Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell is a great novel for people who love to read fantasy novels. Set in the time of the Napoleonic wars, the purpose of Mr. Norrell was to bring the magic back to England. However, this was
not done until he had rounded up Jonathon Strange and the two appealed to the Parliament. From bringing the Lady Pole back from the dead to creating mischief on the battlefield, the novel is sure to please those who are indeed great magic lovers. Personally, this book managed to keep my attention with the constant references to England in the 1800's. However, the language in which it is written is of the same time period even though the book was published in 2004. If one can't bring themselves to read a book with over 1,000 pages or words
that are not in their present vocabulary, settle for Lord of the Rings instead. Clarke is more of a new breed of author and though her novel starts off fairly slow, it keeps the reader enthralled in the surreal world she has created until the very last page.

Shannon C.

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