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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars.

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England’s history. Mr. Norrell is reclusive and guarded, Jonathan Strange is more open and drawn to the wilder forms of magic. Eventually their partnership becomes strained. Jonathan becomes more daring in his magic and risks losing everything he holds dear.

This book follows the lives of two magicians, Mr. Norrell and his student, Jonathan Strange. At an eye popping 1006 pages (paperback), this book pretty much gives every last detail of their journey both together and separately. Included in the story is a long list of characters that add to it and make it one of the best books I have read in a long time. Sounds good right? Of course! But here’s the thing: Would I recommend this book? Well, that depends. Since it reads more like a historical fiction with footnotes included (yes, there are footnotes….lots of them), I cannot say I would recommend it to just anyone. So I’ll put it this way….If you are looking for a quick read (see 1006 pages above) with some magic included, a few laughs, and think this would be just like reading Harry Potter (which I love btw), then this is not the novel for you. If you like books that take their time telling a story, plays on all your emotions, has that dry British humor that not all people get, and has a Dickens like feel to them, then you might want to give this one a shot. I’m glad I did.

Available on Amazon at the link below:

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

 

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This entry was posted on March 31, 2016 by in Books I've read.
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