Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The international bestseller, reissued with a striking new illustrated cover and introduction by Neil Gaiman.In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England – until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and becomes an... show more
The international bestseller, reissued with a striking new illustrated cover and introduction by Neil Gaiman.In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England – until the reclusive Mr. Norrell reveals his powers and becomes an overnight celebrity. Another practicing magician then 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 wild, most perilous forms of magic, and he soon risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear. Susanna Clarke's brilliant first novel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who, first as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history.
Publish date: September 29th 2009
Pages no: 846
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Alternate History
Series: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell
This was a very uniquely told fantasy story. It’s set in England (mostly) in the early 1800’s, and the author tells it in an authentic-sounding manner. It mixes in a bit of the real world with the fantasy world, and uses some archaic words like “shew” (show) and “chuse” (choose) to add flavor. Th...
For anyone who might be interested, Corey Olsen is taking an in depth look at Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The class starts next Wednesday, 9/16/15. A link to the announcement post is here. Having just read this book, I'll definitely be rereading and listening along. And I know that there ar...
I "read" the audio book, performed by Simon Prebble. I say "performed" and not "read" because it is truly an astounding performance. And it is likely his performance that makes me describe the pace of the book as a slow burn rather than simply slow, as others have done. I was completely taken in by ...
Congratulations, Susanna Clarke! You have cracked my Top 10 Favorite Authors! *confetti explosion* I couldn't believe that this epic masterpiece was a debut novel. However, it makes sense when you discover that Clarke has a history in the publishing world and most likely has had time to learn the in...
Plot Summary from Goodreads: At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England--until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his p...