View Full Version : Thank You, Man Booker Judges, for Making Me Dance

10-17-2012, 09:38 PM
I was so thrilled this morning to hear that Hilary Mantel had won the Man Booker Prize for Bring Up the Bodies! I had assumed since she got the prize three years ago for Wolf Hall, they'd pass her over.

Sometimes greatness does win out!

:Jump: :Jump: :Jump: :Trophy: :Jump: :Jump: :Jump:

(Me dancing around Hilary Mantel. Scary, I know. Good thing it's only virtual.)

Zombie Kat
10-17-2012, 10:34 PM
First woman and first Brit to win twice. Go Hilary!

10-17-2012, 11:59 PM
I will give congrats to anyone lucky enough to win anything period. Winning it twice is something to be proud of. Not to many people can say they have accomplish this at all.
so congrats to the winner.
the iron man

10-18-2012, 09:26 AM
Well, I haven't read any of the books that were shortlisted but now I do want to read this one. I didn't read Wolf Hall either. Now I want to.

10-18-2012, 03:49 PM
I haven't read any of her books but it is wonderful to win the Booker not once but twice.

10-19-2012, 03:54 AM
I've read both books, and found them both excellent. It took me a little while to get into the style of Wolf Hall, but once I'd gotten into it I had no problems and a great deal of enjoyment.

10-19-2012, 05:26 PM
Yes, you have to get used to how deep the third person limited POV is, in that Cromwell very rarely refers to himself as Cromwell but as just one more of the many Tudor "he's." My trick was to assume any "he, him, his" without clear precedent was Cromwell. Worked almost every time.

Another writer might have used the first person for this depth of character penetration, but I find the third person is brilliant, as it gives just that bit of distance that suits the historical. Also, I don't know by what conceit Cromwell would be narrating his story in the first person. Journal? Nah. Formal autobiography? Nah. "As told to," nah.

These books had, for me, the very rare quality of making me want to rush ahead with the story, yet linger to admire the wit of the dialogue and beauty of the description.

Anyhow, still dancing!

10-19-2012, 09:09 PM
First woman and first Brit to win twice. Go Hilary!

And first historical novelist!