Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies 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 n

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, ThomasThough 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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Bring Up the Bodies

  1. Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction Bring Up the Bodies, Book Two of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award She is also the author of A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, An Experiment in Love, The Giant, O Brien, Fludd, Beyond Black, Every Day Is Mother s Day, and Vacant Possession She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost Mantel was the winner of the Hawthornden Prize, and her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times,The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books She lives in England with her husband.

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  1. The normally flinty James Wood recently wrote what can only be characterized as an extended mash note to Hilary Mantel in the New Yorker, based on this book and its predecessor, Wolf Hall I can only concur, and add a few observations of my own.How good is this book It s so good that i I am trying to ration myself to only 50 pages a day, to spin out the experience of reading it just that little bit longer ii I am failing miserably in objective i above, because I am an undisciplined wretch, comple [...]

  2. Mantel is such an excellent writer her prose is eloquent and artistic, beautiful even Few writers have such skill She uses every grammatical tool at her disposal to give her novel a strong individual sense of stylistic flair And that s just the surface level of her sentences she also uses metaphor and constant allusions to take it to another level entirely For example, my favourite passage in the book He looks around at his guests All are prepared A Latin grace English would be his choice, but h [...]

  3. Most people in the English speaking world know the history of Henry VIII from their earliest school days or from the many books, films and TV series that the episode has inspired Some of us cringe when we hear of yet another fictional version, yet another glittery effort to sensationalise the intrigue of the Tudor court and create even farfetched scenarios around the details of the wooing and discarding of Henry s wives How then can Hilary Mantel s series be of any interest I would argue that h [...]

  4. I came to this sequel thinking it could not possibly stand up to the first installment So, I was prepared to like this book, but not love it as much as I did Wolf Hall But I was wrong it does, and I did It s one of those works that I lingered over the last pages of, not wanting it to end the prose is that good And it installed itself into my psyche After putting it down at night and as I fell asleep, words, phrases, sentences rolled through my head This has happened to me before, but this time i [...]

  5. There are no endings If you think so you are deceived as to their nature They are all beginnings Here is one.The books of Hilary Mantel on Thomas Cromwell are superb, grande We all know the history of Henry VIII but Wolfhall and Bring Up the Bodies are refreshing, sharp, intelligent, emotional much than just historic tales I give a slight preference to Wolf Hall, because that book was groundbreaking, a new take on this famous piece of history, seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell However, a [...]

  6. Aaaahhh Fine, fine, fine The final last paragraph perfect.Cromwell now to me will always be he, Cromwell This little stylistic flourish did add clarity, compared with Wolf Hall To purposefully use just he in the first book was at times confusing, forcing one to stop and step out of the story to regain one s bearings Sort of like breaking the fourth wall and perhaps that was the point then, a metafictional technique but it was too intrusive This book just sailed on from Wolf Hall Immersion was sw [...]

  7. His whole career has been an education in hypocrisy Eyes that once skewered him now kindle with simulated regard Hands that would like to knock his hat off now reach out to take his hand, sometimes in a crushing grip He has spun his enemies to face him, to join him as in a dance He means to spin them away again, so they look down the long cold vista of their years so they feel the wind, the wind of exposed places, that cuts to the bone so they bed down in ruins, and wake up cold.Be careful what [...]

  8. I loved this second book about Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII even than the first one I started reading Bring Up the Bodies as soon as I finished Wolf Hall, and I ve enjoyed this series so much I m excited for Mantel s third volume, whenever it s published While Wolf Hall focused on the rise of Anne Boleyn and how she became Queen of England, Bring Up the Bodies is about how the King decides to leave Anne when she can t give him a son, and her subsequent downfall and execution The story of [...]

  9. I rarely give 5 stars but I can t help it with this 2012 Booker winner I am still to read the last year s other Booker finalists but this book is one of the best among my recent reads Hence, I think the Booker jurors made the right pick last year Also, those friends of mine who already read this book and gave a 4 or 5 stars also made the right verdict this book is exceptionally great Prior to this book s prequel, Wolf Hall 4 stars , I knew nothing about Henry VIII I am a Filipino who had my earl [...]

