The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy)

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Author: Mantel, Hilary

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Deckle Edge

Number Of Pages: 784

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Release Date: 10-03-2020

Details: Product description “If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?” With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, 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. The story begins in 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, 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, Jane Seymour. Cromwell, a man with only his wits to rely on, 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. All of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows. The inevitable question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze? Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell’s journey from self-made man to one of the most feared, influential figures of his time. Portrayed by Mantel with pathos and terrific energy, Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age. Review Hilary Mantel has captivated readers and critics alike with her rich historical novels about the schemer, dreamer, henchman, and political mastermind Thomas Cromwell. The first Cromwell book, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize, as did the follow-up, Bring Up the Bodies. Now with the final book, The Mirror & the Light, we meet Cromwell at the height of his power. The novel opens with the decapitation of Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII settles in with his new bride, Jane Seymour, but rebellion lurks in the shadows both home and abroad. Mantel brilliantly and deviously unfurls the vision that spurs Cromwell to assert his power and the eventual ruin that it brings him. Like the books before, The Mirror & the Light is breathtaking and immersive, rich in detail and wide-ranging in characters, and brings the genre to dizzying new heights. A stunning ending to an award-winning series by one of the most talented writers working today. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review Review “The Wolf Hall trilogy is probably the greatest historical fiction accomplishment of the past decade." ―The New York Times Book Review “The Mirror & the Light is the triumphant capstone to Mantel’s trilogy on Thomas Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith who rose to become the consigliere of Henry VIII…. The world is blotted out as you are enveloped in the sweep of a story rich with conquest, conspiracy and mazy human psychology…. Mantel is often grouped with writers of historical fiction, [but] the more apt, and useful, comparison might be with Robert Caro, the biographer of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, the great anatomizer of political power." ―Parul Sehgal, The New York Times “Wolf Hall, a decade ago, was a sensational character study that electrified an often-visited slice of history. The Mirror & the Light marks a triumphant end to a spellbinding story." ―NPR “Cromwell [has] a depth at once Shakespearean and modernist. He could be Hamlet, or the title character of one of Freud’s case studies…. The dissolution of Cromwell coincides with his unmooring in time…. One moment he is sucked into his childhood; the next, he is hurled into the sphere of the angels. Indeed, the afterlife occasions some of the loveliest writing in this beautifully written book…. By the end of these three books, we have been with Cromwell as he lived or revisited most of his life, and we haven’t exhausted his mystery." ― Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic “Breathtaking…. The plot here is shaped as meticulously as any thriller…. With this trilogy, Mantel has redefined what the historical novel is capable of…. Taken together, her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century. Someone give the Booker Prize judges the rest of the year off." ―Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian “Majestic and often breathtakingly poetic…. What The Mirror & the Light offers―even more than the two previous volumes―is engulfing, total sensory immersion in a world…. As with the most powerful and enduring historical fictions, the book grips the reader most tightly when, as is often the case, the writing comes as close to poetry as prose ever may." ―Simon Schama, The Financial Times “A masterpiece…. A novel of epic proportions [that is] every bit as thrilling, propulsive, darkly comic and stupendously intelligent as its predecessors…. The trilogy is complete and it is magnificent." ―Alexandra Harris, The Guardian “This is rich, full-bodied fiction. Indeed, it might well be the best of the trilogy simply because there is more of it, a treasure on every page…. The brisk, present-tense narration makes you feel as though you are watching these long-settled events live, via a shaky camera phone…. Mantel has…elevated historical fiction as an art form…. At a time when the general movement of literature has been towards the margins, she has taken us to the dark heart of history." ―The Times (London) “Fascinating…. What Mantel does, often brilliantly, is put movement and muscle on the bare bones of what’s known…. [Cromwell’s] bundled contradictions ― a polyglot scholar with bruised knuckles, as ruthless in business as he was benevolent at home ― are more than mirror and light; they’re real, indelible life." ―Entertainment Weekly “Hilary Mantel has written an epic of English history that does what the Aeneid did for the Romans and War and Peace for the Russians…. As Cromwell approaches his end, cast off by an ungrateful master, Mantel pulls together the strands of his life into a sublime tapestry." ―The Telegraph (UK) “Cromwell is a character for the ages…. The stunning success of the novels is in large part the result of Ms. Mantel’s skill in fashioning a voice and persona that, while never anachronistic, make Cromwell seem eerily contemporary…. Mantel’s genius is to make his 16th-century instincts, such as a willingness to decapitate anyone standing in his path, seem as plausible as his more familiar qualities." ―The Economist “Another masterpiece of historical fiction…. The Mirror & the Light is superb, right to the last crimson drop…. A complex, insightful exploration of power, sex, loyalty, friendship, religion, class and statecraft…. A stunning conclusion to one of the great trilogies of our times." ―Independent (UK) About the Author Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. Both novels have been translated into more than 35 languages, and sales for both books have reached over 5 million copies worldwide. She is the author of fourteen books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost. In 2014 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Package Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches

Languages: English