Bring up the Bodies (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

( 124 )

Overview

This Man Booker Prize-winning book depicts the downfall of Anne Boleyn at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Hardcover (Library Binding - THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY)
$22.56
BN.com price
(Save 20%)$28.20 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $22.55   
  • New (2) from $22.55   
  • Used (2) from $22.55   
Bring Up the Bodies

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price

Overview

This Man Booker Prize-winning book depicts the downfall of Anne Boleyn at the hands of Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606279840
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 1,073,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the author of nine previous novels, including A Change of Climate, A Place of Greater Safety, and Eight Months on Ghazzah Street. She has also written a memoir, Giving Up the Ghost. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize, she reviews for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books. She lives in England.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 124 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(54)

4 Star

(40)

3 Star

(19)

2 Star

(7)

1 Star

(4)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 124 Customer Reviews
  • Posted June 30, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    407 pages of the latest telling of the Henry VIII story. This bo

    407 pages of the latest telling of the Henry VIII story.
    This book is based on the story of the fall of Anne Boleyn. The focus, though, is not so much on Anne herself, but on Thomas Cromwell, Master of the Rolls and Secretary to Henry VIII. Hilary Mantel conveys the reader from September 1535 to the Summer of 1536. Besides Anne herself, Cromwell is responsible for bringing about the downfall/executions of several of Anne's "admirers", including her brother George Boleyn, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, William Brereton, and Mark Smeaton. Since the book has its focus on the viewpoint of Cromwell rather than Anne or Henry, it's an interesting addition to the pool of books written on the subject of Henry and his wives. I hadn't read any of Mantel's previous books, so some of her writing affectations were off -putting, especially at first. For example, the book opens with what seems to be s surrealistic dream, until I realized that Cromwell named his hunting hawks after his dead daughters. It was a bit unnerving to read the first paragraph, with its ending sentence of "Her breast is gore streaked and flesh clings to her claws," and it wasn't until I got to the sentence, " The hawk Anne Cromwell bounces on the glove of Rafe Sadler. . ." that I realized this wasn't a weird dream sequence, but the presentation of a hunting scene with Henry and Cromwell. Still, the sentence, " Tomorrow his wife and two sisters will go out," make it clear that this confusion is deliberate. A previous reviewer has already remarked on Mantel's curious use of the pronoun "he", which generally refers to Cromwell himself although I noted that this was not always the case. It was sometimes used in a more traditional sense, as when she has as antecedent Henry VIII or some other important personage. In the first chapter, Mantel refers to Hans Holbein the painter as simply " Hans". ( I
    suppose there were not that many men in this story with the Christian name Hans, so that she did not feel it necessary to present when he first appears, with his full name, but that's just a guess on my part.) There are also some places where Cromwell is either recalling a speech by someone else, or thinking to himself, presented sans quotation marks, but in most places where there's dialogue, she does make use of them. Since the book jacket states that Mantel lives in England, I'm not sure if the stylistic choices made in this book are some new form of British English, or her individual writing eccentricity. These quibbles aside, I found the book quite interesting, especially when compared to other books that deal with this time period in English history, such as Phillipa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl. I should note that even though Mantel's primary focus is on Cromwell, the insight we get on characters like Henry and Anne, through his eyes, is fresh and thought-provoking. History buffs will probably enjoy this book in spite of the stylistic eccentricities, while grammar purists might want to give it a miss. Recommended.

    40 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Not what I was expecting

    I love historical fiction. I've never read this author, and I had an awful time getting used to her writing style. I read 60 pages before I called it quits. It was probably just me, but I just couldn't stay interested nor could I tell you who was narrating most of the time.

    29 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Not as Good s Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall was an exquisitely, even breathtakingly, written novel. But it was criticized for its conceit of using the pronoun "he" throughout, such that many readers complained they did not understand who the author meant. She meant Cromwell, except where it was obvously not him. The effect was to place you inside Cromwell's head, living the experience with him. Well, I guess her editor gave her a hard time. Bring Up The Bodies drops the conceit and, also, except for a few passages, has lost the penetrating lyricality and intimacy of its predecessor. It's just a plain old novel. That is unfortunate. It's a good book in comparison to your average novel, but it lacks the delicate and fine literary greatness that Mantel achieved in Wolf Hall. Read that first.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    She's done it again! I loved Wolf Hall, and was eagerly awaiting

    She's done it again! I loved Wolf Hall, and was eagerly awaiting Ms. Mantel's next missive. This is a fantastic book, and the author a fantastic writer. I adore the way she brings Anne Boleyn and her history to life. Really great!

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 13, 2012

    I had to constantly reread paragraphs to determine who was speak

    I had to constantly reread paragraphs to determine who was speaking.
    Very distracting, and eventually headache inducing. Had to bail out at page 135

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Historical Fiction at iIts Best

    Havng read a lot of historical fiction about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in my long-lost youth, this book and the first one take place in an era fascinating to me. I'm completely caught up in Thomas Cromwell's life and hope for a third book to round it out.P ( or finish him off might be a better phrase).

    My only criticism is that Ms. Mantel still is not comfortable writing in third person. Can't imagine why she didn't just write this in first person since everything is through Cromwell's view any way. If you read the first book, Wolf Hall, you will see what I mean: a lot of the time her overuse of "he" leaves you confused over who is speaking. She has cured that in this book but does o in a very awkward way.

    Except for that, though, she does a great job and I highly recommend it.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly recommend!

