This Harry Potter-esq tale is a dashing good tale that weaved a bit of magic spell as I read it. Priced at just $2.99 don’t be surprised if it pulls a vanishing act soon.
I read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as a book club selection, so it wasn’t something I would have selected on my own, but thoroughly enjoyed. It is very long – 800 print pages- and the beginning is slow. But, say about 200 pages into it, you get snared in the cooky world and start to believe in magic. It has plenty of dry British humor and a bit of a dark side, but not enough to be scary.
Book Description: Susanna Clarke’s novel is an epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England — until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Another practising magician emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s pupil and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic and soon he risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear.
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