Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction and Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel and post Colonial Asian Fiction, Yiddish Literature, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality historical novels are some of my Literary Interests

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009, 604 pages, 1448 KB)

I must be one of the last people to get around to reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (UK, 1953).   It won the 2009 Man Booker Prize, among other awards.   The sequel to this novel, Brings up the Bodies (a third work in the sequence is expected) won the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

Wolf Hall is fictionalized biography of an important figure in the court of King Henry VIII of England, Thomas Cromwell.   There are lots of  book blog posts on this novel and over 700 Amazon reviews so I will not add to this  volume very much.  Much of the plot action of the book centers around the king's wish for a divorce.   It follows carefully the facts of Cromwell's life and lets us see how the court and the clerics worked and interacted.   It is set in the 1520s.

This is universally regarded as first rate historical fiction and I will just say I agree with the consensus.  I hope to read Brings Up the Bodies in 2013.


Anonymous said...

Mel, I am well behind you. I have planned to read it sometime soon.

Mystica said...

I read it and was one of the few not enamoured by it. I found Bring Up the Bodies an easier read.