Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's Just My Opinion

The Other Boleyn Girl The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
If it weren't for Readers Anonymous, my online book group, I never would have chosen to read this book, The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, and I wasn't excited about reading this daunting, 661-page book. In fact, for the first 75-100 pages, I still wasn't very thrilled, but then, something clicked. I began to feel a connection with the characters, and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. You might think you know what happens, but you really have no idea. I lost many hours of sleep reading this book!

The main character is Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's sister (Anne of Queen-of-England fame). Gregory delved deep into Tudor history to develop this factual tale of the English court, English history, love, betrayal, sex, money, power, scandal, sibling rivalry, and masquerade. All of it came to life on the page - rich descriptions, realistic dialogue, intrigue, and suspense.

I have not seen the movie, but I have heard that it is nothing like the book, so I may not watch it. I don't want to ruin the magic this book brought to life. Finishing this book was like losing a close friend. But now, it's time to hit The Beach.

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  1. i had heard from EVERYONE that I must read this book... I read two pages and put it down! (so silly sometimes) THEN I saw the movie and LOVED the story.. I am definitely going to take the book out of the library again, 'cause like u say.. the book will be better! Right now my book club is reading 1000 white women and I already HIGHLY recommend it Diane!
    thanks for the review! Off to check out the beach!

  2. Phillipa Gregory is one of my favorite authors,but then, I LOVE historical fiction. This is definatley one of the best ones, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The movie was kind of a disappointment simply because I loved the book so much and it was so different.

  3. I adored this book! A friend of mine is incredibly into Henry VIII history/historical fiction. She's the one who got me hooked. I've now read a few other of Gregory's books. Enjoyed them all. What a crazy time period that was!!

    I've also seen the movie. I enjoyed it but the book is much better. A lot was left out, as usual.


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