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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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Aug 06, 2009

it was amazing

This book-- this big, fat book-- utterly amazed me. The language is gorgeous (and maybe if you don't much care for Victorian novels, you won't like that.) The story is a fresh and original mixture of "history" and "scholarship" and magic. I found it delightful, engrossing and sometimes deeply moving.

I peeked into the book at a used bookstore just because I'd read good reviews-- and found that I simply had to have it in order to follow up on one plot line that I'd encountered. I couldn't rest until I knew what would happen to the young wife who'd been enthralled by the Fairy King. When I started reading properly from the beginning-- I found ANOTHER plotline that I simply had to look ahead at! This is a rare occurrence with me-- I'm more likely to be able to guess how a plot will turn out, and not be surprised either.

Furthermore, that hardbound copy that I bought at the used bookstore must have weighed at least three pounds-- and I happily lugged it back and forth with me on BART and to work just so I could spend all my free moments with Jonathan Strange.

All of which to say-- this book is worth a look. There are reasons why some people might not enjoy it, but if you aren't one of those people, you'll be glad you read it. Glad, glad, glad.

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Quotes Kate Liked

Susanna Clarke
“Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange.
Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might,” he admitted, “but a gentleman never could.”
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

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