Susanna Clarke’s Collection

October 21st, 2006

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is a blend of “fact with fairytale in this collection of offcuts from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.”

lt is reviewed here.

Love, C.

6 Responses to “Susanna Clarke’s Collection”

  1. Lois Tiltonon 21 Oct 2006 at 7:13 pm

    The December F&SF has one of these outtakes.

  2. Kate Elliotton 21 Oct 2006 at 7:38 pm

    I am not much of a short story reader, as short stories don’t particularly flip my wicket, but I will probably get this (one it is out in trade paperback) because I admired Strange & Norrell so much. The footnotes alone were worth the price of admission.

  3. Janieon 25 Oct 2006 at 9:37 am

    It is *distant reading* but I am really enjoying Strange and Norrell, and I know I’ll like the short stories. I just read one of her stories in another anthology and it was very good.

    A collection of stories is always a mixed bag.

  4. David Louis Edelmanon 31 Oct 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Someone please tell me that Strange and Norrell was worth it in the end. I abandoned it about 400 pages in, because the plot was absolutely glacial and the author hadn’t in all that time remotely set up the rules of her magical world. Charmingly written, but I couldn’t see the point.

  5. Constance Ashon 31 Oct 2006 at 2:41 pm

    My personal opinion is that the novel would have been much stronger if an incident that is about 100 pp. long had been edited out — since that series of incidents and description had no bearing at all on the outcome.

    Other than that though, Mrs. Lincoln did love the play.

    Love, C.

  6. Lois Tiltonon 31 Oct 2006 at 11:13 pm

    I enjoyed it very much, including the digressions, sidetrips and footnotes. The ending, however, was frustrating. I would have liked to have seen excerpts from the various accounts of Strange’s life and career that the novel references, commenting on it.

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