specifics on English history and so I am relying on information picked up from watching Showtime's The Tudors, but I feel that was pretty inadequate. Reading this time around with a small group definitely helped as others enlightened the group on the key historical elements regarding the religious views and politics of the time.
This time. Finally. I am ready to move on to [b:Bring Up the Bodies|13507212|Bring Up the Bodies|Hilary Mantel|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1330649655l/13507212._SY75_.jpg|14512257] with actual enthusiasm.
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.
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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.
hard to read but enjoyable
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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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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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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