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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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Mar 31, 2010

really liked it

This is a wonderful book. So very literary, which can be wonderful when the author doesn't seem too terribly serious about it. There is a lot crammed into this book and i occasionally found myself annoyed at the tangents and side-stories. But whenever i found myself wondering whether a particular digression was really necessary it turned out that yes, it probably was. I'm not surprised, though, that this book seems to provoke a lot of strong negative reactions. I probably could have hated it if i had wanted to.

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