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The Mirror and the Light (2020)

de Hilary Mantel

Outros autores: Hege Mehren (Tradutor)

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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"--… (mais)
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A great finish to a great series of novels. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
It took me a long time to read The Mirror and the Light. I didn't remember that struggle with the earlier books. Perhaps it was because I knew what was coming? It was also 100 pages longer than either of the other books, more introspective and thick with detail and carefully spun prose. That being said, once I let myself settle in, the last 300 pages moved along and then the finale pulled me in today so I had to finish.

I don't know if it was Mantel's intention, but there is much in her Henry that reminded me of our outgoing President. Henry is petulant when he doesn't get his way, quick to blame others for his own defects, erratic in his outlook from moment to moment, rewriting stories about himself and his actions.

Ultimately, the book was good but it is thick so plan accordingly. ( )
  witchyrichy | Apr 13, 2021 |
The third book in the trilogy by Mantel was wonderful, like the others.
  rosiezbanks | Apr 3, 2021 |
The last years of Cromwell’s life, including the final, rapid, decline in favour that led to his end. Cromwell was a monster, but one that we see inside of so clearly and whose motives we understand and often agree with, that we bear him no great I’ll will. He was a man who climbed the pole and sought and achieved great power, but only by serving the people around him, his masters of the time.

The book is really just a collection of conversations with the added input of Cromwell’s thoughts to help us along. I was enormously moved by this man and his life and deeds; not the historical deeds in support of great men and great events (these were often horrible), but the deeds of a. Man bound to his origins and the ordinary people around him.

The description of Cromwell’s end is the best I have read and moved me to tears. This must be what the end is like, and if it is, I will go that way. ( )
  pierthinker | Feb 24, 2021 |
Even if its at least 5 years since you put down "Bring Up The Bodies", with one sentence you are back there, shivering in the cold of Tower Hill as the remains of Anne Boleyn are disposed of. An expert swordsman has been procured from Calais, but no one has remembered to provide a box for the former Queen. An arrow case is pressed into service. And in the shadow of this incompetence, the final part of Thomas Cromwell's story begins.

Its an apt metaphor; this reader, well aware of how this all ends, was struck by the thought that events are no longer quite as under Cromwell's control as his reputation for omniscience would suggest. Irritating loose ends begin not quite to be tied up. Other points of view start to get some visibility with the King. For once, he does not reach quite everywhere. We begin to see Cromwell and his ever increasing entourage a little as his enemies might see him. The slow slipping of the facade is masterfully executed.

Its an extraordinary piece of work, and at nearly twice the length of either of the previous books, a wonderful feat of narrative and character control. Even Cromwell's final moments are sublimely handled.

Do read this. Its probably not even strictly necessary to have read the previous two books to read this, as long as you know the history. And even though its the previous works that have won the Bookers, this is the best of them ( )
  Opinionated | Feb 11, 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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Mantel, HilaryAutorautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Mehren, HegeTradutorautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Damsma, HarmTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Goretsky, TalDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Humphries, JulianDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Kloska, JosephNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Löcher-Lawrence, WernerTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Levavi, Meryl SussmanDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Miedema, NiekTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Miles, BenNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Posthuma de Boer,TessaDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Sivenius, KaisaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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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