Sunday, September 2, 2012

Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies (Review #2)

Bring Up the Bodies (Wolf Hall, #2)Rating 4.5
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel is the second novel in a trilogy about King Henry the VIII and Thomas Cromwell.  Mantel starts Bring Up the Bodies without missing a beat after the ending of Wolf Hall.  From the opening pages, we find the wonderful compassionate side of Thomas Cromwell as well as the tale tell signs of King Henry's disillusionment with Anne Boleyn and their marriage.  Most of us know before we start how this book is going to end.  The fact that we know how the book will end and we still read it as an exciting page turner is why this book has been nominated for the Man Booker long list.