Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell by Susanna ClarkeJonathan Strange And Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell

bySusanna Clarke

Paperback | December 15, 2009

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Susanna Clarke's novel is an epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England—until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Another practising magician emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's pupil and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic and soon he risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear.

Title:Jonathan Strange And Mr NorrellFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:1040 pages, 7.85 × 5.1 × 1.85 inShipping dimensions:7.85 × 5.1 × 1.85 inPublished:December 15, 2009Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1408803445

ISBN - 13:9781408803448

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay exceedingly slow and a very long book. A bit confusing at times too. Overall, I did not enjoy this one.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow pace, but worth the journey Took a long time to finish this one as I kept picking it up in fits and starts and never really felt that compulsion to keep reading. But, I liked the writing and I liked the premise and then in the final third, it grabbed me. I had to know what would happen between the 2 magicians responsible for returning magic to England. Mr. Norrell is the first practical magician in over 200 years and he is determined to be the only one. Until he takes on a pupil, Jonathan Strange. Together they attempt to make magic fit into early 1800's sensibilities and wind up quarreling over what that means. Oh and fairies are real and operate their own kind of magic. The style of writing and tone are wonderful and I loved the footnotes which felt like reading an actual history. It was a fantastic way to add to the depth of the story by allowing for asides of folklore and expanding on characters without a need for useless exposition that never sounds the way an actual person would ever talk. (I'm looking at you tv shows that insist on having people call their siblings things like 'lil sister' or 'hey brother')
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long, meandering, and such a wonderful experience. Despite the seemingly endless story (or shall I say, stories) contained within this oeuvre, this classic, this forgotten history, I can earnestly say that this book is a revival of English magic in itself. It is unsentimental, Dickensian, and all-encompassing, without being cumbersome. The practical, somewhat political, and mundane beginnings of this novel give way to a spectacle of originality that is far more rewarding than expected. Just like the lights that people seem to think are present but can't seem to find, like the many roads and places of Fairy that confusedly wrap in and out of our consciousness, there is much to this book that lies on the threshold of our knowledge; tall tales and histories and details that we know are there, but can't seem to reach with our mind's eye. I know the book was written over a long period of time, and the writing seems to reflect that. The characters will suddenly take on a new air, pieces of information will be forgotten, the plot will take a sudden turn to suit a particular new development... It's as if the novel was set down for a time and resumed once again with another frame of mind. There are a number of characters and events that don't seem to add up. Much is left undone, or simply referential, which, it seems, only reflects the nature of the story itself. It seemed to arrive, out of a convention that dictates that the last page means the end of a story, at a decided ending. And yet nothing was quite resolved, nor ever hinting as anything further. It is the beginning, and not the end, of English magic
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Skip the longer footnotes This is a wonderful book, captivating story and despite the tremendous length and occasionally dry page or two very hard to put down. My only suggestion would be to skip the longer footnotes, in my case I found them to be witty and humorous but pulled me away from the story. Perhaps make a notation and read them later, they are not crucial to the plot though.
Date published: 2016-06-04