Living With A Book Addict – Week 4

Yes, it’s true; I am reading The Other Boleyn Girl.  As most of you know I’m not all that adventurous when it comes to reading.  Yes, I have diversified my reading ever since I’ve been with Kim, and yes, it’s been quite an adventure, but this is definitely a stretch.  Kim pushed me to read this book because it’s one of her favorite Tudor/Victorian era books that she has read.  Admittedly, I was pretty hesitant at first.  All I could imagine was that it would be overly romantic or flowery and wouldn’t move fast enough to keep my attention.  Boy was I wrong.  Not only is Philippa Gregory’s novel full of history and adventure, the plot moves fast and the characters are engaging.

Historically, I find it amazing that King Henry held so much power.  Obviously, he was politically powerful and the center of society, but nothing drives this home more than the power struggle within his own court.  This is personified in the Boleyn family’s ruthless quest for power.  The men of the family use the women as pawns in the chess game that is Henry’s court.  It is no matter that Mary has aspirations and goals of her own, her status as Henry’s mistress makes her an invaluable aspect to the family and therefore she is no longer her own person.  Anne, in contrast, flourishes in her situation.  She is, by nature, cold and calculating.  The extremity of the ways in which she took over her sister’s position and supplanted Queen Katherine obviously makes her more memorable in the eyes of history.  However, it is really interesting to see this through Mary’s eyes.

So, back to my original point: I would have never read this book if not prompted to.  Although I am not currently finished with it, it is totally changing my view on these types of books.  I had previously thought of this book as a romantic, washy novel that had little substance (sorry Phillipa Gregory).  Now after reading it for as much as I have, I now view it as a historical work that provides new insight into the lives of those individuals I had only read about in history books.  It has breathed new life into my interest in history.  So, I’d like to thank my wonderful better half for opening my eyes to this novel.  For those of you, who like history, or even just an exciting story, check it out!

4 thoughts on “Living With A Book Addict – Week 4

  1. Pingback: My Favorite Ten Books of the Year (Part II) « Reflections of a Book Addict

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