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Book Forum A Reading of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 04:17 PM

Book: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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I have already flagged this discussion. We have four starters but another half a dozen or more would be excellent. To give people a chance to get the book and start reading I suggest we begin our discussion on 23 February. A little before that date I'll post an initial comment.

I look forward to the intellectual stimulation.
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:02 PM

If you are a political animal- Why else would you be here?- you will be fascinated . This is a brilliant study of power, hubris, honour ,love and betrayal. Come on in ?
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:16 PM

Hey Marat, I will feature this thread at the top of the forum to drive some interest here :)
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Posted 31 January 2011 - 04:18 PM

Thanks JJ! It is a great book!
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 05:39 AM

It's now featured at the top of the forum index :)
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Posted 01 February 2011 - 06:28 AM

Great. Come on colleagues! Start reading and thinking!
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 08:34 AM

We still need a few more contributors for our reading of Wolf Hall. It should be in most libraries now so you don't even have to buy a copy. Come on!
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:48 PM

I read it last year - probably the best book I've devoured in ages, and it helps too if you've got an interest in Tudor History.
Marat: happy to participate on February 23. :emot-dance:
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 10:48 PM

Might help to write up a brief summary & sell the book a little Marat (or Evan, seeing as you've also read it). Hopefully we can get a couple more on board!
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:19 AM

I'll do a summary in the next couple of days. I have also invited some of my mates from the old NY Times forum.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 09:19 AM

We have three Americans from San Francisco who are going to join the discussion. Let's aim to start on 23/2. Either Evan or I will post an initial comment before then.
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Posted 14 February 2011 - 05:07 PM

Yeah a summary of the book and initial thoughts of those who've read it would help me. It's not that I don't like to read (I read a lot since I use public transport), but these days I prefer to spend my time reading good books; or at least books that have some recommendations with them.

I look forward to the summary Marat given the excitement expressed by a couple of replies to this thread.
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Posted 18 February 2011 - 08:00 AM

A short summary of the book to start off the discussion:
WOLF HALL is about ambition, how one man rises from humble origins and climbs the ladder to become Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor & the principle architect of the political & religious revolution that changed England forever.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:24 AM

Ok... I finally got the book in the mail. I didn't know it was a booker prize winning book. I haven't read a booker book that I didn't appreciate... although I struggled with the religious content in Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi'.

I've barely started Wolf Hall... just through the first pages which describe Cromwell's father as violently abusive. Not impressed with the leap from teen to lawyer... but will asume for now that his youth will be revisited later in the book.

I'll get back to this thread after I'm a quarter ways through.

PS: Marat, where is your brief intro you promised?
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:13 AM

Epicurus: Sorry. I have been flat out organising first semester. Coming soon!
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 07:29 AM

View PostMarat, on 09 February 2011 - 07:19 AM, said:

I'll do a summary in the next couple of days. I have also invited some of my mates from the old NY Times forum.



I've sent a link to three excellent readers I know who expressed some interest in joining this discussion.
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Posted 17 March 2011 - 09:34 AM

The most remarkable thing about Wolf Hall is how thoroughly one becomes engrossed in a story to which we all know the ending. Personally, I enjoyed the characterization of More, not the hero given us by Robert Bolt.
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