It was thought by some that sanctions could be used to maneuverer
Khartoum with regards to the ever-present Darfur issue, where thousands have died, thousands more are displaced and conflict continues.
If Ali Muhsin had been able to come out of this a hero and a more astute maneuverer
than his former close partner, then surely he has outdone Ali Saleh by achieving a more agreeable picture in history than his long-time fellow strong man.
Although he is indeed very intelligent and a great maneuverer
, things have gotten out of his hands.
The Guardian newspaper said Mantel "persuasively depicts this beefy pen-pusher and backstairs maneuverer
as one of the most appealing -- and, in his own way, enlightened -- characters of the period." The Times of London called "Wolf Hall" a "wonderful and intelligently imagined retelling of a familiar tale from an unfamiliar angle -- one that makes the drama unfolding nearly five centuries ago look new again, and shocking again, too."