Sunday, May 15, 2011
The Autobiography of Henry VIII - Update
Book: The Autobiography of Henry VIII
Author: Margaret George
Progress Report - 400 pages in. Not even halfway after three weeks.
There will be another update when I finish - in 2012.
This is a beast. I should have waited to read this book on a vacation or something. I can only read on weekends because I absolutely refuse to walk 2 miles a day to and from the train, and carry around this megaton brick. Plus, I would get through like 5 pages and then my train ride would be finished. Not. Worth. It.
I can barely hold this thing up on my couch, let alone lug it all over Chicago. So, I'm progressing slowly, but here's what I think so far: this book has an awful lot of detail. I like detail, but I can imagine that it might turn away a lot of readers that aren't hardcore Tudor Fans like myself. I ordered this book because it was billed as the premier book on Henry VIII from Henry's point of view! For those of you who read Tudor Fiction - this is a new twist. Nearly everything is written from the perspective of Henry's wives - and frankly I'm a bit bored by that after reading so many. How many perspectives can Anne Boelyn really have? So, this book is a refreshing brick - but still a brick.
I can say that newbies to Tudor Fiction should not start with this book. Since it is taking me so long to read, it is very nice to have a background in the time period. This way I don't have to do a lot of back tracking to remember what happened.
Right now, I'm giving it a B - which, considering my deep love for Tudor dramas, is a bit lower than I expected. But, lord, Margaret, there is a an awful lot of detail.