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Wolf Hall

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Thomas Cromwell era il figlio di un fabbro di Putney. Un uomo capace di redigere un contratto e addestrare un falco, di disegnare una mappa e sedare una rissa, di arredare una casa e corrompere una giuria. Architetto machiavellico del regno di Enrico VIII e artefice dei destini della dinastia dei Tudor, il protagonista del pluripremiato romanzo di Hilary Mantel emerge qui in tutta la sua contraddittoria umanità. Cromwell venuto dal nulla, dedito ai mestieri più disparati – mercenario in Francia, banchiere a Firenze, commerciante di tessuti ad Anversa – in virtù delle sole doti intellettuali; Cromwell, di cui il re si servirà per ottenere il divorzio da Caterina d’Aragona e sposare Anna Bolena, dando così un nuovo corso alla storia della Chiesa inglese. Hilary Mantel ci dà un ritratto dell’Inghilterra dei Tudor nel quale il fascino di un’epoca lontana conosce uno splendore rinnovato, che pur senza tradire la cronaca degli eventi nulla ha in comune con la polverosa distanza di una remota pagina di storia: perché in Wolf Hall riusciamo a sentire l’odore acre della lana impregnata dalla pioggia e della terra sotto i piedi, il rilievo delle ossa sotto la pelle, il solco lasciato dai carri nel fango, il fruscio dei topi nei materassi. La pregnanza della scrittura di un’autrice già celeberrima in patria, che dà ora voce e sostanza al suo capolavoro, dilaga in una decodifica, ironica e precisa, della corte inglese: fino a mostrarne l’ossatura segreta, a ribaltarne le prospettive e il canone. E a regalarci un affresco storico straordinario.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 17, 2009 – Henry VIII's challenge to the church's power with his desire to divorce his queen and marry Anne Boleyn set off a tidal wave of religious, political and societal turmoil that reverberated throughout 16th-century Europe. Mantel boldly attempts to capture the sweeping internecine machinations of the times from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, the lowborn man who became one of Henry's closest advisers. Cromwell's actual beginnings are historically ambiguous, and Mantel admirably fills in the blanks, portraying Cromwell as an oft-beaten son who fled his father's home, fought for the French, studied law and was fluent in French, Latin and Italian. Mixing fiction with fact, Mantel captures the atmosphere of the times and brings to life the important players: Henry VIII; his wife, Katherine of Aragon; the bewitching Boleyn sisters; and the difficult Thomas More, who opposes the king. Unfortunately, Mantel also includes a distracting abundance of dizzying detail and Henry's all too voluminous political defeats and triumphs, which overshadows the more winning story of Cromwell and his influence on the events that led to the creation of the Church of England.

Customer Reviews

Great read, great writing...

I don't read historical fiction, but this novel had me from the get-go. Strong, strong writing, dialogue on every page, minimal description, just what's needed to understand the plot and characters. Beautiful job, can see why it won the Prize (and I can't always say that when I read prize-winning fiction). Great depiction of characters, male and female. We care about these people and enjoy the details of their lives. Must say, life at HenryVIII's court seems not all that different from life in political circles today. Read this.

Wolf Hall
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 15, 2011
  • Publisher: Fazi Editore
  • Seller: Edigita Editoria Digitale Italiana Srl
  • Print Length: 784 Pages
  • Language: Italian
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