Announcing a new Meetup for Book Lovers Club @ Flyleaf Books!What
: February Discussion: Wolf Hall by Hilary MantelWhen
: Wednesday, February 23,[masked]:00 PMWhere
: Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
is the clear winner of our vote here, and from rave reviews and its Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award status it looks to be promising pick. See you at Flyleaf!
James Naughtie, the chairman of the Booker prize judges, said the decision to give Wolf Hall the award was "... based on the sheer bigness of the book. The boldness of its narrative, its scene setting ... The extraordinary way that Hilary Mantel has created what one of the judges has said was a contemporary novel, a modern novel, which happens to be set in the 16th century."
No character in the canon has been writ larger than Henry VIII, but that didn't stop Hilary Mantel. She strides through centuries, past acres of novels, histories, biographies, and plays--even past Henry himself--confident in the knowledge that to recast history's most mercurial sovereign, it's not the King she needs to see, but one of the King's most mysterious agents. Enter Thomas Cromwell, a self-made man and remarkable polymath who ascends to the King's right hand. Rigorously pragmatic and forward-thinking, Cromwell has little interest in what motivates his Majesty, and although he makes way for Henry's marriage to the infamous Anne Boleyn, it's the future of a free England that he honors above all else and hopes to secure. Mantel plots with a sleight of hand, making full use of her masterful grasp on the facts without weighing down her prose. The opening cast of characters and family trees may give initial pause to some readers, but persevere: the witty, whip-smart lines volleying the action forward may convince you a short stay in the Tower of London might not be so bad... provided you could bring a copy of Wolf Hall along.
RSVP to this Meetup:http://www.meetup.com/flyleafbooklovers/calendar/15608448/