Thoughts by Hilary Mantel, Macmillan Audio 2009, 24 hours 14 minutes
Narrated by Simon SlaterGenre: Historical Lit Type/Source: Audiobook, Audible Why I read this now: Reading this for both TOB and to satisfy my own curiosity. I want to be ready for the 3rd in the series which is due in March.
MOTIVATION for READING: Super Rooster Chase <– see post. This edition of the TOB is to be held sometime in 2020. The March 202o edition will be just another regular TOB, I think. The Long List for that is due next week! (I’ll update a link when I have it.) #SuperRoosterTOB
I really enjoyed listening to Wolf Hall and was wowed by the dialogue, the drama, the layers and depths to Cromwell’s persona.
Mantel was able to make him a sympathetic character! I like history, I do. I just don’t know as much as I think I should. Prior to this, I really didn’t have much knowledge other than the popular image of King Henry VIII and all his wives. I would say I thought Cromwell to be a shrewd, cruel man involved in some way with that period of English history. But this story does NOT portray him as particularly evil or mean, but rather quietly ambitious, loyal, fatherly, community-minded and very very thoughtful. I wasn’t sure what to do with this gentle, considerate and — oh sure, scheming — person.
Was he scheming or just very very good at being flexible and adept at taking advantage of the opportunities presented?
So, I liked Cromwell. I did. Sigh. After finishing this book, I googled what might happen next and…. huh. Well.
I’m not going to give a review of what happens in this book. It’s about Tom C and his rise to power, basically. And all THAT is very dependent on the relationship with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Anne is fascinating; very very fascinating… OH, the whole thing is just DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA. I love how Hilary imagined it might have gone down. And I was amazed at how subtle and slippery it was. In fact, truly, I missed the milestones in the day to day to day – wait. WHAT happened? What did I miss?!
OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!
I googled SO MANY names! so many histories so many s/he begat so-and-so.
I googled Rafe Sadler. I googled his son Gregory. I googled “Is Oliver Cromwell related to Thomas Cromwell?” Such history! I can see why some people get obsessed with all things Royal. It’s just fascinating for some reason. (I’ve googled descendants of our Founding Fathers, too, to see if any have popped up famous…) Family histories fascinate me, what can I say. You might wonder if I’m agog with the Kennedys but actually, I’m only mildly interested in them… The Vanderbilts tho? OH YEA.
I can’t wait to do the next in the series; will probably do the audiobook.
From a #SuperRooster perspective, this is not my favorite to win but I’m glad to finally read it and I’m psyched to be ready for the Champion TOB when it happens.
Your turn. Thoughts? Do share!
Ch 19 42:28 “Like he was a lid to a pie,”
Four slices of pie.
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My copy just arrived… This will be my first Ali Smith!