When I read Wolf Hall I gobbled it down much like my 9 year old stuffs chocolate cake in his much barely chews before swallowing. Much to my regret I realized what a wonderful read it was when I had finished. So , when I borrowed the sequel ‘Bring Up the Bodies’ I vowed to take my time, to be a seasoned gastronome of the written word and savor every turn of phrase, prose, ….basically really take my time with it. And , oh boy was it worth it!
Mantels setting of the scenes allows you to feel the fear and terror of being at the whim and beck and call of arguably history’s most interesting king Henry viii. Her portrayal of the somewhat inept king is brilliant. The reason d’etre of Cromwell is as clear as how you would think in your head ( at least it feels like that is how I would think). Her style of explaining complex political intrigues and making them sound normal is unsurpassed. Anne Boleyn plays less of a role in this book and we are introduced to Jane Seymour and an interesting side to Jane Seymour is presented.
THis has to be the first Man Booker prize winning book (s) that I have liked and loved!
Will I read more Mantel? YES!!!!
Will I add to my personal collection – Yes!
Powerful. That is the only word I can think of to describe this tome. I havent slept without thinking of this book since i finished reading it a few days ago. This book is a paradigm shifting book. My ideas of Nigeria, Africa, war and peace and colonialism were challenged and ultimately I feel like I have a lot of reading to do. I LOVE LOVE Chimamanda’s style of writing. Will be added to my personal library of African literature.
Makes me want to read:
Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya
This was an impulse selsction at the library. I quickly picked it up on my way out….probably someone had just returned it. Anyway…….
It toook a long time before I really got into the story and really wanted to know what happens. Some of the ideas were repeated throughout so as to make a dent in my memory. This book is wierd in that when I think of it I do not think of the plot or picture the protagonist. I instead keep remembering the core message that I got which was that nothing ventured nothing gained and that the universe conspires to help you when you are seeking out your destiny. Those were very powerful words and concepts for me and since then I have been slowly using them.
SO thats the beauty of this book. I didnt get it at forst but about two thirds of the way I did. Can see why this book has sold soo many copies.