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Monday, June 6, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Rating: 4 out of 5

Jonathan Strange and Mr NorrellSummary: This is the story of two magicians. One that wishes to bring magic back to England, Mr. Norrell has forced many magicians to stop their magical practice as he wishes to be the only magician, and yet he wishes to bring magic back to England. He spends most of his time in his home reading his many magical books because after all, he contains the worlds largest magical library. Things are going great for Mr. Norrell, he seems to be doing quite well at bringing magic back to England and at making it a respectable profession. Then, Mr. Strange comes along and he happens up Mr. Norrell. Mr. Norrell decides to take on Jonathan Strange as his pupil but he works at stopping him from doing lots of magical things. Strange things tend to happen around those that the magicians come in contact with though. It seems that there is something haunting some of their acquaintances; they hear odd bells and weird music. Will they continue to work together to bring back magic or will other things get in the way?

My thoughts: I had a really hard time getting into this book at first. It is a historical book but it contains some of my favorite stuff: magic. I really pushed hard to get through this book and the farther along I got, the better it became. The story is simple and easy to follow, but  in the beginning it's kind of boring. Parts of the story are drawn out. However if you can get through the first chapters, the book becomes easier to like. It does get interesting but if you're looking for a fast paced adventure, this is NOT it. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is not fast paced at all. It picks up a lot near the ending and you think you're headed for a fast paced adventure or magical battle but in reality, it kind of fizzles out. However, I still gave this book a four out of five because I really liked reading about the fairy kingdom. I liked seeing a whole new aspect to magic that generally isn't put into books. Magic is just magic, it doesn't come from anywhere special and besides witches and wizards there aren't any other magical beings.  So I did enjoy this book but some may find it kind of boring!


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