itt WOLF HALL the book by hilary mantel and the upcoming hbo/bbc miniseries based on the same

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well maybe and the third one doesnt exist yet

haha when i finished 'bringing up the bodies' i immediately read the wikipedia summaries of any character i vaguely cared about

Lamp, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 05:17 (seven years ago) link

hah I have purposely not spolierized myself which is p lol for a historical novel

lag∞n, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 05:19 (seven years ago) link

ok i'm about 1/4 through this and i'm all in.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 24 August 2012 15:19 (six years ago) link

damn I really want to read this now

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 24 August 2012 15:40 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Remarkable profile. Unusually bold style for the New Yorker.

Get wolves (DL), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:03 (six years ago) link

and another booker prize

--bob marley (lag∞n), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 21:41 (six years ago) link

I'm actually reading APoGS with a book on the french revolution in the other hand, to clarify as i go.
― Jesu swept (ledge), Wednesday, June 6, 2012 4:10 PM (4 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

doing the same w/wolf hall & wikipedia

this book is brilliant

MVP ("most viking poster") 2012 (cozen), Sunday, 21 October 2012 13:29 (six years ago) link

paperback of sequel not due till april 2013 wtf /gettingaheadofmyself

MVP ("most viking poster") 2012 (cozen), Sunday, 21 October 2012 13:30 (six years ago) link

i've had this on my 'list:read/sublist:probably won't read' for a while but based on the enthusiasm here i'm gonna bump it up.

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 21 October 2012 15:39 (six years ago) link

is it historical fiction like the da vinci code or like the holocaust?

Roberto Spiralli, Sunday, 21 October 2012 15:39 (six years ago) link

its a prequel to the davinci code

--bob marley (lag∞n), Sunday, 21 October 2012 15:54 (six years ago) link

Oh FINE, I'll read this. (Also bumping to top of list based mostly on max's enthusiasm if I'm being completely honest.) Usually I don't like historical fiction because it always ends badly, because no one ever writes about all the nameless people of history who DIDN'T make terrible personal choices and therefore didn't make a bad end in a dark alley (or a tower courtyard). But OKAY, JEEZ.

purveyor of generations (in orbit), Sunday, 21 October 2012 15:57 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

can i read Bring Up The Bodies without reading Wolf Hall first?

nostormo, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:40 (six years ago) link

you prob could, it does a bunch of recapping, but really its just the 2nd part of the same book, it picks up right where wolf hall left off and everything, recommend starting at the beginning

lag∞n, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:43 (six years ago) link

but i understand that it's much better than Wold Hall and i don't have the patience to read 1000 pages now..

nostormo, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:47 (six years ago) link

lol who said that, crazy talk

lag∞n, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:48 (six years ago) link

i think maybe i liked wolf hall a lil better but really they are v v similar

lag∞n, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:49 (six years ago) link

reviews..
xpost

thanks for the tip anyway..

nostormo, Friday, 9 November 2012 16:50 (six years ago) link

from my vantage point of being halfway thru the first book after picking it up yesterday i would say that "better" is relative to the point of irrelevance. this is excellent.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 9 November 2012 17:12 (six years ago) link

James wood liked wolf hall better

lag∞n, Friday, 9 November 2012 17:58 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

im reading ' a place of greater safety ' now -- her french revolution one and

yall

it

is

so

good

max, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:20 (six years ago) link

i dont want to read history anymore i just want to read hilary mantels historical novels. i want hilary mantel on the 30 yrs war

max, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:22 (six years ago) link

hilary mantel on the unification of italy

max, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:22 (six years ago) link

hilary mantels lenin

max, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:23 (six years ago) link

Gotta read these books

Gukbe, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:23 (six years ago) link

If someone wants to convince me what makes them so great in two sentences I might be inspired.

