So. What we have here is a page from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I've been reading this for weeks but I hope my pace will pick up, now that I've finished with a few tasks that had been taking up too much time, namely, studying and practicing for the GRE.
The first thing you will notice about this page is that it contains not one word of actual text. Well, there's text there. More precisely, the page contains not one word that is not a footnote. It is a page that exists solely for the purpose of footnoting the main body of text. Not only is this a page that exists tertiary to the story itself, but it is footnote continued from the previous page. And it isn't even the longest footnote in the book.
Nevertheless, I can't decide if I love or hate this phenomenon yet. There have certainly been instances when a footnote has seemed so unimportant that I cannot for the life of me determine why it has been included, and there have also been footnotes that I cannot for the life of me determine why it wasn't just a part of the damn story. I just can't deny that act itself has the effect of supplementing the character of the telling.
Have you read it? Your thoughts?