Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall Tudor England Henry VIII is on the throne but has no heir Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell a man as ruthlessly ambitious in
  • Title: Wolf Hall
  • Author: Hilary Mantel
  • ISBN: 9780007351459
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wolf Hall
    Tudor England Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passioTudor England Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.
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  • Hilary Mantel

    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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  • Have you ever been with a group of people when someone tells a joke and the rest of the group thinks it s hilarious but you just don t get it Wolf Hall was that way for me So many people think it s brilliant while I couldn t maintain enough interest to finish it.I love historical fiction, especially from this time period, so I expected to really like this one I thought that telling the story of Henry VIII from the viewpoint of Cromwell was an interesting twist and I looked forward to learning a [...]


  • I just started Wolf Hall, and I find the relentless use of he to be extremely irritating In the first several chapters, there are dozens of instances where it is not clear who is speaking Every once in a while, as if recognizing the problem she has created, Mantel uses the phrase he, Cromwell Why not just say Cromwell Unless there is some good reason which I can t imagine, this sort of obfuscation is just lazy writing which disrespects the reader May I re think that, based on a comment by anothe [...]


  • The thing to remember when starting this book is that 99% percent of the time the pronoun he refers to Cromwell, even at times when the sentence structure makes it seems like he would be someone else It took me a short while to realize this, but once I did, I was fine You are in Cromwell s head you see everything from his perspective As he reacts to others reactions of him many times, he is bemused to see how he is thought of another layer of characterization is added.This novel is beautifully w [...]


  • For the first 100 pages I was like a Monkees song, you know the one Cue cute organ guitar intro I thought great historical novels about the 16th century were only true in fairy talesMeant for someone else but not for meMmm, historical novelists were out to get meThat s the way it seemedDisappointment haunted all my dreamsThen I read Wolf Hall Now I m a believer Not a trace of doubt in my mind Ooh I m in love Ooh Hilary Mantel I couldn t leave you if I triedBut then some strange things began to p [...]


  • Suppose within each book there is another book, and within every letter on every page another volume constantly unfolding but these volumes take no space on the desk Suppose knowledge could be reduced to a quintessence, held within a picture, a sign, held within a place which is no place Suppose the human skull were to become capacious, spaces opening inside it, humming chambers like beehives Thomas Cromwell by Hans Holbein Cromwell was a great supporter of Holbein and personal gave him many com [...]


  • I treat this novel as a qualified failure of an experiment qualified since I am open to the possibility that the failure was mine and I sincerely wish that Mantel does not win the Booker this year I just cannot bring myself to spend any time with her lifeless narrator.More than anything else Wolf Hall seemed to me to be a literary experiment on how closely a woman can get into a man s mind, and as far as I am concerned, a qualified failure I could never truly feel that the narration was being ex [...]


  • The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions This is how the world changes a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a phrase, a woman s sigh as she passes and leaves on the air a trail of orange flower or rose water her hand pulling close the bed curtain, the discrete sigh of flesh against flesh.Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown but really, crown wearers seem to hav [...]


  • Do you ever wonder about why people choose to read the books they do Well, I can tell you, I read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel because it won the Book Prize For Fiction in 2009 You see, The Children s Book by A.S Byatt was nominated for the Booker in 2009, but did not win Curious to see what book could beat one of my favorite books of all time, I looked up Wolf Hall And what do you know, it s another piece of historical fiction set in England and written by a woman This could be interesting I was [...]


  • BR with Hayat 2.5 StarsThese Tudor memes are amazing They re worthy of losing your head over Dear oh dear where do I begin I ve always been fascinated by the Tudor Dynasty, especially Queen Elizabeth I And since I m obsessed with Anne Boleyn, I thought this would be a perfect book for me It s well written but sadly far from perfect Reading this book was no easy task Wolf Hall isn t terribly difficult to understand, as some claim The problem lies with the main character I have no sympathy for Mr [...]


  • hilary mantel is such a tease she calls her book wolf hall because she knows i have a crush on jane seymour, and then she just blah blah blahs about thomas cromwell for 500 pages, feeding me only tiny bites of jane sigh me and hil have always had a rocky history.i have read four of her books now, and have only really liked one beyond black but i keep trying this one was for class, but i probably would have read it anyway, because this summer i read a nice fat bio of henry VIII and really enjoyed [...]


