Wow, what an article by CNN and Guardian critic Kate Maltby on The Mirror & the Light and other work's by Hilary Mantel. About the Cromwell books, Maltby argues "Read all three together, and you realize we have been reading ghost stories all along." She makes a convincing case. For Mantel admirers, it's fascinating reading.
Excited to get my new copy of The Mirror & the Light by literary genius Hilary Mantel this morning at Barnes & Noble. Unless Mantel pulls a Tarantino on us, I think we know how it ends. But of course that's not what matters. My copy is 757 pages long, beautifully printed and designed, and the pages have slightly deckled edges. Can't wait to get behind Thomas Cromwell's eyeballs again.
The opening of The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel's third Thomas Cromwell novel, has just been published in The Guardian. You can also hear it read by Ben Miles. Well, this is beyond good news. And if the opening is any indication, this could be the best of the three. Mantel's writing retains all of its menace and humor. It will be published on March 5, which can't come soon enough. However long it is, it will be read in one sitting.
A recent piece in the NY Times reports that people who read books live longer, even when other factors are taken into account. Reading just a half an hour a day has real longevity benefits, according to the study. Well, you're exercising your brain, I suppose. And some books are as heavy to lift as dumbbells. Unfortunately the study doesn't identify which authors are the healthiest to read. If I had to guess, I would predict literary geniuses Jane Austen and Hilary Mantel are at the top of the shelf.