Wolf Hall brings history to life with memorable characters. I learned so much more about Henry VIII and the power struggles of Europe than I ever did in school. And yet it was engaging and always enjoyable. I especially recommend the audio version as the narrator gave personality and voice to the many historical figures.
Sep 18, 2013
by Deb Atwood, author of Moonlight Dancer
it is a great book, part history (it makes no difference if you know little or nothing much about the period or the characters), part novel (greatly accomplished), fully enjoyable and after you finish it, get ready for the next one; "bring up the bodies"
I think it is hard to read (It took me three atempts to finally get engaged) because when she tells the story from Thomas Crowell point of view, so most of the times she refers to him as "he". So sometimes I thought she meant someone else, but when she said "he", she always meant Thomas Cromwell. After realizing that, the book became easy to read. I have already bought Bring Up the Bodies (haven´t started reading it yet), which I think I will enjoy.
I am seeing this more and more. I have already written to one publisher and will continue to lobby for reasonable Kindle prices. It costs next to nothing to create the e-version of a book and they only have to do it once and can sell it over and over and over. I refuse to be swindled just because I own a Kindle. There are a lot of great books out there that I won't be reading because of these practices.
I saw a tremendous amount of growth from a Place of Greater Safety (her first novel) to Wolf Hall. Both books are psychological profiles of misunderstood political figures. While I loved Safety, I thought there were points where she loss control of the narrative. In Wolf Hall, however, she held a tight rein: there was not an excessive word or scene. We see his strengths and weaknesses; we see how he set himself up for a fall.