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"Man is Wolf to Man",
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Hardcover)
Wolf Hall takes place during the reign of Henry the VIII but the star of this show is Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell was the lowborn son of a blacksmith who managed to rise to the court of Henry the VIII. The simple reason being Cromwell knew when to speak and when to listen. His early experiences in life showed him the way of the world and he paid full attention. Many may know the basics of the story of Henry's clash with the Catholic Church his wives and his struggle to make an heir. Mantel brings the intricacies of the times and characters to vivid life. The writing is beautiful and I found myself reading some sections over for the emotion and imagery. One part that comes to mind is the arrest of Cardinal Wolsey (pg 213 -218 in hardcover) which was heartbreakingly sad but lovely. A wonderful and dense novel of that takes some focus.
There are many characters which made reference to the Cast of Characters list found in the front very necessary. This novel took me 2 weeks to finish but was worth every minute. From the reviews it seems that this book is not for everyone. I think if you want a light read that you can polish off while watching TV this is not it. Wolf Hall demands all of your attention and I think deserves it. I'm so glad that authors like Mantel write books like Wolf Hall.