I just finished Volume I: Mr Norrell of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell and I had to use that quote in my title. As soon as I read it I started laughing and decided I should get a greeting card to send to my brother with this message. I'm a good sister like that. The Red in my blog name is indeed in reference to my hair color and mean comments about red heads usually make me laugh, especially the Ginger Kids South Park episode. Maybe the comment would be less funny if I was boy as I've decided girls are mostly immune to red-headed insults. But the book is about much more than the lack of handsome red heads!
The longer I read this book the more I like it. At this point the only complaint I have is the size of the book. I mentioned in an earlier post that this book is quickly pushing me over to the e-reader side of that whole argument because of the weight of it. I feel like a wimp complaining about it but after balancing it in one hand each day to read it I find myself contemplating very tiny books as my next reads.
--I want to warn readers that following contains spoilers so if you don't want plot points ruined for you, stop now.--
--You can read again! The rest is spoiler free. I know you're excited.--
I'm looking forward to finally meeting Jonathan Strange. He's been mentioned in passing in the footnotes throughout Volume I and there's a little of his history mentioned but for the most part he's a mystery man. But, since the next volume is called Jonathan Strange I assume we'll be hearing from him. And the blurb on the back of the book describes Strange as "young, handsome and daring...the very antithesis of Norrell" so I'm interested to see a more lively character.
Title quote from page 243
Image from page 107
Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London. 2004.