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1 Dec 2010

not a review

I can't give a review of this book because it's utterly astonishing. I have not been gifted with the level of articulateness (!) that it requires.

but did you enjoy it?

I know that some are ready to challenge me to a duel if I cut it to shreds. thing is, I was skeptical before I even started it. It sounded vaguely like just my sort of thing, but I hesitated. I seem to be at astonishing odds in regards to reading material with two people who I like and respect and that touted its wonderfulness.

but did you enjoy it?

You know those desert island type questions? Well, I'm terrible at them. I can never think off the top of my head my most favourite whatevers. The best i've got is...
If I Were to Be Stranded on an Island I Wouldn't Complain If I Had The Following Books to Read List.

Four books that always seem to crop up are;
Don Quixote, Pride & Prejudice, On the Road, I Ching, Wuthering Heights.

Next place is now taken up by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. i can give no higher, or easier, praise.

so you recommend it?

Good heavens no! It's for a most Particular Type of creature. It would give the ordinary person odd and twisted notions about; French armies, enchantment, the questionable state of Portuguese maps, messy necromancy, respectable English magic and it's proper place in the nation, Borgesian footnotes*, the usefulness of faeries, kingship, London, the gentlemanly way to walk through a mirror, libraries, the use of capitalisation, and suspect paths through English country sides, among other things. And holding this 1000+ page tome gives your hand a cramp.

Do you see? You're better off without it. if you visit and ask to borrow it, I dare say you'll witness a most peculiar inability for it to release from my hands. In fact, forget I ever mentioned it. Susanna Clarke who? Never heard of her.

Here's a book I recommend instead, very safe.

* Please refer to Thou Art the Footnote: History, Theory & Practical Application of a Lost Skill, (2nd Ed), Yves Bookman.

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