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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
I decided to read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. I really need to learn not to start these epic length books, since I rarely like them. This one isn't bad so far, but it's definitely on the slow side. I'm around 350 pages in, and that's just barely over 1/3 of the book. I'm going to spend 3 times the time I normally would on a book on this one. I sure hope the pay-off is worth it.
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mercuryslavejq From: mercuryslavejq Date: April 23rd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just read that book 2 months ago. It doesn't get any less boring, IMO.
ryanlion From: ryanlion Date: April 24th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't think it ever picked up. It seemed to me that the author was trying to write in the style of Hugo or Dumas.

I'm not sure that the author really pulled it off, plus with a long novel by Hugo or Dumas you understand that you're reading a book from another era where there was no TV, or radio, or movies, or computers, and the upper classes had long afternoons to fill, there weren't tons of books to choose from, so you wanted a nice long one to keep you occupied. I don't think that style works today where it seems most people want a fast paced novel to tear through on the weekends, or after work for a half hour or so.

It might have been ok if I felt like it lived up to the literary standards of the style the author seemed to be emulating, but I'm not convinced that it did. However if you're a really fast reader, like Douglas is, it would last him more than a day or two before he'd have to go hunting for something else to read.
webcowgirl From: webcowgirl Date: April 24th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd recommend Remembrance of Things Past as being well worth the effort I've invested in it.
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