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  •  Hillary Mantel plus The Hobbit (6+ / 0-)

    A year of a reading project plus one return to a classic and back.

    Hilary Mantel. Wolf Hall.*

    Booker prize winner
    Read it, inhaled ii, as it is written for all the senses, especially smell. enthralled. transported.

    Put it to test. So I  read up on period, include popular history of the wives by Antonia Fraser. reread it. read the reviews. nothing dented or diminished original impression.

    Read her earlier works. Her first.
    A Place of Greater Safety (1992). about French Revolutionaries/Jacobins/Terror. As in Wolf Hall, we knew how it would end. badly for all concerned.  research seemed to overwhelm plotting. but for a first, up to challenge.

    A Change of Climate (1994). Again, writing about good ppl making bad choices that could only lead to bad things happening to other good people.  Found it trying. A bit too Ruth Rendellian.

    Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (1988). Give away from the first page. Rather read Ruth Rendell if want to see rational people overtaken by evil, reason and understanding their situation not withstanding.

    Bring up the bodies. 2012. Cromwell trilogy II. Ready to be disappointed. First pass, not up to the first. Second, recognized the more subtle Cromwell, as power brings its corruption, and concentrated, plotting as Anne Boleyn goes from queen to dead in two weeks. More visual, spatial. fewer words, each one made to do more.

    The Hobbit. reread after many years. this review says it all for me. nyer why The H beast LOTR

    *FYI. William [not Oliver]  Cromwell, Secretary to Henry VIII vol 1/of III. Cromwell mostly thought of as H's legal strong man, the enabler of the Reformation and the seizure of the monastic lands.  Also advisor during four of the changes of wife, the fourth bringing his career to a quick end in the usual Henry way of execution.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 08:28:48 AM PST

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