As I noted on Tuesday, I’m currently doing a readalong of “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel with Erin Deedy from Peachtree Publishing. On Thursday we started talking about the first section (pages 3-38), although we sort of talked more about the general history and the book overall. We’ll be discussing Section 2 (pages 39-132) on Monday, April 19th.
Here’s what we talked about, feel free to add your own thoughts!
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I’m really enjoying the book, but I get confused sometimes with the narrative.
Definitely a book you have to pay attention to
I wasn’t really expecting the first chapter where he got the crap beat out of him!
I wasn’t expecting that either. How much of the bk is based on fact and how much is totally made up?
Hmm, not sure, let me go and see if I can find an author’s note
Author’s note doesn’t say anything about it
Well the violence is an interesting theory then. He becomes a somewhat callus, detatched adult I think
Perhaps also why he is interested in a position of power, because it makes him ‘safe’?
Having a position of power also a big “See, I made it, even though you were a terrible father!”
I think having a need to feel safe is a valid point. Was anyone safe in Henry VIII court though? ha!
Discussing section 1 of WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel today with and anyone who wants to join in. Just use hashtag
, Looking ahead to what we haven’t read yet, not at all. Goes from making him feel safe to putting him in danger.
Well, I know from history that he eventually loses his head.
Yes, although I don’t think Mantel gets that far in WOLF HALL, heard she’s planning on a sequel.
It is itneresting reading a bk that humanizes him, since he’s historically painted as a villain.
How exactly did he meet Wolsey?
I’ve got to say, I have no idea
I would like to know more. I feel like the story jumps ahead and misses a lot between sections
is going to join in the action!
by historical accounts he met Wosely while working for another employer. Can’t re member more.
I’ll have to look that up then!
Catching up on conversation. Liked Thomas – witty, smart, manipulative. Too bad his head gets boiled later.
I can’t decide if I hate him or not.
Looks like Cromwell knew Wolsey from previous employer. May not been mentioned in .
That is what was saying. I’m going to look it up when I get home!
I liked him because I respected his intelligence. Henry VIII, not so much.
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Henry just becomes such a raving lunatic later in his reign! Not that he was that great to begin with
I like the theory he contract syphilis from a paramour – explains crazy, sore on leg, kids who don’t survive
My view of the Tudors was skewed after reading Philippa Gregory. e.g. Different depiction of Mary Boleyn.
Were you confused with use of “he” in dialogues in Wolf Hall? Confusing for me, not knowing who’s talking
The ‘he’ stuff was a little confusing, but not too bad yet, plus I was expecting it
The ‘he’ was confusing to me too since sometimes the auth says Tom or Thomas. Had to pay close attention
Yes, the he and so many Toms = some confusion! =)
My problem is that I read at night before bed when I’m kind of sleepy… I have to read earlier in the day
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