Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Why this book?
I could praise Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell all day: it is one of my very favourite books! At 782 pages, which includes numerous footnotes, it might seem a daunting task for a reader, but I would have easily enjoyed a novel twice its length. The novel’s style of writing is beautifully detailed and has a wry British humour that is a pleasure to read. The magic is seamlessly woven into the land and culture of England. We don’t learn much about a magic system so much as glimpse touches of magic that are the true basis and history of the world, and this “wild” magic is what is so captivating and keeps the reader curious and eager to learn more.