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Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
anyone on here actually going to read it?
about 9 years after everyone else has though.
not my sort of topic to be honest.
it's a very 'serious' read - it's very intensive, she has a distinctive way of writing. she uses the pronoun 'he' all the time, so it's third person, yet you are very close to the character. i really enjoyed it, but thought it lost its way towards the end in that you invest a lot in the character and then realise he is simply a 'facilitator' of events. but i guess it's just her angle on the character, and it's true to how history works. errr.
it's the first time i've guessed the winner. HA. though it was kind of a given.
I'm finding it pretty hard work (my Tudor history isn't great) but persevering with it.Weirdly it reminds me a bit of The Damned United.
The only one of the shortlist I didn't read is the AS Byatt. Wolf Hall is in a totally different league to the others listed. It's an immense piece of work.
It also gains points for referring to a Welsh character as "leek eating cunt" in the first few pages...
which was good though bloody depressing. I'll hav to try this one sometime, the only shortlisted book I read this year was the Sarah Waters (because she's one of my favourite authors).
but sometimes i think she's incredible, but there's a bit of bbc 1 victoria wood comedy lite running through her writing (even in wolf hall, but especially in beyond black).
Then I Googled and discovered that it wasn't an unnamed book by Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall, but instead it was "Wolf Hall" by Hillary Mantel.
You are now on the list, Soapy. Especially because of this:
No. Fictionalising real people is the kind of shit up with which I will not put.
In comics it's okay.
This is the guy who writes those ancient Rome thrillers - funny, as that's exactly who I was thinking of when I wrote that post.
As is Pompeii. The others aren't quite so good.
if im remembering it right, the one about stalin?
I don't really think much of that. It's a bit too 'obvious' for me, though it has its moments.
Fatherland's the one set in an alternative 1963 where Hitler won the war.
Archangel or Enigma, mind
heard Pompeii's good
and may as well wait for the paperback. Looking forward to reading it at some point though.
If anyone's thinking of reading other books by her, as well as Beyond Black, Fludd is very good. Apart from anything else, it has some of the best similes I've ever come across.
...is that a good thing now?
They're like a garnish, adding a flavoursome counterpoint to a tasty dish.
(Her similes are much better than mine, by the way.)
fewer people read it
The winner might be Romanian living in Germany, the other way around or just plain German the anchor on News24 didn't sound very sure.
But the good news is that Literature is one of the seeded prizes so the winner stands a good chance of getting through the play-offs to become Overall Noble Laureate of the Year
I don't know if I could read the next one any time soon.
Finally I am reading the book. So I thought I'd resurrect this one.