Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands. Where does theContinue reading “Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Reviews of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

I remember when Bloomsbury launched Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in 2004, it was accompanied by one of the biggest marketing campaign in publishing history. Neil Gaiman called it “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic in the last 70 years”. There were planned newspaper serialisations and deliveries by horse and carriage, and themedContinue reading “Reviews of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Welcome to the Great Indoors: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi

The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; it’s Kindness infinite. Readers to their books, like parents to children, often find it difficult (and suspect it immoral) to pick favourites. It is not a dilemma that vexes me because I am blessed with clarity in this aspect. In the sprawling forest of my literary preferences, oneContinue reading “Welcome to the Great Indoors: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi”

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