  • Hilary Mantel sure knows how to write her prose is eloquent and sophisticated Stylistically speaking, she is very distinctive Very few writers wield grammar the way she does she uses every means of punctuation at her disposal to achieve real effectual writing At some points her writing is simply beautiful, but there are also some real difficulties associated with it This is a hard novel to read It chronicles the life of Thomas Cromwell, and the narrative is focalised through him However, at time [...]


  • Unfortunately I gave up on this book at page 84 I m really disappointed that I was unable to get into this book as so many have raved about it I just found the prose exceptionally dense and confusing At times I was confused as to who was speaking and couldn t follow it.Oh well.xt


  • First off, I find the whole notion of the monarchy any monarchy absurd And also, despite being a citizen of a Commonwealth nation with Her Royal Majesty s mug plastered all over my bills and coins, the Union Jack incorporated into my provincial flag, and a mom who dragged me out of bed at 4 a.m to watch Lady Diana, Princess of Wales walk to her doom err, groom I am not, nor have I ever been, a monarchist.I honestly don t remember what kind of history I was taught in school, but the Royal Lineage [...]


  • I have always been fascinated by the history of England under the Tudors, particularly Henry VIII I chalk this up partly to a morbid fascination, and partly to a genuine desire to understand the circumstances leading up to the Golden Age of Elizabeth I Her family s Whig hatred of Elizabeth I is one of the few things I hold against Jane Austen This being said, I have hidden plot spoilers, but I will not be held accountable for the spoilers of history Well, to understand the circumstances of Henry [...]


  • Henry stirs into life Do I retain you for what is easy Jesus pity my simplicity I have promoted you to a place in this kingdom that no one, no one of your breeding has ever held in the whole of the history of this realm He drops his voice Do you think it is for your personal beauty The charm of your presence I keep you, Master Cromwell, because you are as cunning as a bag of serpents Someone asks him if he wants to confess Must I Yes, sir, or you will be thought a sectary But my sins are my stre [...]


  • You don t know much about Henry VIII except that he was an English king, had a lot of wives and changed the official Church of England so he could bang another woman You heard of Thomas Cromwell but you don t know exactly why he is so important You want to learn about this period in England s history and you think Wolf Hall is the place to start Well, let me tell you, IT ISN T You already know everything there is to know about the life and deeds of the 2 men and are interested in a beautiful, l [...]


  • One of the most interesting things about history is thinking about perspective Very few people lived their lives with an intention of being known as a villain of history Yet I think all of us fall into the trap of thinking of the past in moralistic terms sometimes This is a function of generations of storytelling and cultural indoctrination There are facts that we don t ever necessarily learn, or at least can remember learning, that we don t pause to consider.My favorite thing about Wolf Hall is [...]


  • Wolf Hall is the kind of book that gets better the you think about it Its protagonist is Thomas Cromwell a villain in A Man for All Seasons but here a man with a family, a career, and a sharp way of thinking He doesn t want to be a saint he wants to apply his shrewdness and hard won experience to make the best of a bad world His feelings towards his family, as portrayed here, make him sympathetic, even likeable.The book introduces all the figures familiar to readers of other Tudor stories, and [...]


  • Everyone knows about the Tudors Even people not particularly interested in history know the bare bones of the story, and people world wide all seem to have heard about Henry VIII I suspect it is one of the most popular periods to study in English history with its cast of colourful characters, intrigues, passions, extremes, extravagances, important political and religious changes and mind blowingly violent events Why then was Wolf Hall such a slog to get through For a start Hilary Mantel writes u [...]


  • I am a reader who thinks British history is fascinating, and I ve long had a soft spot for the Tudors That wacky King Henry VIII and his six wives And that wacky Protestant Reformation that changed the world What an amazing time Sure, this period has been much written about, but I love the fresh approach that Hilary Mantel takes in her Wolf Hall novels, which is to tell the story of Anne Boleyn s rise and fall from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, a low born lawyer who eventually became a tru [...]


