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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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Oct 17, 07

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, adultfiction
Recommended for: if you read fantasy AND Jane Austen
Read in January, 2006

Wow, I loved this book! Rival magicians, fairies, and romance in a setting worthy of Georgette Heyer. It was a bit slow to get into, but once Mr. Norrell magically brought the statues to life in the cathedral, I was hooked. I loved the idea that George III was affected by magical forces to be crazy! I didn't even mind all the stuff about the Napoleonic War, because I liked Jonathan Strange, and respected his using his magic to fight for his country.
This is was what The Historian (a noble, but failed effort, in my opinion) was aiming for - history brought to vibrant life by seeing in through the eyes of a compelling character, with an element of fantasy.
Not for those daunted by gargantuan footnotes, though!
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