Everything’s Magic

Note to self:

Next time you want to start a 782 page book, do it after you’re settled into a home not before.

I really feel like I missed out on the “feeling” of this book because I had to read it in stolen moments of quietude. (Which is not something that has happened very often in the past few months.)

I loved the story and would recommend this as a perfect book to get anyone into the mood for next October. It’s not particularly Halloweenish, but the cover is reminiscent of Poe’s raven and the story is entirely about magic, a topic I find to be perfect for the beginning of fall.

Susanna Clarke has cleverly underwritten the story with footnotes and asides that make up an entire English history for magic. I was very impressed with her attention to detail as well as her commitment to her subject.

Don’t let the size discourage you, it’s an easy book to get into and a truly fascinating read.

2 Responses to Everything’s Magic
  1. rikki.o
    December 2, 2010 | 8:08 pm

    I loved this book! 🙂 You do have to “get into it” though. I almost gave up on it after the first chapter because the writing was SO “period” and I, too, was having trouble finding more than tiny moments to read. I'm so glad I pressed on. It's one of my favorite books in recent memory.

  2. rikki.o
    December 2, 2010 | 8:08 pm

    I loved this book! 🙂 You do have to “get into it” though. I almost gave up on it after the first chapter because the writing was SO “period” and I, too, was having trouble finding more than tiny moments to read. I'm so glad I pressed on. It's one of my favorite books in recent memory.