Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

"The book is about the greed and wonder scholars feel in the presence of books; the perils of marrying a magician and thus attracting the attention of the selfish and amoral faeries; the satisfactions we can only achieve by conversing with other people who are devoted to the same obscure pursuits we ourselves cannot live without. It is, in short, a book about the irrational love of knowledge, the past, the unknown, and the beloved. Since the only kind of love worth talking about is irrational, and the irrational is usually dangerous, it may follow that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a demonstration of the perils and pleasures of attempting to master that which one loves but does not understand."