The Other Boleyn Girl - Movie Tie-In Author:Philippa Gregory Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king.A rich and compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.When Mary... more » Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.« less
Although I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I found this book to be a People magazine version of "literature". The dialogue was juvenile and almost unreadable, and I felt as though the author was condescending to the reader. It also felt as though the author had done no research to prepare for this book, but instead relied on old movies and heresay as her main source material. The only reason I finished it at all is because I was on vacation and had no other reading material. A real disappointment.
I have to emphasize that this story is fiction, based VERY LOOSELY on history. If you're looking for an accurate depiction of Anne Boleyn's story, you're in the wrong place. That being said, I LOVED the book. Very captivating and easy to read. Philippa Gregory does a wonderful job of putting you in the story and the feel of those times. I purchased this for a plane ride, and had a very difficult time putting it down! I highly recommend the book, especially if you watched the movie and were disappointed (as I was!). The Other Boleyn Girl is detailed and enthralling.
This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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This is an absolutely intriguing novel. Addictive, really - this one led me to read everything Philippa Gregory has published to date. Although there are fictional characters mixed in with real characters, it simply did not matter at all to me. Philippa did a great job with this one. (If you see the movie, you will be disappointed - it is barely a Cliff's Notes version of this fine novel).
I know this book is very popular but I just don't agree. i read every page and hoped that at some point I would find a redeming quality in at least one of the characters. i didn't. Gregory's writing style is engaging, I found it easy to keep reading and yet the story was so ugly. I had no desire to read the other books she has written after finishing this one.