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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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A book by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative- the very opposite of Mr. Norrell. Astonished to find another practicing magician in early 1800s England, Mr. Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what … see full wiki

Author: Susanna Clarke
Genre: Fiction
1 review about Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

I can't believe I am saying this, but it is the truth: WAY too many words; so superfluous.

  • Feb 21, 2009
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Yes, I said it: there are enough needless words and pointless side stories/footnotes in this book to create 4 more novels. Now, some books are detailed, and account for the details later, but in the book, the author goes rambling on about the most needless things that do not come back around in the story. You could easy cut this book down to 1/4 it's original length and still have a great story, maybe even better.

Seriously, much longer than it needed to be. If the story were amazing (which it is not), then we could overlook this word-packing.

Now, as for the CDs, another personal pet peeve: the CDs do not alert you that you have come to the end of the disc. My CD player just returns to the beginning, so I have to drive another 5 minutes before I realize it is replaying itself. Some of the better CD sets tell you the disc has ended and to "continue on disc __", which helps a great deal while dodging traffic on the freeway.

If you must: get this from the library, but DO NOT pay money for it.

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