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read The Other Boleyn Girl kindle ä Paperback Ñ philippa gregory æ This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780743227445Two sisters competing for the greatest prize The love of a kingWhen Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen she catches the eye of Henry VIII Dazzled Mary falls in This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780743227445Two sisters competing for the greatest prize The love of a kingWhen Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen she catches the eye of Henry VIII Dazzled Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growin I picked this one up at work because I want to see the movie hello Scarlett Johansen and Natalie Portman? Yes please and because I know I'll have thousands of people asking me about it like with Atonement which I never read In short this book sucks It's the worst kind of historical fiction light on the history and not fun or well written to make up for it The characters are one dimensional the writing is trite and full of cliches Complete trash but I'm not putting it on my enjoyable trash shelf because it's not particularly enjoyable The worst thing about this book was how blatantly obvious it was that Gregory hates Anne Boleyn Mary may have been the narrator but Anne was without doubt the main character and it is impossible to enjoy a book where the author goes all out to make you hate the main character Especially a badly written main character Anyone who has done any literary criticism or any writing will know that good characterisation involves showing not telling We're told how charming and witty Anne is to the King but we're shown her being a bitch and arguing with Mary Anne would have been a much effective character if she'd been written like her brother George the only likeable character in the whole book who IS charming and witty will stab you in the back if it suits him but then admit to it with a disarming honesty If she'd been charming but manipulative to everyone including Mary her seduction of the King would have been much plausible but as it was I just couldn't see it Then there's the way Gregory manipulates historical fact in order to make Anne seem worse Anne was clever and well educated all we got from that was that she spoke French and read a lot but in reality her education and ability to discuss politics and serious issues with Henry was a significant attraction And there was the love affair with Henry Percy Anne admits to her sworn enemy that she has slept with her betrothed and he says no you didn't because it isn't politically convenient for you to marry him and later doesn't tell the king even when he's in a precarious political position because of Anne WTF plothole??Next we have the incest and the witchcraft both of which Gregory paints as true No seriously As far as incest goes well who the hell would sleep with their own brother? Apart from the fact that it's generally acknowledged that it was just a means of getting rid of them As for witchcraft well she was a devout Christian and again it's generally thought to be a convenient pretext The whole enmity between sisters thing is a creation which would be fair enough poetic license dramatic tension etc etc Except Mary hates Anne and yet she's always doing what she's told helping Anne out blah blah She'll occasionally say that of course she loves her she's her sister but we're told far often and with far vehemence how much she hates her and all we're shown is the fights and the vindictiveness Again this is mostly because Gregory hates Anne She seems to like Mary although if the real Mary was anything like the characterisation then I can't see why Gregory's Mary is insipid whiny and spineless and pretty much irritates the hell out of me And then we get the whole wanting to marry for love and not power as a feminist statement thing that Gregory does with Mary while we are told Anne who had power and intelligence in her own right is a spineless pawn in a man's game of politics She couldn't possibly have been regent of England without her uncle's help we are told This of the woman who split the church dethroned a ueen and was mother to ueen ElizabethIn the Author's note Gregory cites Retha Warnicke's The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn as one of her main sources which according to Wikipedia I know Wikipedia but still is generally considered to be unsubstantiated which explains some of this She also expresses admiration for ueen Elizabeth I which I found rather ironic considering she is Anne's daughter and Anne and Elizabeth seem to me to have been very similar in character as well as ability

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G role as unofficial ueen However she soon realises just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival her sister Anne Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king The thing you must realize about this book is that it is first and foremost a novel A novel based on actual historical events yes but still a work of fiction So for those that criticize it for its historical inaccuracy your criticism is misplaced This is not a biography of Mary Boleyn or Anne Boleyn and it doesn't pretend to beI myself am a bit of a Tudor junkie and love reading both fiction and nonfiction about the family and the times and I found this book a delight It had all the elements of a good story sex love violence suspense complicated characters and comic relief My favorite character was George Boleyn due to his wit probably the funniest one in the story Catherine of Aragon I think was the most true to lifeMy only complaints about the story historical inaccuracy aside as I said above that doesn't have to be an issue here are that sometimes it sounds like a Harleuin romance novel and also it's very slow moving But if you are willing to wait through the long beginning I think you will find yourself well rewardedA word of advice though skip the movie It was dreadful

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The Other Boleyn GirlAnd take fate into her own handsA rich and compelling novel of love sex ambition and intrigue The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her hea You've probably never heard of The Other Boleyn Girl It's not very popular I think a movie got made out of it but I doubt anyone watched itThose are the kind of lies mistruths and distortions that one person can perpetuate when they don't check their facts or worse intentionally distort the facts But on that later The Other Boleyn Girl is the story of Mary Boleyn the could've been ueen courtier during King Henry VIII's tumultuous reign Little is known about Mary other than that she was the sister of one of the most well known women in all of history This is a historical fiction writer's DREAM She is a malleable yet important figure orbiting world changing events A crafty author can do a lot with just such a characterPhilippa Gregory decided to turn her into the tool of the Boleyns Mary is offered up by her parents and pushed ahead like a pawn by her ambitious uncle in the BoleynHoward campaign for power She is assisted by her brother and sister who later set her aside after the king's done with her in order to put Anne on the throne Mary's portrait as painted by Gregory is a sympathetic one indeedDid Gregory charge her palette with true colors? It's said that she likes to do historical research Me I like historical fiction that's well researched I don't like it when a writer does a little research latches on to something like an archaic term or whatever and then proceeds to use that thing in their novel like it's going out of bloody style If I ever hear the word stomacher again it'll be too damn soon Simply adding the occasional period piece decor and nothing does not make a good read in this genreI doubt that much historical accuracy was attended to in the making of this book There are notable inaccuracies I'll give you one Mary was not the baby of the family as Gregory asserts but rather the eldest of the three siblings But we've got to be honest with ourselves as readers Factual history must sometimes be set aside because that's not what's important in this genre The Other Boleyn Girl isn't a textbook it's a novel It's meant to entice and titillate Dramatic effect and setting the mood is important than getting it right Taken for what it is this book excels At times it's exciting and tense At times it pulls at the heart There are moments when this is drama at its bestHowever taken as a whole this is not Gregory's best work The occasionally amateurish writing made me think it was her first published work but it's not I read something by her published ten years after this and her writing showed marked improvement the nuggets from her historical research were inserted smoothly and everything felt a good deal tighter This mammoth book on the other hand feels ponderous At one point I thought to myself I bet she wishes she could have a redo on this one but that ain't gonna happen since everybody and their grandma has read it