Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reading Hilary Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies"

A public service announcement: Amazon's offering Hilary Mantel's latest book, Bring up the Bodies, that just won the Booker, for really cheap (Kindle edition). Go buy.

I'm reading it right now, and it's awesome. I loved Wolf Hall, but it was more than a little difficult to read. Bring up the Bodies is easier, and more fun (from what I remember), with lots of scandal.

Even though she writes about one of the most written-about periods of history, even though I knew the main points of the story before I read it (or maybe because I knew it -- I'd been fascinated and repulsed by Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn since I first read about them as a teenager -- in Good Housekeeping or some such magazine of my mom).

Anyway, this isn't a review -- I don't have the words. This is non-fiction, but as hard to put down as any good thriller or romance I remember reading. It's long too, and will keep you occupied for some time.

And if you haven't read Wolf Hall yet, that's pretty cheap right now too. Buy both before the prices go up again!

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