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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
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Feb 12, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: Garrett Forsgren
Recommended for: Brad Hart
Read in January, 2007

Before cozying down with this book it would help the reader to know a little about british folk lore. In particular that fairies where not thought to be tiny winged creatures who flew around granting the wishes and whims of humans. They were thought to be immortal creatures who resembled humans and interfered in the lives of mortals more as entertainment for themselves. However they where believed to have a ting of respect for the human who was magically inclined and could be of help to mortals when the notion struck them.

Susanna Clarke generally writes in a style you would recognize had you lived in the 18th century. It takes a little getting use to but I found it charming and refreshing. She is an imaginative story teller. I would recommend this book to any one looking for something a little different from the usual tales of today and found it interesting and enjoyable.
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Malcolm I especially enjoyed this book as a follow-up to "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell." Clarke does a good job of re-telling these old stories.

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