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Wolf Hall [Format Kindle]

Hilary Mantel
3.6 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (10 commentaires client)

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009.

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'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.'

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.

Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1380 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 672 pages
  • Editeur : Fourth Estate (30 avril 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002RI9ZZ4
  • Synthèse vocale : Non activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.6 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (10 commentaires client)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Man is a wolf for man 29 juin 2010
Par D. Legare TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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This IS a surprising historical novel ! It's about Thomas Cromwell's rise between the 1520s and the 1530s. Thomas Cromwell was born to a working-class family and is first noticed by the all powerful Cardinal Wolsey. After becoming his right-hand, he becomes in turn a very prominent figure at Henry VIII's court. He will lead and carry out the break with Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries and the return of their possessions to the Crown's treasury. He will also make sure that this monarch's dearest desire is made possible so that he gets married with Anne Boleyn.

What I liked about the book is the contradictory portrait offered by Hilary Mantel. For me Thomas Cromwell was a mean, calculating, shrewd politician but Mantel makes him look genuinely caring, almost benevolent at times, especially to his household and the people who are dear to him. Even though he is a shrewd politician, he's not devoid of gratitude as he sees to the comfort of Cardinal Wolsey when he's exiled from the court and almost destitute after his riches have been confiscated. The style of the book is also quite surprising. The plot is set in short - or not so short scenes as if they were seen through a camera lens. It really has a cinematographic quality. Sometimes the reader can only guess if Cromwell is present or not in those scenes, because it's difficult to spot who the narrator is or what the point of view is.

To my mind, this is what makes this historical novel very modern and quite enjoyable to read although at time it can be somewhat lengthy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautifully written 19 février 2013
Par D. Will
Format:Format Kindle
I hate the use of the present tense though. And throughout it is often confusing whether - when using the much used "he" - whether it is Cromwell or another character being referred to.

But still a great book.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Strong plot, poor execution 6 février 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A good book ruined by over pretentious literary devices. He, he, he, varies from person to person, flashbacks add nothing except confusion, ends up being an irritant stylistically.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Patience 26 janvier 2013
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
If you don't have a good background in Tudor history this book is confusing. I was often lost between the whos who in relation to who but once I got that down I enjoyed Wolf Hall so much that I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series-Bringing Up the Bodies
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 plongez 17 juin 2010
Format:Broché
genial, drole, impertinent, even if not easy to get into specially for a french reader
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