Happy Monday! Is it bad that I’ve only been at work for an hour and I’m already eager for this week to be over? Can anyone else relate? Anyway, Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. I use a random number generator to choose a book on my Goodreads TBR to discuss. Today, the random number generator chose number 300 which is….
“English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.
But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.
All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear. ”
I have to be upfront, this is going to stay on my TBR because I hope someday, I’ll get around to reading it but it’s definitely not a high priority for me. Mostly because it’s 1006 pages (according to Goodreads) and I don’t have the best track record with slow, huge tomes like this one. I’ve also read the humor in this is extremely dry and it’s written like a Jane Austen novel, so even if I do try to pick it up soon, I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through it without DNF’ing. I do have it on my physical TBR shelves though because my boyfriend owns a copy that he said he’d let me read. Maybe someday I’ll feel adventurous and give it a go. I assume it’s famous for a reason. For now, it’ll stay on my Goodreads TBR but I’m not sure it’ll stay there for long. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought!