Mantel’s fictional account of the early years of Henry VIII’s reign will appeal to those who are interested in the turmoil and duplicity of Tudor England. Wolf Hall is long but readable as Mantel recreates the foods, the clothing, and customs of that era with delightful detail. Mantel offers an interesting twist as a very sympathetically portrayed Thomas Cromwell narrates the book. Thomas More, on the other hand is depicted as a mean-spirited, self-absorbed man—not at all like the More immortalized in A Man for All Seasons. Wolf Hall received the Man Booker Prize in 2009.
Check back next month for Gail’s take on the novel.