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

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I made it 1.5 episodes into the Tudors and had to stop, it made me miss Wolf Hall too much

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:43 (three years ago) link

it takes a somewhat different approach it is true

mark s, Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:48 (three years ago) link

i like jonathan rhys myers tho

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 September 2016 19:55 (three years ago) link

There's a good Elizabeth I with Vanessa Redgrave that I watched a couple of years back.
I think it had a related Henry VIII series at the time it came out but I haven't seen that.
But it's 30 or 40 years old.

Stevolende, Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:00 (three years ago) link

I found Rossellini's french tv movie The Taking Of Power by Louis XIV very good stuff, no real stand out performances but brilliantly staged. it might be useful to those that liked WH.

calzino, Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:02 (three years ago) link

the henry viii series was "the six wives of henry viii" with keith michell as henry (and tons of v famous brit tv actors) -- big deal at the time (we watched it as a family) but probably looks a bit creaky now

(michell died last year aged 89, which made me sad even tho i don't think i ever thought abt him or saw him in any other context)

mark s, Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:06 (three years ago) link

Is the rest of her stuff as good as the 2 Cromwell books?

A Slice of Greater Pastry doesn't quite spark off the page like WH but is just as dramatic and convincing.

dancing jarman by derek (ledge), Saturday, 10 September 2016 20:47 (three years ago) link

special foodie version yeah?

Stevolende, Saturday, 10 September 2016 22:44 (three years ago) link

omg the tudors is taking its time removing more's head

mark s, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 18:51 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...


Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:06 (two years ago) link

the mirror and the light vs winds of winter betting pool?

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 20 July 2017 05:37 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

give me the mirror and the light and give it me now

mark s, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:10 (eight months ago) link

reread this thread and realised when i said i skim-read the first two to destress while prepping for my conference BOY was i skim-reading -- just like huge amounts only grapsed at second reading, of story as well as approach

someone above (goole?) sez "ppl are over-estimating how good crom is in the books" and i think this is right -- you are enormously artfully drawn into his version of the story, his justifications, his perspective, his innovations and reworkings of the kingdom into somewhere everyone (inc.the poor!) cd be peaceful and prosperous in… but the ruthlessness of what he's doing is right there in front of you, inc. (in particular) all the beheaded, and the v long game leading to the beheadings. basically anne b is framed so he can revenge himself on mark smeaton for saying he looks like a murderer! i mean yes, almost all the beheaded are terrible ppl -- and almost all his transformations of the structure were good not bad. in the sense that capitalism is arguably better for more ppl than feudalism, and the cromwell-2-cromwell management of the Arrival of the Book was in fact less bloody and awful (a bit less) than the 30 yrs war.

anyway the moral is that cromwell is capitalism and he is able (in two books deliberately fashioned to lens us into his perspective) to give an excellent account of himself for this and other reasons, but all around is shadows and grim horror all the same. he loathes lots of it but he also creates lots of it.

and the conclusion is that these books are THE BEST and the tv show is also but in a different (much more melancholic) way

mark s, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:50 (eight months ago) link

my mum, a reader but not heavily literary, finished this and then immediately read it from cover to cover again (this before Bring Up the Bodies). not sure what that means but i know she would concur, mark! (she also made the point to me about Cromwell not being good as such, but how effectively you are drawn into his world). I still haven’t read Bring up the Bodies or i think properly finished Wolf Hall.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:55 (eight months ago) link

i wd definitely say you haven't properly finished it until you've reread it at least once, there's a LOT of anticipation and callback going on

(caveat: i am generally still a very skippy reader first time out, and certainly was here but i had other things on my mind)

mark s, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:59 (eight months ago) link

Heh, I also reread both very recently, and mark s otm both about the books being THE BEST and Cromwell really not, but very seductive as thoughtful hero. (The grammatical third-person voice which is truly first-person in its view is a shrewd device here I suppose.) Would be interested in seeing the tv eventually, but now probably not before reading the final part.

After I read both for the first time, I naturally went for the French Revolution one; I think it may be the only book where I had the dual experience of a) the reading being a bit of a slog, with me constantly looking at the % remaining on my Kindle, and then b) IMMEDIATELY upon finishing, wanting to start from the top.

Just now read The Giant, O'Brien, which just confirmed that damn she can write. I got maybe some Flann O'Brien vibes; I might perhaps suspect the poor-man-Irishry of being slightly iffy in certain weathers, but I don't really have a quite fine enough English-language palate in my reading ear to say anything useful about that.

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:31 (eight months ago) link

I know the prose in Wolf Hall was quite delicious. But still haven't got around to reading any of the other books by her taht i picked up. Did enjoy the TV series, is there more coming.
Also enjoyed Mark Rylance in his theatre performance in that thing about ice fishing.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:33 (eight months ago) link

thought this revive was a release date announcement for cromwell #3, y'all are cruel

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:35 (eight months ago) link

the revive was to demand such an announcement, we'all are pro-active

mark s, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:37 (eight months ago) link

i get it, we're all on team more mantel

voodoo chili, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:39 (eight months ago) link

‘A place of greater safety’ is well worth the effort. You can, however, definitely see the lessons Mantel has learnt from that in wolf hall. There protagonists and such a big sweep of time makes for a sweeping epic that gets a bit ramble in places trying to fit everything in. Not a bad book by any means but Wolf Hall’s focus on one man and his internal life within the historical context makes makes for a much better one.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:39 (eight months ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:53 (eight months ago) link

Yeah I would never not recommend it; it seems a very, very good imagination of the period and its situations --

Also, a single scene, where after a court session, the young Robespierre vomits at the side of the road at having to pass his first death sentence, will stay with me a bit.

