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The Mirror and the Light (The Wolf Hall Trilogy) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Hilary Mantel (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Wolf Hall Trilogy (3)

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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to the breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage"--… (lisätietoja)
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23. The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
published: 2020
format: 757-page hardcover
acquired: December
read: May 4 – Jun 11
time reading: 32:47, 2.6 mpp
rating: 4½
locations: 1530’s England
about the author: born 1952 in Derbyshire, England to parents of Irish descent.

After the intimacy of [Wolf Hall] and the sleek handling of [Bring up the Bodies], this third book, [The Mirror and the Light], forms a distinct slow down. Time hovers as pages go by, and readers notice the meandering and how they aren't making much progress on the 757 pages to read. She sits us in moment after moment. At some point we readers may realize that history is happening around these moments, major things. Cromwell's career under Henry VIII marked a whirlwind of activity, maneuvering, ruthless vengeance, fundamental changes in religious philosophy and practice, along with a series of inconvenient events, and all with strong willed capricious unpredictable hot headed king. And all these things had unintended and serious consequences. At one point large parts of northern England rose in rebellion against...Thomas Cromwell. (The Pilgrimage of Grace) Worse, it was in response to a religious reformation Cromwell essentially slipped in right under the king's nose. That is, the rebels knew their target (and paid for missing it, Cromwell survived). Mantel has set a the tone in her two earlier books, made us a commitment to stay inside Cromwell's head. Now she must make good on that commitment, and that means she must take us through all of this, each step, to the end. And she does.

The three books may feel different, but Cromwell remains a constant of sorts, and our perspective as reader remains that of a sort of inside his head 3rd person view, as if in a virtual reality game. We get what he sees, hears, feels, and thinks, all in 3rd person, but only that. Nothing more. So major historical events come to us warped not through an unreliable narrator, but through a mind full of a hundred other things and with its own perspective. It's a kind of oblique, or unique single-point of perspective that not only limits to what it can see, but is colored by how this mind understands it.

I had to take my time with this book, give it several failed chances here and there where 5 pages of progress were too much. But I did enjoy it and, much more, I appreciated what I got out of this book. I think it's a wonderful thing and wonderful thing for the reader to work through, as there is so much to take home. I think this story, this version, can only stick to the reader, and it can color history and maybe the oddities of humanity - in life and life politics.

Likely most readers who have gotten through [Bring up the Bodies] are willing to stick this one out. I think you will be rewarded.

2021
https://www.librarything.com/topic/330945#7528969 ( )
  dchaikin | Jun 12, 2021 |
I haven't been this sucked into a book in a really long time. Mantel made Thomas Cromwell a living, breathing person to me. Honestly, the best historical fiction I've read, maybe ever. Fascinating, horrifying, and so incredibly compelling. Highly, highly recommended. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Jun 6, 2021 |
You know what's coming and yet the journey getting there remains simply fantastic. ( )
  qBaz | May 28, 2021 |
I devoured Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies some years ago, and pre-ordered Mirror as soon as it was available. It arrived for pickup as we Illannoyans scurried for shelter - imagine my delight when I discovered it was an autographed copy! (Thank you, Anderson's Bookshop!). Then I stacked them on my bedside table and started back at the beginning.

I finished last night, weeping. Dazzling, sweeping, sly, astonishing. The depth of Mantel's immersion in this complex world, her marshalling of characters you admire, fear, loathe, weep for, laugh or marvel at, the intricate mastery of a dizzying plot (make that myriad of plots), are just breathtaking. Her craft in laying the groundwork, in touching so deftly on the hairline cracks that begin to creep and spread in Mirror make you sit up and go: "UH-oh..." There is the moment when King Henry is worrying about his future, and begins to muse: "... if anything should happen to me, you must..." and trails off. And Cromwell thinks: "Do it. Make me regent." I literally gasped - there it is. He's finally articulated it - after a thousand pages of caution, self-restraint, calculation and prudence: the monster ambition speaks. You know it's always been there, you know it's coming, and she still shocks you when it does.

I will confess to some moments of... NOT skimming, but, um, reading a little more quickly. I never did get the hang of the ongoing background bickering of le roi Francois and Charles the Emperor. The lengthy detour through the Pilgrims' rebellion sort of petered out because the weather got bad - it may have happened that way, but it was a bit of a side line. Mantel seems to have decided to fill us in on a lot of clothing, a lot of food, jousting details - all of which are gorgeous, and she gets away with it because Cromwell himself was a cloth merchant and a kitchen man, so those are things he would notice and care about. I read one review elsewhere describing a certain "baggy" quality to Mirror, and that seems apt. But the rest of it is so damn good, I didn't mind.

The final pages build like a slow tornado, where everything is twisted, hurled, maimed, railroaded. Cromwell knows how it is done - has done it himself, many times. He knows when the jig is up. He begs for mercy, but knows he won't get it. Each volume ends with a beheading, and though others will follow, his is right up there with Sydney Carton's for a beautiful agony.

This trilogy should endure as one of the great achievements of 21st century English literature. Ms. Mantel, I salute you with all my heart and admiration.

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  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
Wow - what a superlative conclusion to this trilogy. I'm almost tempted to end my review there as it's hard not to repeat much of the enthusing from my reviews of the first two books, but I'll have a go.

This third instalment was much chunkier, and Mantel perhaps overindulged herself in the plot here and there where she didn't need to, but mostly once again this was tight as a drum narration that had me totally invested in the novel, beyond hooked. Of course, the fact that this is a story based around a fascinatingly gruesome period in English history could be hook enough, but in the wrong hands the numerous characters at court could easily become staid at times. Instead, 'living' it through Mantel's handling of Cromwell as narrator is as close as I think we can come through a book to being truly immersed in a period in history. How much more vivid it becomes in our minds, how much easier it is to remember details that would often be quickly forgotten from a non-fiction read.

Mantel has proven herself to be an author that is simply on another level with this trilogy. The historical research on its own is simply mind-blowing, but she also handles that research with such a deft hand, avoiding the temptation to include what is not pertinent to Cromwell's story yet using detail and emotion with the cleverest of brush strokes to invoke all our senses as readers.

As we have lived inside Cromwell's head for almost 2,000 pages it was difficult not to feel saddened by his demise at the end of The Mirror and the Light. That I need to think about some more. Has Mantel gone too far in invoking my sympathy for him? History often has it that Cromwell was ambitious, unscrupulous, brutal and corrupt, yet Mantel very much left me feeling of him less as a monster and more as a man who yes, was undeniably ruthlessly fixated on advancing his own position, but who was also playing a game where only dirty tactics win. He was a man also prepared to take much personal risk for the advancement of the knowledge of the gospel, and ultimately a person of great guile, which for a long time protected the interests of Henry.

My ultimate conclusion of Cromwell (thanks to Mantel) is that he was all these things: brutal when he needed to be (especially with his personal enemies), power-hungry, loyal, sympathetic and, above all else, rather brilliant in terms of how he manoeuvred himself and spun so many plates for the king.

4.5 stars - I feel almost cruel for knocking off half a star (for those moments when the plot meandered without needing to), but a fantastic end to a trilogy that has simply astounded me. ( )
1 ääni AlisonY | May 16, 2021 |
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She [Mantel] is still exuberantly rethinking what novels can do. Not since Bleak House has the present tense performed such magic. The narrative voice rides at times like a spirit or angel on thermals of vitality, catching the turning seasons, the rhythms of work and dreams, cities and kitchens and heartbeats.
 

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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to the breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage"--

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