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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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Aug 17, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, science-fiction-alternate-history
Read from May 30 to August 10, 2012

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel

I was grabbed from the start. “Magicians study magic , why should anyone expect more!”
A gentleman could not DO magic. Fortunately Mr. Norrel teaches these gentlemen otherwise.
Still, it took me a long time to read this book. I found myself visiting it between other smaller books and short stories. Not because it was bad but more due to the fact it was like a good serial, better read in instalments.

I adored the footnotes. They lent to the atmosphere of reading a history book as opposed to a fantasy. Somehow this made her characters more real to me. I could really picture Norrel snottily addressing practical magicians as if the were all charlatans and Strange's pain at always being held back by Mr. Norrel. Add into the mix a true historical battle between France and England and some not so nice faery and you have a daunting but well written volume.

I think I'm going to have to reread this book soon and the next time without interruptions. Susanna Clarke has managed to write a magnificent story if you're willing to take the time to read it. I'll definitely be reading. I'll definitely be reading The Ladies of Grace Adieu in the very near future.
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Reading Progress

07/21/2012 page 322
38.0% "I am enjoying this book but I can't seem to concentrate on anything for too long so it's nice to read this in small bites."
08/01/2012 page 507
60.0% "I am enjoying this book but I can't seem to concentrate on anything for too long so it's nice to read this in small bites."
08/17/2012 "I am enjoying this book but I can't seem to concentrate on anything for too long so it's nice to read this in small bites."

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