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The Mirror & the Light (2020)

par Hilary Mantel

Autres auteurs: Hege Mehren (Traducteur)

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Séries: Wolf Hall Trilogy (3)

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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" England, 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, Thomas 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 before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he 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. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with 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"--… (plus d'informations)
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I didn't want this book to end, I know how it ends, but saying farewell to Cromwell was more poignant than I expected. The Tudors is an era I have read a good amount on so I'm familiar with the history, what Hilary Mantell does so beautifully is breathe live into those who are long gone.

The novel covers the period between the death of Anne Boleyn up to Cromwells own execution. Despite knowing the events that led up to it, the story is so well crafted that from Cromwells perspective that when his arrest eventually happens it is as much a shock for the reader as for the man himself.

It is simply one of the best historical novel series for this era. ( )
  restimson | Jun 22, 2022 |
The only fault I have with the whole series is the use of pronouns. A group of men talking, and there are no quotations and only 'he said'. I really had to pay attention to the context and how things were said in order to figure out who was speaking.
I loved that Cromwell is portrayed more sympathetically than is usual. I don't know the truth of the matter - people writing for history tend to color the accounts with their personal feelings - but I would like to believe he was as honorable as he seems. ( )
  LeslieHolm | May 19, 2022 |
I read the first two in the Thomas Cromwell series and thought they were okay but this one I just did not care for. I had a very difficult time getting through it. I do not care for her style of writing at all as it can be very confusing. It is rarely clear who is talking, etc. I read one review of this that said it was 'bloated' and I have to agree. Perhaps if it were 300-400 pages instead of nearly 800 it would be a bit better. Just very disappointing. ( )
  Nefersw | Jan 14, 2022 |
Too long. Too much repetition from books 1 and 2. Gets better as it gets closes to the ending we all know is coming. ( )
  LizzySiddal | Dec 20, 2021 |
A dark descent into the world of Henry the Eighth seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. A complicated story is told with surprising clarity. ( )
  charlie68 | Nov 30, 2021 |
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She [Mantel] is still exuberantly rethinking what novels can do. Not since Bleak House has the present tense performed such magic. The narrative voice rides at times like a spirit or angel on thermals of vitality, catching the turning seasons, the rhythms of work and dreams, cities and kitchens and heartbeats.
 

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Nom de l'auteur(e)RôleType d'auteurŒuvre ?Statut
Mantel, Hilaryauteur(e) principal(e)toutes les éditionsconfirmé
Mehren, HegeTraducteurauteur secondairetoutes les éditionsconfirmé
Damsma, HarmTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Goretsky, TalConcepteur de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Humphries, JulianConcepteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Kloska, JosephNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Löcher-Lawrence, WernerTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Levavi, Meryl SussmanConcepteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Miedema, NiekTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Miles, BenNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Posthuma de Boer,TessaConcepteur de la couvertureauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Sivenius, KaisaTraducteurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
Smith, BenNarrateurauteur secondairequelques éditionsconfirmé
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There is a cushion cover on which she was working on a design, a deer running through foliage. Whether death interrupted her or just dislike of the work, she had left her needle in the cloth. Later some other hand - her mother's, or one of her daughter's - drew out the needle; but around the twin holes it left, the cloth had stiffened into brittle peaks, so that if you pass your finger over the path of her stitches - the path they would have taken - you can feel the bumps, like snags in the weave.
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Well, at those temperatures, Cromwell thinks. A blacksmith's forge is dangerous, and smiths are always blackened and burned, but you don't find them pierced to the heart with their own product, or hurtling to their deaths from church towers, as glaziers do every day of the week.
Henry looks away.... "I have told you before this, how Pole's family laid a curse, after young Warwick was beheaded. My brother Arthur died at fifteen. My son Richmond at seventeen."
He writes, and he thinks no one reads; but friends of Lucifer look into his book. At dusk he locks his manuscript in a chest, but the devil has a key. Demons know every crossing-out amd every blot.His ink betrays him. The fibres in his paper are spies.
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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" England, 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, Thomas 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 before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he 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. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with 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"--

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