Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell Two magicians shall appear in England The first shall fear me the second shall long to behold meThe year is England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon and centuries have passed since p

  • Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Author: Susanna Clarke
  • ISBN: 9781582346038
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two magicians shall appear in England The first shall fear me the second shall long to behold meThe year is 1806 England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation s past But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send aTwo magicians shall appear in England The first shall fear me the second shall long to behold meThe year is 1806 England is beleaguered by the long war with Napoleon, and centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation s past But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains the reclusive Mr Norrell whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very opposite of Norrell So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms the one between England and France And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause trouble than they can imagine.

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    About “Susanna Clarke

    • Susanna Clarke

      Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham in 1959 A nomadic childhood was spent in towns in Northern England and Scotland She was educated at St Hilda s College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of non fiction publishing, including Gordon Fraser and Quarto In 1990, she left London and went to Turin to teach English to stressed out executives of the Fiat motor company The following year she taught English in Bilbao.She returned to England in 1992 and spent the rest of that year in County Durham, in a house that looked out over the North Sea There she began working on her first novel, Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell.From 1993 to 2003, Susanna Clarke was an editor at Simon and Schuster s Cambridge office, where she worked on their cookery list She has published seven short stories and novellas in US anthologies One, The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse, first appeared in a limited edition, illustrated chapbook from Green Man Press Another, Mr Simonelli or The Fairy Widower, was shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in 2001.She lives in Cambridge with her partner, the novelist and reviewer Colin Greenland.

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    • Sigh, just what we need, another revolutionary, unusual fantasy book by an author with a practiced mastery of tone. When will authors like Clarke realize that what the fantasy genre needs are more pseudo-medieval monomyths that sprawl out into fifteen volumes?Her magic didn't conveniently solve all of the characters' problems, instead, they wasted time thinking through conflicts and then had to solve them by taking action; how dull is that? The magic was weird, anyways. It didn't have a simplist [...]

    • Without a doubt the best book I have read this year. I write that without hesitation and with a beaming smile on my face. Incredible. Enthralling. Amazing. The book was over 800 pages long and it did not seem long enough. When I finished the book, I immediately turned out the light and tried to drift off to sleep, because I knew nothing else I did that night was going to top the feeling I got after blowing through the last 100 pages like a madwoman. I want to start it over again, immediately.The [...]

    • I so wanted to like this book. The idea is just wonderful. I was so pleased for a while to be in that world, a historical England. I love the dialogue and descriptions. And I love the idea of magic in an otherwise real setting, as though it were a normal part of our actual world. But it was so frustrating to read after a while. The footnotes, auuuugh, the footnotes. They were cute at first, because the book is written sort of like a history book from that period. But after a while they were just [...]

    • Although Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell turns out to be a book I dearly love, I'm afraid I can't recommend it to just anyone. Whether you'll like it or not will truly depend on what you expect it to be. If you wish for a fast-paced excitement then this book is probably not for you. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a blend of meticulously researched historical fiction and imaginative fantasy, sprinkled here and there with biting social comedy, and written in a style similar to Austen's, whic [...]

    • Jesus Christ, this book reads like molasses. It's like the author took every book from her Brit Lit class and consciously tried to make it wordier and longer than all of them combined. I get the point she wants to make, but I honestly could not get past the second chapter. It also was so incredibly pretentious. The whole thing has this superior feel, like having a conversation with someone who is absolutely reassured of how much smarter they are than you. It left me feeling bored, stupid, depres [...]

    • Book like this are not written anymore. This feels like it should have been published in the nineteenth century and not because of the obvious setting, but because of the remarkable writing style. It is very similar to Austen’s that I’m sure she might have been delighted by Clarke’s work. Well, maybe. But, either way novelists like this do not exist in this age, unfortunately. The writing has the feel of a classic, but the plot has the feel of a thoroughly charming fantasy.This is a work o [...]

    • If a novel of nearly 900 pages can be summarised in one phrase then Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell may, I think, be described as a stately, sly, witty, intricate, comic retelling of Dracula, with digressions and very little blood.Count Dracula takes life from beautiful young ladies, enslaves them, enchants them, enraptures them, steals them away, into his own twilight (oops, sorry) vampire world – they become something other than what they were, undead, not alive yet not dead, creatures whi [...]

