Friday, July 6, 2012

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel
Let me say it again for the record: I love Toni Morrison. I think that her novels are some of the greatest books ever written. Her characters and storylines are completely fascinating and unforgettable. I am always curious to know what somebody like Toni Morrison reads. I can not image her enjoying an Eric Jerome Dickey book or even a Terry McMillian book. I would image that she reads books that are extremely thought provoking, well written, and full of information. Because her books are full of historical content and great details about humans and human behavior, I would image that most of the books that she read would be history or anthropology related. 

Toni is the reason that I read Wolf Hall. This is what she had to say about it in an interview with USA Today: "was so good, I had to go buy the book book, or whatever it's called now. When I like a book, I want to add my notes. Exclamation points! And questions marks! I want to corrupt it with my responses."

So, after reading this comment, I instantly downloaded Wolf Hall and has been held hostage by it for over a month. This book is mostly about Henry VIII and his strong desire to find a way out of his marriage to Katherine in order to marry Anne Boleyn. This novels has lots of characters and storylines and can be quite confusing. It took me sooooo long to read it, because it is not one of those books that I could read when I had a spare moment; I had to read it when I was fully engaged or the different storylines and many characters would have me completely confused. 

This is a book that I would totally expect Toni Morrison to enjoy, because it requires some of the highest levels of thinking in order to comprehend it. There were many times when I wanted to say f#ck it, but I kept on reading; there was no way that I was going to punk out on a book that is loved by Toni Morrison. (I had to prove that I can read books that are on her level!)

Hilary Mantel is an English writer who has received many accolades for this novel Wolf Hall, and I would only recommend it too someone who has something to prove like me or someone who is completely fascinated with King Henry VIII.

All I can say is "I's Free Now" and no longer held hostage by Wolf Hall!

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