Subject: Re: alternate englands: when?

Allison Marles apm at
Thu Feb 10 12:15:05 EST 2005

On Wed, Feb 09, 2005 at 02:41:19PM +1100, Roslyn wrote:
> >Dorian
> ><I've just started reading "Jonathan Strange and
> >Mr. Norrell".  It is firmly
> >in the Regency period; the chapters even have
> >dates on them.  A quick
> >check - it runs from autumn 1806 to spring 1817.>
> Ven:
> >Hey! I'm reading it too. Found it a bit slow at
> >first, kept checking the chapter list for when
> >the Strange fellow was going to turn up, but now
> >I'm well into it I find it is a book well worth
> >grappling with. Grappling in both senses, it is a
> >most weighty tome so I read it mostly in bed,
> >with the duvet bunched up to make a book rest.
> I'm currently reading it also. I'm nearly half-way through, and am finding 
> it most absorbing, though, like you, it took me a while to get into it.

I just finished it earlier this week.  It is slow-paced, but I didn't
find that to be boring or a drawback.  I found by the end of the book
I had a real sense of the time that had passed in the story.
> It's an awkward book to carry around, which poses a bit of a problem for 
> me, because, rather than read several books at once, which might involve 
> having a book at home, a book at work, etc,  I like to be thoroughly 
> absorbed into one book at a time and take it with me everywhere.

I ended up reading it at the table and in bed.  It's certainly not


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