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The Wise Woman

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Hands down-amazing!

I have to say Ms. Gregory chose to tackle a very delicate subject..most which people tend to shy away from and do not even wish to discuss but the truth of the matter is that this subject was a very real aspect in those times and many people were killed and tortured for...
I have to say Ms. Gregory chose to tackle a very delicate subject..most which people tend to shy away from and do not even wish to discuss but the truth of the matter is that this subject was a very real aspect in those times and many people were killed and tortured for being thought of as "witches"--innocent people at that. In this book you tend to feel different emotions for the main character-which is great. You love her, then hate her, are appalled at her behavior, you pity her, then you are touched by her. I did not expect the ending that Ms. Gregory had for this book. I was so touched and saddened the book brought me to tears. Bravo Ms. Gregory another great peice!

posted by JazzyBear on March 8, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

dissapointment

I'd first like to say that I'm huge fan of Ms. Gregory. However, I was completely dissapointed with this book. The story line is very good and I think it had alot of potenital. It's very hard to like a main character when she's such a horrible person. It was difficu...
I'd first like to say that I'm huge fan of Ms. Gregory. However, I was completely dissapointed with this book. The story line is very good and I think it had alot of potenital. It's very hard to like a main character when she's such a horrible person. It was difficult for me to get into the story and root for something good to happen when Alys the main heroine is so unlikeable. Don't waste your money on this book. If this is the first book of Philippa Gregory choose another, The Other Boylen Girl, The Queens Fool, or The Constant Princess are very good try those first!

posted by MrsChi619 on January 10, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

    Not the best from the Author.

    I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory, but this is my least favorite book of hers. It starts out really slow, I almost returned it after the first or second chapter, but it did pick up enough to want to finish the rest of the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Recommend if open minded

    Too graphically sexual in parts to be enjoyed as work of Philippa Gregory, and the ending was guessed waaaay ahead of time. I prefer her usual, history mixed with fantasy style, with just enough sex to make it hum, but not so much that it offends the imagination. Seems it was trying to compete with 50 Shades of Gray............ Too bad.

    I won't give up on Gregory, though. Maybe next time will be awesome.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Started Off So Well....

    I usually enjoy books from this period in England's history, and especially ones with strong women characters. Unfortunately, those aspects weren't enough to make this a 5-star read.

    The main character, Alys, becomes increasingly unlikable as the story progresses, and none of the other characters are especially pleasant. After awhile, the story seemed to ramble in several odd (and occasionally icky) directions.

    While the conclusion was dramatic, the book was too long and it seemed like an ending of last resort -- the author couldn't bring resolution in any other way. Too bad the story never reached the potential it seemed to have in the opening chapters.

    (And whatever happened to those little wax figures -- doomed to walk the English countryside for eternity? Or just until a really hot day!)

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Interesting, but disturbing

    I have absolutely no issue with reading about witchcraft, but the main character in this book never seems to come to any conclusive decision about who or what she is. I found her lack or morality- when combined with the witchcraft and Catholicism to be very disturbing. Honestly I am a huge fan of Phillipa Greggory, but after reading this book truly wonder if she was on drugs when she wrote it. It was not cohesive-- and if she was trying to show a character who was mostly disturbed, she did a good job. It reminded me of a bad romance novel with a bit of history thrown in. I could not put it down, because I just kept hoping I would understand the point. It wasn't a bad read, just really weird. Usually give these books to my teenage daughter to read, but with all of the graphic sex, menage e tois and lesbian overtones, I wouldn't share this one. Can honestly say I hated the main character by the end.

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