    • Neil Gaiman said that this book is "hard to overpraise", I will make an attempt thus:While I was reading the second half of this book it occurred to me that I don't actually need to read any other novel ever again, I could just read this one book over and over again for the rest of my days and when the Grim Reaper calls I shall have this book clutched possessively in my stiff, unyielding fingers.Momentary insanity of course, but it is indicative of the devotion I feel toward this book. With in t [...]

    • If a writer is going to publish a book this big (thousand plus pages) then it must be very good, or the readers will never know about the thousands plus pages beyond the heft as they toss it aside or by the thickness as it is put back on the shelf.This book is that good.Using language correct for the time period (Napoleonic Wards era, early 1800s) and richly complex characterizations reminiscent of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, author Susanna Clarke has crafted a gem. It was the winner of and [...]

    • the hero of this novel, Mr. Norrell, is in many ways a stranger in a strange land, uncomfortable with base emotions and disappointed with the shabbiness and inadequacies of others yet always yearning for true companionship. a dignified, erudite, and refined gentleman; quietly soulful and elegantly restrained; commanding in his encyclopedic knowledge of the magical arts. the other character, a fey and unreliable sort apparently named "Jonathan Strange", offers fleeting friendship that is quickly [...]

    • In the beginning was a preface, and then an introduction, followed by some exposition, and then an opening. Looking through the reviews, it appears many people either adore it or hate it. Frankly, I'm in neither camp, because I can't work up enough emotion to care. It took a long time to become interested, and I finally had to resort to a strategy of reading only a few chapters at a time, setting free any expectation that this was a book that would pull me in and never let me go. It became the p [...]

    • Also posted on Fantasy Literature: Tadiana: This book is like a mashup of Jane Austen, or maybe Charles Dickens, and fantasy, with Regency-era British magicians and charming, vindictive and devious faeries. It creates an incredibly rich, complex and detailed fantasy world; the Raven King mythology is fantastic. The main plotline of this novel deals with the on-and-off friendship between two very different magicians: Mr Norrell, who is bookish, stuffy and reclusive, and Jonathan Strange, who's a [...]

    • In the early part of the nineteenth -century there arose in northern England, ( well one by the border of Wales) two powerful magicians, old bookworm Gilbert Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey, always reading in his immense, dark library, obscure, ancient, dusty books on the subject that he cares only about, magic, and young, tall Jonathan Strange, who inherited like his future short friend, tutor and rival Mr. Norrell, (not interested then, in wizardry) a vast amount of property and money. Around the cit [...]

    • Lately I became very fond of static pictures in my reviews. This book will have none. It deserves a very serious discussion and I feel the inclusion of pictures would provide a distraction from such. The best description of the book would be the following. Suppose Charles Dickens and Jane Austen had a love child – a daughter. A publisher was so thrilled by this that he promised to pay for a novel written by the daughter for each written word. The latter realized it would be a good time to take [...]

    • I finally finished! My paperback was more than 1,000 pages long, so this is a triumph. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a book that I started out loving, but the middle part dragged so much that I grew impatient for the story to end. I feel so differently about the two halves of the book that I wish I could issue two ratings.Let's start with what I liked about this novel. Susanna Clarke has a great imagination and a good sense of humor. The story is set in the early 1800s in England and fo [...]

    • After a hiatus of several centuries since it was actively practiced, magic is back in early 19th century England. Clarke has created an alternate, magical history, in which England had once been divided between north and south, and a temporal and a fairy kingdom. Stuffy intellectuals satisfy themselves with studying the writings of the past, forming debating societies. But in 1807 a person emerges who dares to actually practice magic.Eddie Marsden as Mr Norrell - from AMC networksMr Norrell is a [...]

    • Tired of your workaday lives,Need to get away for a while?Come, sit a spellLet Susanna tell you a story.We go to England in the 1800’s, a time of the Napoleonic Wars, a time when most people believe magic to be dead in England. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell are two magicians attempting, each in their own way, to change that and restore magic to England. I can admit that it took me a while to find my legs here, acquire my own rhythm with the writing and the story. In many ways this reads l [...]

    • This slow burn historical fantasy (it really isn't a proper historical fantasy -- it's really told much more as a straight historical and the fantasy is bonus) is one of the best novels I've read -- ever. Clarke never breaks voice or changes her slow, relentless pacing. It's a novel meant to be savored over the course of a month, not rushed through -- so that you can properly appreciate the rush of the climax.***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite [...]

