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Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr NorrellJonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While not a book for everyone, I do admit there is a lot here to enjoy. It is not a page-turner, and it does not feature the expected archetypes of the genre. It occupies a strange place between fantasy and history where there is as much humour to be found in historical cameos as there are potions and incantations.

But be warned: it is not a light read. It has just enough pull to keep you engaged, but loses itself in its wordsmithing just enough to be a bit dreary on occasion. While tightening may have improved its pacing, the loss incurred to other aspects would be felt.

So it may not be for you, but it will certainly be most enjoyable for some. I, for one, am quite glad I stuck around for the full 1,000 pages.



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