Book Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

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I have spent two weeks with my nose in this book.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a thousand pages long, but its spell extends beyond the pages. Its charm is bolder than its eye-catching cover; this book provides complete immersion in a story I wished would last longer.

It tells of the movement to restore English magic. It’s full of clever political strife, well-written battles, pesky faeries and beautiful forests. Faeries favor the least likely people; those with power and authority often lose faster.

With her magical style, Susanna Clarke takes historical fiction and gives it new depth. She takes England and enchants it with a new system, dynamic characters, and plot twists that creep up to the very end.

If you want a good work of escapism, I recommend this book. It will take some of your time, but I promise you’ll be glad you gave it.

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1 thought on “Book Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  1. I discovered this brick-thick book in college and loved it, and one of the little details that made me love it even more was the footnotes. Perhaps that says something about the kind of student I was, haha. There’s also a book of short stories titled ‘The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories’, and the title story includes a brief appearance by one of the novel’s characters.

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