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Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Booker prize-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, Dame Hilary Mantel, has died aged 70.

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Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety (1992) limns the French Revolution through the eyes and entwined lives of Danton, Desmoulins, and Robespierre. It's an extraordinary piece of evocative writing, and yet ... and yet, the Tudor period awaited and she went for it. I find her books draining. Not because they're difficult to read, as such, but because Mantel was a literal wizard with words who understood and mastered their many, many powers. So upon completing the first of that trilogy, the second was picked up only after a break. It's rewarding. Thank you, Ms. Mantel.

"When you are writing laws you are testing words to find their utmost power. Like spells, they have to make things happen in the real world, and like spells, they only work if people believe in them."
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-09-23 05:12 PM | Reply

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