Kim N ~ The Other Boleyn Girl

20 05 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl ~ Philippa Gregory

Another movie tie-in book… I really enjoyed this movie, and I enjoy historical novels so here goes nothing!…


I was actually surprised at how much I liked this novel, despite the fact that it was a daunting 672 pages.  I say daunting because even people who love historical fiction probably feel like they are never going to get through a historical novel over 500 pgs.  Regardless of the fact that I did enjoy it, it felt sooo long!  I had to take a break to read a different book in between.

While reading this book, I had many a conversation with Nicole on the way to work about how unbelievable the lives of people in this era seemed.  Can you imagine being in competition with your closest sibling for the position of queen, and taking crazy measures to ensure that you give your king a son – no matter WHAT the cost?  I couldn’t believe some of the things that Anne would do to try to secure her place – I just can’t believe that families pushed their daughters to these types of behaviour in an attempt to secure their future, and in an era when there is no such thing as secure!  Everything just changes in the wink of the next girl’s eye.  This book definitely deserves the tag ‘Scandals & Animals’!  Talk about being thankful that I am living in the 21st century!