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Seriously, anytime I fantasize about writing a book I read a Hilary Mantel novel and become discouraged. Reading Mantel is like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Federer play tennis (or back in the day watching Tiger Woods play golf). Unless you are born blind or stupid you realize that these people just don't exist on the same field or plane as the rest of humanity. No matter how many swings, shots, or hits I practiced, I could never play at the level of those masters.
No matter how many books I read or words I write, my brain recognizes that Mantel's skill with a sentence is almost superhuman. She is elegant and strong. She doesn't waste a word. Her prose seems to float with a bold efficiency and beauty that is hard to balance. It is like watching a ballerina kick Mike Tyson's a$$. And I haven't even got to the fact that she can choke you with emotion and knock you out with a surprise twist and well-played verbal throw down. The normal laws of gravity and axioms of art do not apply to Mantel's prose. Her words float. Her sentences run forever. Mantel DOES not f#c% around with the English language. She owns it. Read her novels (or her stories) and she will sit on your chest and own you too.
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Would you try another book from Hilary Mantel and/or Jane Carr?
From Hilary Mantel sure but never by Jane Carr
Would you ever listen to anything by Hilary Mantel again?
Possibly but not my first choice
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator added unnatural emotions that I am sure were never intended....very school maarmish rendering of the book....quite destroyed it for me
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
To be fair to Hilary Mantel, I will read her books again without the awful narration....I am sure she is good...
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