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:56 (eight months ago) link

I found it very moving

just in terms of the sheer work itself, it’s a pretty incredible undertaking

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 22:02 (eight months ago) link

on the one hand symmetry would require me to wait for the third one to come out in paperback, even, but on the other hand I don't think my copies of the first two match all that much even, so whatever

moose; squirrel (silby), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 22:11 (eight months ago) link

the bbc production of this was not too bad for them

calzino, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 22:28 (eight months ago) link

guess I should read this

akm, Thursday, 7 March 2019 06:06 (eight months ago) link

It’s probably a con but like any good con artist she makes you feel so good about buying into the con

moose; squirrel (silby), Thursday, 7 March 2019 06:16 (eight months ago) link

actually that gif has good reason to be posted for more than the very good purposes of razzing calz :D

the scene in the series -- anne is dead, crom arrives to see the king who is gleeful and opens his arms in a delighted hug of triumph -- isn't in the book: in the book, instead, we see henry serene as he prepares to marry jane, and gloomy as he tell crom he, he henry, may now be too old to have a strong boychild, per something he read in plato (odd source for such wisdom tho i guess in this instance plato will prove correct)

it's a capper on the viewpoint of the series, of course: who is bad here? henry is bad. and this delivery of his desire -- even as it also enacts revenge on a bunch of v awful ppl who crossed crom and mocked cranmer, plus anne who he feels more ambivalent about -- of course puts crom right in the cheery bearhug of the king's badness.

one of the devices at work is bodysize: damien lewis is tall and broad, even if his character is changeable and basically whiny -- here's when he's happy he's also terrifying and horrible. unlike the historical cromwell (per holbein) and the book cromwell (per mantel), mark rylance is no physical bulk to be reckoned with.* rylance plays cromwell wary, watchful, memory-full, when alone melancholy. i think if he dominated more physically and on-screen, we'd likely take against him more. but as i say, the tv show wants the king as villain

the book is more this: while full of lovely things including (sometimes) love, the world is bad and to make it better, we too much if we can also do bad things. the king is less a villain, more a force of nature channelled by duty and fear and possibly medical conditions**, with almost random breakouts into friendship or joy. (he is certain written as kind)

*in the book version of the joust scene and henry seemingly dead, when norfolk comes at cromwell, cromwell simply stand firm and lets the other bounce off him
**reading round to discover what these were i wz delighted to discover there is a school of historian thought that argues he was suffering from SCURVY

mark s, Thursday, 7 March 2019 10:53 (eight months ago) link

In the books: Just as the hero is no hero, no villain is a true villain I think; what seems clearly and consistently bad (in Crom's eyes as harbinger of modernity?) is the blithe institutional acceptance, as necessities, of torture and executions, separate and especially in combination: Cromwell's attendance of a witch burning as a child; "It is true there is a rack at the Tower. No one withstands it. No one."; "the law demands the full traitor's penalty, the short spin in the wind and the conscious public disembowelling, a brazier alight for human entrails. It is the most horrible of all deaths, pain and rage and humiliation swallowed to the dregs, the fear so great that the strongest rebel is unmanned before the executioner with his knife can do the job".

All this while the prose is exquisite.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:52 (eight months ago) link

all these references to crom are making me want a wolf hall / conan the barbarian crossover

invited to an unexpected ninja presentation (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 7 March 2019 13:57 (eight months ago) link

dude it already exists:

mark s, Thursday, 7 March 2019 15:45 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

ok so i started a place of greater safety last week and it's soooo good. i understand what people are saying upthread about the cromwell series' restriction of perspective helps focus the narrative a bit, but she's just such an engaging writer and so good at drawing all these characters that i'm enjoying the sprawl. even though that sprawl does make me less likely to sit down and read 100 pages at a time.

to halve and half not (voodoo chili), Monday, 15 April 2019 15:02 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

HarperCollins said the novel would offer “a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage”. It also confirmed that the novel would be adapted for television by the BBC, following the Bafta-winning adaptation of Wolf Hall starring Mark Rylance as Cromwell. Peter Straughan will write the adaptation, and Peter Kosminsky will direct. A film exploring the life and work of Mantel herself, from Oxford Films, is also due out next March.

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 12:27 (five months ago) link

hell yeah

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 16:54 (five months ago) link


Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 19:34 (five months ago) link

Fantastic news, I’ve just been rereading the first 2.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:29 (five months ago) link

such good news

estela, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 20:58 (five months ago) link

eat your heart out George RR Martin

don't mock my smock or i'll clean your clock (silby), Wednesday, 22 May 2019 21:00 (five months ago) link

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