Book review – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

5/5

Note: this review was first on Goodreads!

There are so many things to say about this book. So many things I want to say, so many things I wish I remembered to say. But, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s amazing. Likely one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s a bit long and a good portion of it could have been cut out, but I loved how absorbed I got in the world. I listened to it at work. I listened to it on my way home from work. I listened to it on my way home from school. I listened to this over the weekend while I was doing chores.

All of the characters, in their own way, were likeable and unlikeable. I rooted for all of them at some point and time, then I rooted against them at others. I don’t think I can think of any other book where I’ve had that unique feeling.

Not only that but the tone of the book is perfect. It captures the old feel of Georgian times. Then, it captures the slightly mysterious and bewitching feeling that England has, specifically older England because this book is a mix of Georgian and the early Plantagenet rule to it. Then, there’s the slightly creepy feel of magic to it. Basically, the perfect book for October since it really feels creepy, mysterious, and bewitching.

Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year and I’m going to have to get a copy to actually read it instead of just listen to it like I did this time.


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2 thoughts on “Book review – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

  1. I love this book, so it’s great to hear you enjoyed it. Have you read The Ladies of Grace Adieu? It’s a companion book of short stories, also by Susanna Clarke, that looks at women’s use of magic.

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