  10. Of course if you loved Wolf Hall you re going to love this too It s slightly different in tone and texture to Wolf Hall though Less richly dense and intimate quicker paced, covering as it does a much smaller time frame than Wolf Hall I read somewhere Mantel heeded criticism of her excessive and confusing use of the pronoun he in Wolf Hall And it s true she is much clearer here, always referring to Cromwell by name whenever there might be confusion What this does is remove some of the sympathetic [...]

  11. I began this with tremendous trepidation I loved Wolf Hall and kept wondering if this could possibly hold up, thinking of all those times when a sequel didn t For those of you wondering that too, let me assure you this is a great novel in its own right, and a than worthy sequel Mantel is again at the top of her game, writing with the same incisiveness and the same narrative drive that made Wolf Hall so fantastic You know from the opening pages that you re in the perfect hands to tell this story [...]

  12. I jumped straight into Bring Up the Bodies after finishing Wolf Hall, such was my eagerness to dive back into Hilary Mantel s Tudor England and, of course, sit on the shoulder of the inscrutable, enigmatic Thomas Cromwell as he led us through it I m afraid this review is much shorter than my review of Wolf Hall, because many of the points still apply from one to the other.Mantel still prefers to overuse her third person pronouns rather than use her main character s name, which in the previous bo [...]

  13. I feel stingy giving this only 3 stars, because it is a really excellent book in its own right But it fell short of the wondrous originality and complexity of Wolf Hall I missed the mythic mystic dimension and the sense of a society on the cusp between medieval and Renaissance Thomas Cromwell doesn t have the same rich character arc that he had in Wolf Hall he s on top and he stays on top And King Henry doesn t struggle against the same array of opponents in this book, he just decides to do what [...]

  14. The second book in Hilary Mantel s amazing series on the life of Thomas Cromwell I seem to have an unlimited capacity for viewing the Anne Boleyn story from different points of view I know the details already, so you might think it would be boring, but it is anything but I can never help trembling just a little when Anne is beheaded, and wondering, as we all must, what her state of mind must have been to go from queen to discard so quickly This book has the sensational part of Henry the Eighth [...]

  15. Brilliant, again With sentences like this, as a candle is lit The light shivers, then settles against dark wood like discs pared from a pearl Everybody knows this story, of Catherine of Aragon, Henry the VIII, and Anne Boleyn, but that story has never been told like this before And I don t just mean the obvious that it s told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, who has come down in history as Henry s hatchet man, but who here, in these pages, has wit and humanity as well as the shrewdness a [...]

  16. What sorcery is this Cromwell plays good cop, bad cop Surprisingly, he s the good cop.The King wants rid of Anne, so Cromwell finds men who are guilty, just not necessarily guilty as charged That s about it really Some professional reviewers have called this tauter than part one, which must be review speak, like saying a house is conveniently placed for access to the city centre , which means smack on the main thoroughfare with juggernauts hurtling past your windows Taut no subplots Straight The [...]

  17. Those who are made can be unmade Let s begin with an admission I have an extremely love hate relationship with Wolf Hall, the Booker Prize winning predecessor to this novel I don t think anyone can deny that Hilary Mantel is a tremendously talented writer, but there were long segments of Hall that were deadly dull if I m being honest It s a sprawling novel that takes work to get through Finishing a book that makes you work can feel thrilling, but not when the effort is born out of frustration.So [...]

  18. Description 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 [...]

  19. Hilary Mantel s Booker winning Wolf Hall, though fascinating, was a chore to get through so it was with some misgivings that I picked up this book, the sequel I was resigned to getting bored, but too entranced with Tudor England and Henry VIII s court to leave the story However, I was pleasantly surprised no, that s too mild a term, I was floored Bring up the Bodies is one humdinger of a read While Wolf Hall was ponderous, the sequel is breezy, without losing any of the beauty of the language In [...]

  20. Wonderful creation by Hilary Mantel and deserving of all the praise it has received This is a novel of action than description, though the action is often in dialogue, both external and internal Cromwell is in charge, as much as anyone who is not the King or a member of the nobility can be The inner workings at the various royal courts and Cromwell s now multiple homes are intense and exciting As the royal times seem about to change, He Cromwell better identified in this book looks to a changin [...]