    This former literature teacher enjoyed both plot and writing. I would recommend reading Wolf Hall first then Bring Up the Bodies. Thoroughly absorbing reads.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 26, 2012

    Hilary Wolf's writing is exciting because it is -- the author is

    Hilary Wolf's writing is exciting because it is -- the author is --
    willing to take a risk that people won't understand immediately what she
    is getting at. But the payoff is a much deeper story or joke or
    conclusion, if you just have the patience to wait for it. These are
    really marvelous books, and I think will stand the test of time. They
    are well worth reading. And if you are willing to take the time for the
    second reading, you'll get all these subtle great jokes that you may
    have missed the first time. Enjoy!!!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    BRING UP THE ODIES

    Give me Philips Gregory anytime for historical fiction !! Found this to be boring, confusing. I am glad to be finished!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Another great novel by Hilary Mantel

    This was another great novel by Hilary Mantel. I loved Wolf Hall and was equally thirlled with Bring Up the Bodies. Hilary Mantel delivered another well written and entertaining novel about Thomas Cromwell. I cannot wait to read her next novel about this interesting man.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Incredibly--even better than "Wolf Hall"

    Hilary Mantel is a genius. Somehow she has improved upon the brilliance of "Wolf Hall." Her writing style is breathtaking: lyrical, elegant, complex, incredibly satisfying. Cromwell's charming, ruthless, utterly beguling personality--and ultimate path to self destruction--is on vivid display here. Henry VIII's egomanical callousness is shattering as is the fine web of deceit, betrayal, revenge, that finally captures a disbelieving Ann. I was so caught up in this I basically read the whole thing in one sitting, desperate to keep reading yet heartbroken to see it end. When asked to describe Mantel's style and appeal, I find it very hard to do so. You simply have to experience it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Superb. Exceptional. Brilliant. More contemplative than Wolf

    Superb. Exceptional. Brilliant. More contemplative than Wolf Hall but delightful (and funny) nonethless.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 22, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Lighter than the first, but just as delightful In this second b

    Lighter than the first, but just as delightful

    In this second book of the Wolf Hall Trilogy, Mantel brings to life Thomas Cromwell during the reign and fall of Anne Boleyn. I've noticed a few reviews saying that Bring Up the Bodies isn't quite as good as Wolf Hall, though I'm not sure why people feel this is so. This book is slightly lighter reading, and much more straightforward, than Wolf Hall, and I think that makes up for any slight loss of lyricism. Also, some people may not have liked Cromwell's character as much in this book as in the first, but this was necessary for historical accuracy. If anything, Mantel has made Cromwell more human and likable than I'd ever imagined him to be. And this, I think, is the magic of Mantel's writing. This book is about the people, not the events. And she has taken a rather slimy, vengeful, self-serving historical figure and delivered a man that we can relate to...and even like. So, personally, I think this book was slightly better than the first.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Even better than _Wolf Hall_

    As well written as was the first book in this trilogy-to-be, this second installment is sometimes lyrical. The story seens new, the telling of it is taut, and the occasional confusion over whose voice we're hearing is neatly taken care of this time out.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 21, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book was a fascinating insight into the era of Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, and other historical figures. Bring Up the Bodies is well-researched; providing interesting background information on major historical characters and also minor characters. Thomas Cromwell is an astute politician; he is both a hero and a villain.

    Hilary Mantel is such a gifted writer; I could hardly put down the book! I did not realize that Bring Up the Bodies was preceded by Wolf Hall, but I immediately went out and bought that book, too!

    The book is beautifully written and the characters are wonderfully complex.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Bring Up The Bodies

    This sequel to Wolf Hall, set during the reign and fall of Anne Boelyn, and seen through the mind of Thomas Cromwell, captured the intrigue and human tradgety of Henry Tudor's kingdom.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Heartily Recommended

    Against the backdrop of the tumultuous marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Bring Up the Bodies is written from, Secretary to the King, Thomas Cromwell's perspective. Spanning the waning days of their life together, her trial and execution by beheading to the King's marriage to Jane Seymour, Hillary Mantel's book serves up intrigue, adultery, incest and conspiracy on a silver platter like the ones that may have graced Cromwell's table. The reader will watch Cromwell use his keen mind and understanding of human foibles: thirst for power, deceit and false pride to play men, women rulers, Church and Monarchy against each other as if pieces in a tragic deadly game of chess. Like others, I found it initially laborious until I mastered the characters and Mantel's voice then I was hooked and could not put it down. I eagerly await her next book on Cromwell's machinations and fate. Fortunately a PBS series on the same subject ran in tandem with my reading the book which heightened my curiosity, interest and enjoyment. For those patient readers interested in the subject, I heartily recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    An amazing read

    Couldn't put it down. Couldn't wait to read the sequel Bring up the Bodies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I like stories based on historical happenings, irrespective of w

    I like stories based on historical happenings, irrespective of where they took place, and Bring up the Bodies is one of them. With echoes of stories involving traditional monarchs like in Disciples of Fortune, or the King and I, this story is rich and revealing.It is an excellently written story that I finished without being conscious of the flow of time. The characters are amazing and they are true to life due to the wonderful portrayal of their human sides.Smooth writing, fabulous descriptions, amazing dialogue and gripping pacing are the elements that made this story an accomplished piece of writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    A Worthy Second Volume

    Hilary Mantel has written a worthy successor to Wolf Hall, continuing her unusual approach to Tudor England as seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. Even though the tale of Anne Bolyn is an oft told one, Cromwell adds some new pages of his own. Written with grace and elegance, Bring Up the Bodies is a very satisfying read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 124 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)