Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Just finished reading this today. As much as I’d love to give you guys a full in-depth review…I’d rather not.
But I do recommend it, it’s wonderfully written, witty, and towards the end it is literally impossible to put down. It’s a sort of mix of historical fiction and fantasy but it is executed rather well.
I will say this, it was a bit hard to get through, not that the writing is difficult but it drags on a little in the beginning as some books tend to do. I implore you to get through the slow bits, it’s worth it I promise. It will be rewarding to see all the secrets revealed and how things play out.
Another thing to note is the characters. The character development is pretty on point at least with the main characters. By the way there are A LOT of characters. There’s a lot of everything to be quite honest, it is rather content heavy. It’s a long book but that’s because Clarke takes you on such a journey and really thrusts you into a 19th-century England where magic exists. There’s something like 200 footnotes, all detailing this rich magical history that she’s created and she did a great job. As you delve into this magical world you meet a lot of different characters. I have to say it was very hard to like most of them. That was another reason I found it hard to get through because I couldn’t bare to read about the villains in the story (or who I named as villains, it’s a morally ambiguous tale where the fight between good and evil really isn’t a priority) so I would put it down and brood for days only to come back to it and force my way through those specific chapters. I know that doesn’t sound pleasant but like I said before, the book rewards you for your patience.
Read it, (I think) you’ll like it.
oh dear, that was a sort of review wasn’t it?
oh phooey. *snaps fingers.