  21. The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really Almost anything can be turned around out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies100 pages in and it is hard to miss that this isn t just a nominal sequel to Wolf Hall, but rather the first book s logical annex There is no drop off in complexity No laxity of language Again, Mantel manages to shift form, change structure and reinvent her style She even manages to give the char [...]

  22. In her Author s Note, Hilary Mantel says This book is of course not about Anne Boleyn or about Henry VIII but about the career of Thomas Cromwell, who is still in need of attention from biographers Meanwhile, Mr Secretary Cromwell remains sleek, plump and densely inaccessible, like a choice plum in a Christmas pie For me, Cromwell remains admirable, he had such exemplary hopes for England one country, one coinage, one set of laws, one church albeit at Henry s bidding, good roads, good crops, goo [...]

  23. Where I got the book my local library.Now this is where the ratings system gets all screwy Compared to the run of histfic, Bring Up The Bodies is a 5 star read in terms of quality I never nitpick about historical accuracy But compared to my 5 star experience of Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies didn t quite come up to scratch and, although my opinion hovers somewhere around the 4.5 range, being constrained to whole numbers I m giving it 4 stars to make the distinction.Get it Oh, never mind On with [...]

  24. 4.5 starsIt s a while since I read Wolf Hall, but Mantel does a good job of filling in gaps in my memory This holds the attention as much as the first one does, but is narrower in focus, covering less than a year Cromwell is as ruthless and manipulative as ever but it is fascinating seeing things from his point of view Being a bit of an old Tudor hack from my undergraduate days these books are a fascinating take on an era I know fairly well For centuries Cromwell had been dismissed as just anoth [...]

  25. I didn t enjoy this as much as I d hoped to The writing is often brilliant, with the dialogue lively and apt in revealing the characters, but I came away with a hollow feeling with respect to emotional engagement Only part of that has to do with the lack of focus on likable characters in the unlikeable times The time is 1535, and the events concern the role of Thomas Cromwell in the downfall of Anne Boleyn in favor of Jane Seymour as Henry Tudor s queen As with the previous removal of Katherine [...]

  26. Phil Collins sings my theme song for this one I don t care any moo oo oore Just don t care no No .It s not easy being the only dissenter, but despite her books popularity, they do not include any characters I feel any connection to Yes, I did read Wolf Hall most of it, anyway , so it is not my ignorance of historical happenings or lack of appreciation for Cromwell s ability to overcome his shoddy youth It is likely a style preference plus my apathy for the role and impact of Cromwell on the Tud [...]

  27. Here is the genius of Hilary Mantel she can take a story about the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, a subject that I have been reading about since I was twelve, and make it new and fascinating to me She does this mainly by focusing her story through the eyes of, not Anne or Mary Boleyn as so many authors choose to do but through the eyes of a relatively unknown and certainly mysterious person Thomas Cromwell, Master Secretary and grand puppetmaster of all Tudor drama Cromwell is, to this day, an en [...]

  28. This second volume in Mantel s proposed trilogy has fear and trepidation woven into the very sentences Cromwell has moments of prescience when he can see that his tendency to go all in on support for the people he works for will bring him grief and destruction in the end But, you know, I like him better for it The man who could rewrite Machiavelli and teach him a thing or two has, at heart, a heart.In Mantel s novel I often got the notion that Cromwell directed the King s attention towards Jane [...]

  29. This is the sequel to Wolf Hall, which I read shortly after it won the Man Booker Prize The fact that I thought I would be reading a book featuring Cavaliers and Roundheads indicates that a I hadn t been paying much attention to book reviews and b I don t really know much about the Tudors Luckily it only took a paragraph for me to realise the novel was about Henry VIII s Cromwell and not the other one, or else I would have been a very confused reader In terms of the history, I had to rely on kno [...]

  30. Methinks this would have done better in my opinion had I gone back to the beginning soon before plunging into this continuation Then again, perhaps not Midway points are inherently weak, especially in an expected trilogy where the first has the beginning flush and the third has the ending triumph, so a rereading of Wolf Hall may have led to a compare and contrast with this latter day sequel coming out last Also, there are so many other unread tomes calling my name Also, I m lazy There you have i [...]

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