Thursday, 24 March 2011

Throwback Thursday #2

This is a great feature that Melissa at My words and pictures has been doing for a while and I wanted to jump on board! There are plenty of books out there I desperately want...

But what about all those wonderful books that are ALREADY on my shelves?
This highlights a book I already have but just haven't got round to reading yet!
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanne Clarke
Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me The year is 1806. England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country. Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very opposite of Norrell. So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.
A friend recommended this to me about four years ago and raved so much, I rushed out to buy a copy...and it's sat on my shelf ever since. It's a very big book and I keep thinking that I need a full fortnight to make my way through it! But I'm still told it's a great story, so I will read it - eventually!


  1. I liked it, but found it a very slow read. It's one of those books I didn't carry around with me, but kept at my bedside for when I had some uninterrupted reading time. Overall it was a beautiful book, and an interesting story, but a little too padded and slow-paced to be a favourite.

  2. It sounds interesting. Me? Na, I don't have a ton of books waiting for me to read them... *whistles and looks innocent*

  3. Oh, I've heard amazing things on this book too! And I want to get it. But, I'm scared of it. lol. Well, I know what you mean about the size of it. It is HUGE. And I'm afraid I wont be able to get through it fast enough. Oh, but I do want it too. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. :)

    And thank you so much for joining in on the Throwback Thursdays. :)