Saturday, January 26, 2008
11. "The Other Boleyn Girl" - Philippa Gregory
Gregory is known for her historical romances, so I was a bit worried about bodice-ripping, etc. in this novel (as if I should criticize, considering there are similar scenes in my first book).
Instead, I found a deeply researched book with wonderful dialogue and practiced tension, even though most of us know what happens to Anne Boleyn.
Mary, "the other Boleyn girl," is set up by her family to seduce King Henry, which she does successfully, even giving birth to two children. However, she loses favor with the king, who in turn is interested in her sister, Anne.
The descriptions of court behavior and sneaky family politics kept me flipping the pages. I intended to read it in order to see the film (Eric Bana... yum), but I ended up loving the fast-paced adventure of this 650+ page novel.
4.0 out of 5.0 Dead on Arrivals.