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Old 06-20-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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That's weird, I loved Wolf Hall so much, and I'm now reading the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. But I love historical fiction that is meticulously researched, and I've been fascinated for some time with the people who surrounded the Tudors, but weren't Tudors. So many people were just painted as "pawns" or two-dimensional players in the history books, but I've always been interested in the smaller players in history and who they were as people. The author's style is to write from the point of view of Cromwell, with his own trains of thought, interpretations, thought-tangents, and personal, unspoken opinions. I also tend to love books written like that, where more happens in the narrator's head than in the actual story. But if you aren't into those things, I can see how you would not enjoy the books.

But at least I can say that I didn't choose these books based on any review or award they received, but on my own interests.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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That's weird, I loved Wolf Hall so much, and I'm now reading the sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. But I love historical fiction that is meticulously researched, and I've been fascinated for some time with the people who surrounded the Tudors, but weren't Tudors. So many people were just painted as "pawns" or two-dimensional players in the history books, but I've always been interested in the smaller players in history and who they were as people. The author's style is to write from the point of view of Cromwell, with his own trains of thought, interpretations, thought-tangents, and personal, unspoken opinions. I also tend to love books written like that, where more happens in the narrator's head than in the actual story. But if you aren't into those things, I can see how you would not enjoy the books.
I mostly wasn't impressed with Wolf Hall because of the author's bizarre insistence that the narrative never uses Thomas' name. It had nothing to do with accuracy or the depth and dimension of the characters or spending more time in the protagonist's head than on dialogue, all of which I appreciate too.
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