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I really wanted to like this book but...,
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I have made a number of attempts to read this... because I love history, I love the tudors and I am fascinated by Thomas Cromwell. But each time I have given up because I find the plodding narrative style distracting and hard to keep up with who is who.
As has been commented on before Hilary Mantle's has a habit of repeated using "He" and "Him" when there are a number of people in the frame and she leaves it unclear who is speak and to whom, making this hard work when it should be enjoyable.
It is very well researched and that is what makes it even more fustrating for me
I really want to enjoy this but I can't
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2013 21:58:11 GMT
F. Pullen says:
Your review says everything I wanted to say about this book. I rarely give up on a book and I love reading about the Tudors (fiction and non-fiction) but after getting 200 pages in I had to stop. I found it very difficult to follow and reading it became a chore rather than a pleasure. It's shame because like you say it is well researched and I was enjoying the story itself but just couldn't put up with the writing style any more.
Posted on 31 Jan 2013 18:38:29 GMT
S. R. Barrow says:
I too was going to write a review of Wolf Hall having struggled through 400 pages before admitting defeat, but this review says it all. I was so looking forward to reading it! I'm just heartened to discover that others feel equally frustrated.
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