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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

By Susanna Clarke

  • Release Date: 2010-06-05
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 92 Ratings

Description

In the Hugo-award winning, epic New York Times Bestseller and basis for the BBC miniseries, two men change England's history when they bring magic back into the world.

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 his partnership with Norrell and 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.

Reviews

  • Mr. Norrel and Mr. Strange

    5
    By moffittmusic
    A most satisfying read! A narrative voice that has just the right shades and highlights of feeling, generous but never overcrowded descriptive detail. The rhythms and turbulences of this prose, and the intimate tone with which Ms Clark addresses the reader shows her joy in storytelling.
  • wonderful

    4
    By zrev01
    but long and sometimes dry

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