Sunday, March 9, 2008
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
It seems like it took me forever to get through this book, but really, I enjoyed it! This is the 2nd Gregory book I've read now, and I'm really looking forward to reading more.
Everyone and their mother knows the premise of this book, I suppose, given its popularity and the release of the movie last week. Mary Boleyn is the sister of Anne Boleyn. Both girls are pawns for the powerful Boleyn and Howard families, and Mary is the first sister to be dangled before the king (even though she is a married girl of the ripe age of 15!). This is the story of Anne's rise to her role as Queen of England, from the viewpoint of Mary.
There's a lot of controversy as to the historical accuracy of this book, but I enjoyed it for what it is - historical FICTION.
I've heard mixed reviews of the movie, but I'm dying to go see it anyway. I suppose it will have to wait until at least next weekend, now, though.
This book counts as one of 4 books 450 pages or longer for the Chunkster Challenge.