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  1. Abigail

    Abigail Member

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    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Abigail, Jun 21, 2013.

    Has anyone read this book before? I went to 2nd and Charles and I asked one of the employees for book suggestions. He asked me what I liked, and I said one of my favorite books was The Night Circus. He then reccommended this book. I started reading it, it seens weird but I like it so far. Has anyone else read this? If so, thoights?
     
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    "Weird" is right, but I enjoyed it.
     
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    Without doubt one of my favourites (living in the York, UK at the time I read it was definitely a bonus as the story begins there). It is an entertaining blend of period politicing, a compelling alternate history and dangerous magic. Persevere, for it is lengthy but rewarding. It's is subtle, unnerving and believable.
     
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    My first thought: Morgenstern's The Night Circus is an awesome book :agreed:

    Was caught in a little village in Scotland without anything to read. Ran into the nearest charity shop, grabbed the most interesting cover (and what a beautiful cover it was!). Happened to be Night Circus.

    I have read Strange & Norrell. As the title suggests, it is rather strange. In a good way. Very atmospheric. I enjoyed it, but found it a little long, perhaps. I am one of these people who is put off by heavy tombs. That's why I like Kindles - every book weighs the same ;)

    Apparently it's been adapted for TV in 2014, UK.
     
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    I felt like the structure of Strange and Norrell was a bit off, at least for my taste. I loved the premise and really enjoyed the first chunk of the book while I was learning about the world, but then everything kind of wandered off in weird directions, and I felt like the main characters didn't really have much agency in the resolution of the plot.
     

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