Hilary Mantel

Book Review: 2012 Shortlisted: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Review # 6)

Bring_Up_The_BodiesRating: 3.5
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

Just as Jackie has mentioned in her review from earlier today, I am going to be providing a very brief review as there is nothing further I should rehash concerning what Bring Up The Bodies is about. Therefore, I will focus on my thoughts regarding the book and the reason for giving it the rating I did.

There is no doubt that Hilary Mantel is a fantastic, extremely accomplished writer. There is also no doubt that her presence in the Man Booker Prize 2012 long and short lists is beyond worthy. For me, the accomplished, polished and splendid writing contained in this novel warrants this to take the prize and any other prize it is nominated for. Alas, the 2012 Man Booker Prize judges will more than likely, in my opinion, not award this with the final prize. I feel this way due to the nature of the five other titles in the short list, and which truly is summed up well in this article featured in The Guardian and posted on the BookerMarks Facebook page today.

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Book Review: 2012 Shortlisted: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Review # 5)

Rating: 4
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

Bring Up The Bodies is yet another book that is a part of our BookerMarks collaborative project and is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. We all know the story of Anne “off with her head” Boleyn and this will be the 5th review– there is really not much more I can add without being repetitive so this is going to be brief.

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Podcast #2: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies

Bring_Up_The_BodiesWe’re baaaaaack!  For episode number 2 we’ve chosen to discuss the only novel on the shortlist that we all fell in love with (well, all except Mike who we’re sure will, once he actually reads it), Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies.

In this episode, Mike admits that he’s still reading Wolf Hall, Karli reaffirms the royal belief that every sperm is sacred, Michelle wonders how much of the novel is fabrication vs. how much is fact, Aaron comes up with a better title for the book, Penny stacks Bodies up against The Other Boleyn Girl, and Elizabeth and Jackie share what makes the audiobook version a must listen.

Over next several weeks well continue podcasting about each of the titles that are short listed for the 2012 Man Booker award. Look for us to tackle Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists sometime next week.

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Book Review: 2012 Shortlisted: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Review # 4)

Rating: 5
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

Hilary Mantel’s brilliant sequel to her 2009 novel, Wolf Hall, has once again earned her a spot on the Man Booker Prize shortlist.  Bring Up the Bodies is a continuance of Thomas Cromwell’s story as it intersects with Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn.  As the novel opens, it is the fall of 1535 – Former Queen Katherine of Aragon is on her deathbed and current Queen, Anne Boleyn, is also inching dangerously close to death.  She has made many promises in her relentless efforts to become Queen, yet the most important promise – to produce a male heir to the throne – has yet to be fulfilled.  In the meantime, rumors have begun to circulate that perhaps Anne has not been faithful to her husband, and that, perhaps their daughter, Elizabeth, was fathered by another man.

Pretty soon, the swirling rumors reach the ears of the King, and although Henry is outraged at the prospect of his wife’s extramarital encounters, he also sees it as an opportunity to rid himself of Anne Boleyn, who has turned out to be more trouble than pleasure for Henry.  And of course, “Queens come and go,” so Henry enlists the help of Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell to remove Anne Boleyn of her position so that a new (and hopefully more fertile) Queen can take her place.  Luckily for Cromwell, “the affairs of the whole realm are whispered in his ear,” so the process of Anne’s removal is expedited.  In fact, it takes just about a month for Cromwell to compile a case against Anne, have her tried in court, and finally beheaded.  The crimes against the infamous Queen include treason, incest, and adultery, and her trial and subsequent death prove to be extremely consequential for the Tudors.  Many others are sent to their deaths because of what they may or may not have said and done with Anne Boleyn, and Henry’s Court is in disarray after living in the midst of potential conspirators and traitors.
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The Man Booker 2012 Shortlist

ManBookerWe’re inching ever closer towards the crowning of a winner! Today the 6 novels that make up the 2012 Man Booker short list were revealed and we’ve compiled each of their full descriptions for you below on one easy to read page. In the end only one book can win and that announcement will occur on October 16th.

Over the course of the next 36 days we’ll be reading and reviewing all of the titles on the shortlist as we work towards crowning a winner of our own. We’ll also be discussing each title via podcasts, so keep checking back on a weekly basis so you can stay up to date with everything that’s happening in BookerMarks land!
 
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Our Shortlist Predictions

Man BookerWe’re just one day away from the official 2012 Man Booker short list announcement and we’re finally ready to unveil our group picks for what we think are the most deserving titles in the bunch.

It should be noted that our process wasn’t super scientific and that not every blogger read every book.  In fact, most books have only 2-4 reviews.  What we did was assign a rating on a 1-5 scale (half numbers were fine) for each novel we read.  We then totaled the score for each novel and divided by the number of bloggers who read the book.  The six titles that scored the highest are our predicted short list.  We’ll be shaking up the scoring methodology in the next round, where all of our bloggers have committed to reading all of the short listed titles in order to better predict the overall winner.

Without further delay, here are the six books that as a group we feel should move on to the short list round:

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