NYT: “Adult Harry Potter” by Susanna Clarke
Aug 02, 2004
Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine featured a piece on Susanna Clarke’s “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell,” a novel about a friendship of two gentleman sorcerer’s in London. (Registration required to view article, but it’s free and worth it.) Quotage:
The novel is being compared with abandon in the press to the ”Harry Potter” books, but it is not for children, unless they are children who really, really love footnotes. It is nearly 800 pages long, but in some ways that number feels arbitrary, as if the novel consisted of just those pages Clarke chose to show, and that she might have easily chosen another 800 from those she kept in reserve.