Mr.-Norrell

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Summary

I started to read this back in october for @bibliophilicwitch‘s readalong, then got terribly late and finally managed to finish it after … 10 months??? Tagging @heretherebebooks @masternamerofhogwarts and @birdiethebibliophile who wanted my opinion

Writing

The writing is really descriptive (maybe too much?) It succeeds in conveying an atmosphere, but it does so by slowing down the plot…

Story

The plot takes soooo long to start. The second half of the book is better pace-wise, and the last couple chapters really pick up speed. 

World

I enjoyed the way magic was presented and explained, and how the world got unused to practical magic for such a long while. 

Characters

There are too many secondary characters. At some point I became unable to remember who they were (aside from the main characters, and a few selected secondary characters that felt more fleshed out to me). There are also weird convolutions around these, and it muddles the plot even further. 

Conclusion

At first I loved the book for its atmosphere. Then I hated it for its slow moving plot. Then I enjoyed it again, but by then, 400 pages and 6 months had passed. Overall, I liked the book. But honestly, I can only recommend it to people who either really really love long descriptions and plethora of characters, or who know they can soldier through about half of the book. I know that for one, should I ever decide to reread this, I’ll skip straight ahead to part three.

❇ ⋆ ❇ ⋆ ❇     6/10     ❇ ⋆ ❇ ⋆ ❇

llehnsherr  asked:

oh, and since you're like the only person on my dash who not only read it but watched the show as well, jonathan strange and mr norrell

ooh lovely!! thank you again xx

  • favorite character: john segundus aka literal angel full of goodness
  • second favorite character: colquhoun grant my absolute BOY, he makes me cry and jamie parker doesn’t help with his TALENT and FACE
  • least favorite character: the gentleman (sorry)
  • the character i’m most like: probably flora greysteel in the book, i love how she is both romantic and sensible
  • favorite pairing: STRANGE AND GRANT FOREVER AND ALWAYS WHO REMEMBERS WHEN HE TURNS UP AT THE PRISON AND HIS VOICE BREAKS WHEN HE SAYS “MERLIN?” YEAH ME TOO
  • least favorite pairing: gentleman and stephen….. why?
  • favorite moment: in the series i love when segundus does the whole “there is a rose at your mouth” to stephen because it’s kind of homoerotic?? but also just a bit surreal?? i love it but, in the book, i cry every time i read the bit when king george starts playing the flute when they’re trying to sneak out of the palace
  • rating out of 10: 10 perfect

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