Gukbe, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:24 (six years ago) link

i can't imagine that anyone who is interested at all by the premise would fail to enjoy the wolf hall books

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:33 (six years ago) link

Too many years reading academic history books has made this kind of thing hard to get into, but I love the period.

Gukbe, Thursday, 31 January 2013 01:35 (six years ago) link

its a better written version of a massive fantasy epic except the people are all real and the only magic is mastery of political intrigues

future crimes (Lamp), Thursday, 31 January 2013 08:21 (six years ago) link

Well done!

Gukbe, Thursday, 31 January 2013 13:54 (six years ago) link

lamp hardcore otm. i was hoping no one else had noticed. i have a developing idea for kind of ripping off the style of these books but applied to a different historical era and disguised in a more fantastical setting.

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:07 (six years ago) link

tom crom, space pirate

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:08 (six years ago) link

not really but that might actually be better

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:09 (six years ago) link

"better written" is of course u+k

ledge, Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:53 (six years ago) link

lamp super otm

Wolf Hall rly rly reminded me of Dorothy Dunnet's Niccolo series (which is just historical fiction, no dragons or w/e), like i knew WH was more ~literary~ and shit and the Niccolo books happen like a century earlier, but the scenes in my mind all had a really similar feel to them.

bantz a make her dance (c sharp major), Thursday, 31 January 2013 15:17 (six years ago) link

to which end i prefer A Place Of Greater Safety because Camille Desmoulins

bantz a make her dance (c sharp major), Thursday, 31 January 2013 15:18 (six years ago) link

so dreamy

bantz a make her dance (c sharp major), Thursday, 31 January 2013 15:18 (six years ago) link

um i mean because it feels more distinct, more its own book and its own world.

bantz a make her dance (c sharp major), Thursday, 31 January 2013 15:19 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n04/hilary-mantel/royal-bodies

i read this earlier this week and was really blown away, its maybe a little ott here and there but altogether a really wonderful essay/lecture whatever

anyway i was... interested to see this

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280780/Kate-Middleton-plastic-princess-designed-breed-Author-Hilary-Mantel-attacks-Duchess-Cambridge.html

this morning. linked to by matt drudge of all people

max, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:38 (six years ago) link

You'll want the daily mail thread

lance armstrong will have been delighted (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 February 2013 12:39 (six years ago) link

i'll say this here rather than on the daily mail thread but this is an amazing piece of writing

goole, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:53 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Man, I can't believe I waited so long to read these. I just started Bring up the Bodies. I'm trying to pinpoint exactly what makes them so amazing and I can't, really. I just never want to stop reading them.

franny glass, Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:02 (six years ago) link

are you from England?

nostormo, Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:07 (six years ago) link

Nope

franny glass, Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

I'm just early in Wolf Hall, but really enjoying it. Supposedly I will read the whole thing in time for a book club discussion next weekend, we'll see. I had missed the Mantel-Duchess contretemps linked above, but it's pretty funny -- not surprising that the tabloids and Cameron entirely missed the point of the lecture, or that in "defending" Kate they pretty much illustrated what she was saying. Hillary Mantel seems like an interesting person.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:10 (six years ago) link

cause i'm not, and i thought that was the main reason i didn't care.

nostormo, Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:11 (six years ago) link

I didn't know there was a thread for this! I love the shit out of these books.

Finally reading A Place of Greater Safety now and I love the shit out of it, too. Max OTM up thread about wanting her to write books about all areas of historical interest to me.

carl agatha, Saturday, 30 March 2013 17:53 (six years ago) link

Also, totally reading APoGS while constantly consulting Wikipedia. I didn't have to do that with WH/Bring up the Bodies thanks to 15 + years of obsessive reading about Tudor England, but I don't know jack about the French Revolution, aside from what I've learned from a few tepid History Channel documentaries. Completely agree with lagO_on that this is a great way to learn history.

And I did not know about Dorothy Dunnett, so Niccolo Rising is on my list now, too.

carl agatha, Saturday, 30 March 2013 18:01 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

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