Monday, September 25, 2006
A New Book Club Season
Tonight is the start of a new book club year for me and our group. Tonight we are talking about the book "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Phillipa Gregory. The book was set in Tudor England and recounts the life of Mary Boleyn, the sister of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn. I thought the story was quite shocking in terms of life in the Court in 1550s. Ms. Gregory is a PHD in history specializing in the Tudor era. I have been reading internet articles all about the historical figures portrayed in this book, only to find out that there are many inaccuracies in the actual novel. Historians stress that this book is historical fiction and is in opposition to many known facts. Why would a PHD include so many fallacies in her novel? To make it spicier and more interesting for readers in the 21th Century? It is a shame. People will take this novel for fact. It will be even worse when the movie comes out in 2007. I liked the book, but I am now disappointed to find several points were pure imagination. Oh well, I did search the Internet for more information on the subject, so maybe some good did come out of the reading. Read it yourself and you will see.