Saturday, February 27, 2010

1st Coffee Table Book: Philippa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl"

After seeing a trailer for the movie version of this years ago and then seeing it on a dear friend's bookshelf, I knew I had to read it. I love books with a healthy mix of intrigue and passion and this one definitely fits the bill - 761 juicy pages of it!

Philippa Gregory uses a very fact-based outline for this historical fiction novel. Based on the struggle between two sisters (Mary and Anne Boleyn) for the affection of King Henry VIII and, thus, the crown, The Other Boleyn Girl provides a rich taste of England's court life during the 16th Century.

With both hands tied, the sisters are driven by their family to vie for the King and his treasures, supplanting the family with wealth and good name. The relationship between Mary and Anne, as well as their relationship with trusted friend and brother George, is a mix of fox-hole faithfulness, friendship, fire and ice. (Ooooh!) But it's not just this family's dynamic to which we're privy. There's the one between King Henry and his wife (yep, that's right - his wife) and the intertwined politicians, Church leaders and a handful of syrupy-sly courtiers and ladies-in-waiting.

Conclusion: Good luck putting it down.

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