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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke, Simon Prebble
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...Centuries ago, when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairies, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason... show more
Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me...Centuries ago, when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of them all was the Raven King. A human child brought up by fairies, the Raven King blended fairy wisdom and human reason to create English magic. Now, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, he is barely more than a legend, and England, with its mad King and its dashing poets, no longer believes in practical magic. Then the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey appears and causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. News spreads of the return of magic to England and, persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, Mr Norrell goes to London. There he meets a brilliant young magician and takes him as a pupil. Jonathan Strange is charming, rich and arrogant. Together, they dazzle the country with their feats. But the partnership soon turns to rivalry. Mr Norrell has never conquered his lifelong habits of secrecy, while Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous magic. He becomes fascinated by the shadowy figure of the Raven King, and his heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens, not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear. Elegant, witty and utterly compelling, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell creates a past world of great mystery and beauty that will hold the reader in thrall until the last page.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9780747579519 (0747579512)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Edition language: English
Series: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell
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YouKneeK
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3.5 Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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...
Moonlight Reader
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4.5 Lecture series through Mythgard Academy
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...
Moonlight Reader
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4.5 A love letter to books and readers
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...
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5.0 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, fantasy, debut, teh-brillianz, napoleonic, spring-2015, paper-read, re-visit-2015, tv, published-2004, summer-2015 Read from April 23, 2008 to June 28, 2015 [Bettie's Books (hide spoiler)]The shelving and star rating indicates my love of this b...
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5.0 BBC TV Drama: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange Bertie CarvelMr Norrell Eddie MarsanThe Gentleman Marc WarrenArabella Charlotte RileyLady Pole Alice EnglertSir Walter Pole Samuel WestChildermass Enzo CilentiEpisode 1 of 7: The Friends of English Magic: Determined to restore magic to its former glory and prove himself England's gr...
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