Wolf Hall

Excellent, excellent historical novel by Hilary Mantel.  Deservedly won Britain’s Booker Prize.  Probably not for everyone because it’s densely written and assumes at least some knowledge of Henry VIII and his deeply consequential jones for Anne Boleyn.  But the prose is beautiful and takes you right into the mind of lead character Thomas Cromwell.  And the other characters, the King, Anne, and most especially Thomas More, are just superbly drawn.  A wonderful evocation of the anti-Tolstoyan thesis:  that is, that history is made by the passions, decisions, will and intelligence of individuals, not by faceless forces that sweep those individuals along.  Terrific stuff.

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