"'Can a magician kill a man by magic?' Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. 'I suppose a magician might,' he admitted, 'but a gentleman never could.'"
I'm just making this quick post to share a PDF of (in case you didn't know by now) my favorite book ever, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. A very brief synopsis of it would be two rival magicians in an AU of Britain during the Napoleonic wars who revive English magic. One, Mr Norrell, is an unpleasant little man who spends all his time studying the history and practice of magic. The other, Jonathan Strange, starts out as a young and charismatic bachelor who takes up the practice of magic more as a hobby than anything else. A bunch of shit happens. Haha.
Hopefully someone out there who hasn't read it yet will pick it up! I must say it definitely isn't for everyone. If you don't like antiquated speech a la Austen and Dickens you probably won't like it. It's also an incredibly long read. But it has an awesome dry, witty humor and has the dark, eerie atmosphere of a winter wood. If you can make it to chapter 3, you're good. The journey you go on reading it and the characters you meet along the way are well worth the length, this book is the most satisfying reading experience I've ever had! Also, Lord Byron is in it. I could go on and on about it and probably have. I know I sound like such a nerd, forgive me, haha, I just really love this book for some damned reason. Apparently, there are talks about it being turned into a mini-series which I am not terribly opposed to.
So yeah, anywho - just thought I'd share the PDF for anyone who might be interested.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
And please share, too! Recommend me some good books to read over my winter break. All I do is read books for school these days. Any classics you think are must-reads (for a Lit major I'm really bad when it comes to having read most canon novels)? Any new authors you think are awesome? What's the last great book you read? Etc, etc. Yay literature.