Tuesday, August 5

The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

Title: The Other Boleyn Girl

Author: Philippa Gregory

Pages: 736

Summary of Book: Set under King Henry the VIII's reign. Two sisters Mary and Anne compete for the kings love and their own personal desires.

My Rating (out of ten): 4.5/10

What I liked/disliked the book: I didn't hate the book, I disliked it....but not a high level of dislike if that makes any sense. One of my issues with this book is that it is seemed to be historically inaccurate. I realize that historical fictions veer from the truth and accuracy and that's fine. But this was just to the point it took away from the story. I loved the story behind Henry the VIII and his six wives. I also am a huge fan of Elizabeth the first, and Anne. But this book destroyed Anne's true personality. Also I found that the book dragged on a lot, some parts seemed to be pointless and the characters very one sided.

Having the story told through Mary's eyes was a positive thing about the book. I find in history classes they only focus on Anne, and ignore Mary's "brief" affair with Henry, but that is where the good things about the book end. Wasn't the worst book I read, but a lot of the historical in accuracies ruined it for me.

Would I recommend it to read: No, this book isn't worth the hype it has been given. Behind all the issues I have with it there is a "okay" story behind it, I can see why there is a lot of people who enjoy it, but I wouldn't recommend it to others.

What to read next: After reading this, I'm not sure what to read next. If you enjoyed the book, I'd say read more of Gregory's work. My experience to historical fiction is limited (I'm hoping to expand on it very soon).

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I've just finished this one and is working on my own review. I agree that it dragged a bit ... I would have preferred to hear the story from Anne's point of view, though - I didn't really care for Mary ...