  • 15 January, 2008Dear Ms Mantel Thank you for submitting your manuscript entitled Wolf Hall After careful consideration, we have chosen not to publish your work in its current form However, we believe that with certain modifications, our mutual interests may be well served The senior editor in our Business and Management Division, Lee Gultender, has what we hope is an intriguing idea for you to entertain He proposes that you use the same main characters from your present book as exemplars in a so [...]


  • I don t have much to add to the excellent reviews on here about the Booker Prize winning first volume in Hilary Mantel s Thomas Cromwell trilogy.Indeed, I consulted several of those reviews while reading this lengthy tome, especially at the beginning, just to help orient myself and see if I was the only one having a tough time with the names, characters and historical allusions I wasn t Mantel certainly doesn t write down we have to keep up with her, even if it requires consulting the pages of n [...]


  • First off I d like to say without the least reservation that Ms Mantel thoroughly deserves all the accolades she has garnered for this novel and there have been some She herself describes the process of writing it in terms of a sustained hallucination, as if she were in a film, occupying the same space as the main protagonist, with a ghostly overlap, watching the action unfold through the lens of his eyes She describes her exhilaration once she got started, and I can well imagine that, it mirror [...]


  • Putting this book onto my history shelf stuck rather in my throat It is a brilliant story, wonderfully descriptive and emotive It creates a great panoply of historical figures but falls far short of actually being just to them By that i mean Mantel quite clearly sets out to unwrite the hagiographical picture catholic tradition has given to Thomas More She points out, quite rightly, his brutal treatment of heretics and his lack of compassion to those with whom he disagrees and seems even to paint [...]


  • Frankly, most of what I know about the Tudors comes from watching Showtime s The Tudors via my Prime account So far, what I ve learned from the Tudors by watching The Tudors is this Boobs That said, it is very well likely that the problem with Hillary Mantel s Wolf Hall is me After all, it is a hugely popular, elegantly written, Man Booker Prize winning novel Far be it from me to criticize it But I will, since I m here Wolf Hall tells the story of King Henry VIII, his dalliance with Anne Boleyn, [...]


  • Wolf Hall is a historical fiction reader s feast Henry the VIII s story, though it has been told, is re examined through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, one of his counselors Who knew that a professional paper pusher and merchant could be so fascinating Cromwell s history made it unlikely that he would ever climb to such heights among the powerful Born the son of an alcoholic blacksmith, Cromwell s cleverness is his only advantage.Then, through a relative, Cromwell is taken into Cardinal Wolsey s h [...]


  • This book has inspired me to create a new bookshelf one for unfinished books I ve been hearing a lot about this book It s reaping praise, doing well on bookseller lists, and even won the 2009 Man Booker Prize When I was at the library the other day, I saw this at the Book Stop and stood there for several minutes leafing through it, debating whether to get it That should have been a red flag I ll know next time that if it takes me that long to decide whether to get a book, that it s a sign NOT to [...]


  • Like many others, I thought this book was utterly brilliant The pleasure of reading it was palpable, a tingling in my fingers That kind of pleasure put me in mind of another book that provoked it, Yehoshua s A Journey to the End of the Millenium, but I thought to myself, those books are nothing like each other Then I realized that in terms of subject matter, they are not so dissimilar after all Both revolve largely around the search for clarification of religious marriage law, in the service of [...]


  • My eighth Booker award winner picked up in a row much before it was even longlisted It became scary at one moment The journalists were calling me to give them the name of the winner After this one until its sequel I luckily broke that spell and made wrong predictions I can relax now before next run for Booker This is high class historical novel very well researched and equally well written MUST READ Prvi deo objavila je Mladinska knjiga, drugi deo arobna knjiga


  • It s the living that turn and chase the dead The long bones and skulls are tumbled from their shrouds, and words like stones thrust into their rattling mouths we edit their writings, we rewrite their lives I remember at school how it is was impossible to like both Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell To admire one you had to take exception to the other, just as one does when assessing any war Certainly there was a strong case for Thomas More being an admirable man of principle and Cromwell a bit of a [...]


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