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Book Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

My review can also be found on Goodreads:

I’d heard from others that this book was difficult to read through, some of which gave up entirely after a few chapters. When I asked why, I was told that it was reminiscent of a Jane Austen book. Since I’ve enjoyed several of Austen’s books, I thought I’d give it a try, though I didn’t expect to get through it.

I truly enjoyed the writing, the style and the story of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. And let’s get one thing out of the way: If given a choice, I’d most likely consider myself a Strangite. I wonder if that might be a personality test. If you choose to be a Norrellite you’re this type of person vs a Strangite.

The story is full of all sorts of characters. And while reading, you might wonder why one was introduced only to be seemingly forgotten. Take heart and read on! You’ll find all roads, English and Fairy alike, will soon converge.

I’d love to explain more of the story, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. I will say this: the novel contains many footnotes. For some, this may be an annoying feature. But for me, it was an excellent idea! I could choose to pass over them or read them (I read all of them). What it offers is a means to continue on with the story, uninterrupted, while providing additional historical information should the reader wish to learn more.

If you enjoy novels by Austen, Doyle and other Victorian/Edwardian writers, you’ll be sure to enjoy the style and language of this novel. Beside that, a story of magicians working to restore magic to England (actual magic, not parlor tricks) was a great story. I’m looking forward to the miniseries.


2 comments on “Book Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

  1. rfeiertag
    February 5, 2015


    I had no idea there was to be a mini-series! I’ll be interested to see if it pulls off the complexities of the original. I’ll have to re-read this novel now. Have you read Clarke’s short story collection, *The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories*?



    • Elizabeth
      February 5, 2015

      The mini-series, if I remember correctly, is planned for December 2015. But I believe that release is for the UK. Not sure how long it will take the “cross the pond”. 🙂
      Although I’m really curious, maybe a tad excited to see it, I’m really trying not to get my hopes up. I’ve been disappointed my book to television or book to film projects many times before. I really hope they stay true to the book as best they can!

      This is the first I’ve read Clarke. Do you recommend her short story collection?


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