    • Most books are not for everyone, and it can occasionally be hard to determine from a cover, a blurb, a sample chapter if something will be for you or not. And even if you believe something is for you, the book still needs to reveal and unfold and delight and surprise and strike emotional chords and climax and conclude to your satisfaction by its end, all while also possessing a writing style you respond to or at least does not detract from your enjoyment. So its sometimes a wonder we like any bo [...]

    • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is Susanna Clarke's bestselling Fantasy History Novel. And it is amazing, astounding, supertastical, and brilliant. These are all just a handful of the real (and created) adjectives possible to throw at this tome. Were one to enter into an adjective war this book would defeat them hands down. For the potency of the words inside is incredible. And having done so would commence to bury  in a pile of prose so powerful that I would be diabolically destroyed.Jonathan [...]

    • I have quite some things to say and so little time in which to say these. And now we have the great year of Proust may be some time before these things are said, time being what it is, holidays being what they are, and my thoughts being scattered as usual.So perhaps it's best to attempt the following:Comparisons with Austen are appropriate for the social commentary and the (at times gently and perhaps not so gently snide) remarks the narrator makes about the actions of the characters. But this i [...]

    • and the kitchen sinkmultaneously contemptuous and admiring of georgian culture and society, and possessed of many, many insights into the black heart of humankind, this book left me in a state of despair shot through with occasional palpitations of humor and excitement.on the whole, a vastly self-indulgent work—and as impressed with itself as we're meant to bee footnotes, see i love footnotes. but unlike, say, infinite jest, whose footnotes were by and large interesting and germane, these were [...]

    • At page 246, I'm throwing the towel in on this one. It's not that it's bad, it's really not. I just can't seem to get excited about it, and after this many pages, I want to be more eager to pick it up. I'm just not interested enough to find out what happens in the next 500 pages or so. I have so many other books screaming for my attention. Now this book is classified as fantasy and I don't usually read this genre. That's not to say I have never enjoyed a fantasy novel - I have in fact enjoyed a [...]

    • 4 - 4.5 starsFantastic story. One of the few that actually lives up to the hype. Be warned though: this is a loooong book and it is true that, from one point of view at least, it can be said that not too much happens in it. The title tells us what the two main sections of the book will cover: the lives of the last two true magicians in an alternate 19th century Britain. They are the bookish, annoying and altogether full of himself Mr. Norrell and the flighty, brilliant and altogether full of him [...]

    • I'd heard for a long time how amazing this book was, and I was decidedly unmoved by it. I did read the whole thing, and at 800 pages, that felt like an accomplishment. Clarke obviously put a lot of work into the back story, creating an entire historical library of magic that is cited in footnotes throughout. That kind of detailed work is, i suppose, admirable. However, I found the two main characters (rich white English men) boring. I couldn't bring myself to really care what happened to them, a [...]

    • Let us start at the beginning, shall we?I've seen the Jane Austen comparisons, and for a while, that was the truest description of the book. Oh, you had your magic, but it was all very clean cut and bureaucratic and properly filed out in a mix of social gatherings and book references. All very English, is the closest I can get to a suitable description. And so I resigned myself to collecting witty quotes while perusing a charming yet not so remarkable tale of gentlemen magicians.Lucky for me, th [...]

    • ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Let me say two things about Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell:1. This is one of the finest novels I have ever read. Ever.2. You might hate it.Okay, let me say more. I listened to this book on audio and, because of the language and humor, I was delighted from the very start. I listened for 32 hours and approximately 25 of those hours are rather slow. Interesting stuff happens, but nothing that's going to put you on the edge of your seat. It's leisurely and [...]

    • Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up wit [...]

    • The first adjectives which spring to mind when describing Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell are large, weighty, cumbersome, brickish, dense and leaden. Cheerfully these words relate to the 1006 page monster that this book is, not to the actual word content which is generally quite light, bright and breezy - I note some of the quoted reviewers within the printed brick said that this book had a sinister side. Well maybe, but only if you consider your own shadow slightly creepy and are scared by smal [...]

    • "I suppose a magician might kill a man by magic, but a gentleman never would." No other sentence quite sums up the atmosphere of Strange & Norrell. The tale of the two men, who in the early years of the nineteenth century, were destined to bring magic back into England. Told at a beautifully measured pace, in the verbose Dickensian style, the book oozes atmosphere. Redolent with footnotes, the facsimile of a scientific memoir where science has been replaced with magic. Much like the science [...]

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