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Wolf Hall (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Mai 2009

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"A stunning book. It breaks free of what the novel has become nowadays. I can't think of anything since Middlemarch which so convincingly builds a world." Diana Athill "A fascinating read, so good I rationed myself. It is remarkable and very learned; the texture is marvellously rich, the feel of Tudor London and the growing household of a man on the rise marvellously authentic. Characters real and imagined spring to life, from the childish and petulant King to Thomas Wolsey's jester, and it captures the extrovert, confident, violent mood of the age wonderfully." C.J. Sansom "A magnificent achievement: the scale of its vision and the fine stitching of its detail; the teeming canvas of characters; the style with its clipped but powerful immediacy; the wit, the poetry and the nuance." Sarah Dunant "A superb novel, beautifully constructed, and an absolutely compelling read. Mantel has created a novel of Tudor times which persuades us that we are there, at that moment, hungry to know what happens next. It is the making of our English world, and who can fail to be stirred by it?" Helen Dunmore

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A magisterial new novel that takes us behind the scenes during one of the most formative periods in English history: the reign of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall is told mainly through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, a self-made man who rose from a blacksmith's son in Putney to be the most powerful man in England after the king. The cast also includes Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Henry's other wives - and, of course, King Henry himself. It was a time when a half-made society was making itself with great passion and suffering and courage; a time when those involved in the art of the possible were servants to masters only interested in glorious gestures; a time when the very idea of social progress, and of a better world, was fresh, alien and threatening. It was a time of men who weren't like us, but who were creating us

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I have just finished this book and am suffering from withdrawal symptoms! It is quite simply a masterpiece, one of those rare historical novels that not only instructs but also inspires and entertains with intelligence, sympathy and humour. Hilary Mantel has not only succeeded in bringing to life and making relevant in a contemporary context, someone who lived nearly 500 years ago but also humanising one of Britain's most controversial historical personalities. Growing up a Catholic, I always regarded Thomas Cromwell as an evil reformer who was instrumental in the execution of the innocent, principled Thomas More. However, reading this book, I defy anyone not to fall under his spell. Every sentence is supremely crafted, there is nothing to jar a superlative reading experience. Many reviewers critise the length of the novel, however, for me, this is only positive - I just didn't want it to end and cannot wait for its sequel, despite my knowing what will come next (poor, poor Thomas, Henry VIII really was a fiend). I would not only highly recommend the book to fans of this historical period, but also to anyone with no interest or prior knowledge of it, I really cannot see how anyone would be sorry they picked it up. I can now add Hilary Mantel to my list of inspiring authors, I was not familiar with her previous work and am keen to get to know her writing better.
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The 500 anniversary of Henry VIII's birth has triggered a real flood of books on the Tudors and the whole period. This period of English history had always been my favourite. So I just love it.

However Thomas Cromwell, Henry's chief ministers and the architect of Reform, had always been a bit elusive. So I am very happy that Hilary Mantel has made him the subject of her monumental novel.

Hilary Mantel has immersed herself into the period and indeed managed to re-created this very time when society changed so much. It is convincing and engaging, but not in an easy manner. She does not tell the story in a very simplistic way. Instead she chooses to show the different layers and the complications and I feel thereby gets very close to the challenges of the time. That does not make necessarily an easy reading, but a rewarding one as one gains a better understanding of the time. Cromwell and his personality became for the first time alive for me. Historic novels are a great tool to show a period or personality as the author sees him or her without being too closely tied to historic evidence. I believe Hilary Mantel has done that to perfection. She has given us her take on Cromwell and the Tudor period.

Wolf Hall, the seat of the Seymours, is for me a symbol for the future, the protestant future as here Queen Jane, mother of the first protestant King Edward VI, lived. And btw Cromwell's son and heir Gregory married Elisabeth Seymour, sister to Queen Jane and the Lord Protector The Duke of Somerset.

All in all, this is an enjoyable but long read (more than 650 pages).
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"The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, 'Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.'" -- Daniel 5:7 (NKJV)

Despite the elaborate praise that has accompanied Wolf Hall, I found it hard to get excited about the prospect of reading once again about Henry the Eighth. Within a few pages, I was totally disarmed by Hilary Mantel's unique story-telling style. She moves away from what historians focus on (the big events and the most powerful people) to emphasize character as portrayed in the little events. As a result, Henry the Eighth is at the edge of this book, rather than in the center.

Wolf Hall is primarily the story of Thomas Cromwell and his pursuit of helpful solutions for all those he comes into contact with, provided in the context of utter loyalty . . . first to Cardinal Wolsey and later to Henry the Eighth, Anne Boleyn, and those who depend on Cromwell.

The book is so wonderfully subtle that I found myself rereading many sections, smiling at the various ways that story threads are developed (usually in several ways, overtly and subtly, at the same time). As a result, the story is fresh, new, and very interesting both for content and style.

After reading about half the book, I had an epiphany . . . This book was also designed to be improved by being read aloud, as are all of the best novels. I managed to find a copy of Simon Slater's reading of the unabridged version and was wonderfully rewarded by listening to what I had just read. It was four times better as a recording than in my silent reading.

I recommend you forget reading the book and just listen to it instead. You'll be amazed.
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Romane über Heinrich VIII. und seine Zeit gibt es wie Sand am Meer, doch dieses Buch war für mich das erste, in dem Thomas Cromwell im Mittelpunkt stand. Geboren als Sohn eines Schmieds, der ihn misshandelte, ging er schon früh ins Ausland, bereiste insbesondere Flandern und Italien und wurde ein erfolgreicher Kaufmann. Nach seiner Rückkehr nach England begann sein politischer Aufstieg, der ihn schließlich in verschiedene Ämter am Hof Heinrichs führte. Der Handwerkerssohn aus einfachen Verhältnissen ist ein versierter Strippenzieher hinter den Kulissen und versteht es, sich geschickt aus diversen Quellen Informationen zu beschaffen. Als Heinrich sich von seiner ersten Frau scheiden lassen will, um Anne Boleyn zu ehelichen, und dies zur Zerreißprobe für sein Königreich wird, ist Cromwell einer seiner wichtigsten Berater ...

Die Handlung dieses von Personen und Ereignissen geradezu überquellenden Romans lässt sich kaum in wenigen Worten zusammenfassen. Wir lernen Cromwell als gequälten kleinen Jungen kennen und treffen ihn danach erst wieder, als er, erwachsen und reich an Auslandserfahrung, wieder in die Heimat zurückkehrt, eine Familie gründet und allmählich Gefallen an der Politik findet. Es sind bewegte Zeiten, nicht nur aufgrund der Geschehnisse am Hof und der internationalen Verwicklungen, sondern auch wegen immer wieder auftretender Seuchen und des aufkommenden Protestantismus, der noch als Ketzerei gilt und erbarmungslos verfolgt wird.

In einer Fülle kleiner, sehr eindringlich geschilderter Szenen und Dialoge wird das London um 1530 mit seinen Sinneseindrücken, Ereignissen und Personen eindringlich zum Leben erweckt.
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