Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wolf Hall by Hilary MantelIt turns out that I spent exactly one year to finish reading Wolf Hall. As if one year was a deadline I needed to meet, when I was on my way to work yesterday, I sat on a bench at a near-by park, reading the final few pages, determined not to put down the book until the last sentence of the book was read.

Again, this Man Booker Prize winner shows us a memorable snapshot of an instance in time. It tells us an extraordinary story during a turning point in England's history, when the rise of Thomas Cromwell coincides with the separation of Henry VIII from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and of the Church of England from the Catholic Church. Since I have no burden of previous knowledge on that part of history, Cromwell described in the book seems smart and capable, almost a role model for anyone who is not a noble descendent.

Now, Wolf Hall officially enters into the archive of Man Booker Prize winners I have read. It might not be one of my favorites, but its use of many 'he' as a pronoun and many Thomas as first name definitely makes it unforgettable.
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