Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
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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 powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.
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. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.
Time #1 Book of the Year
Book Sense Book of the Year
People Top Ten Books of the Year
Winner of the Hugo Award
New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Salon.com Top Ten of 2004
Winner of the World Fantasy Award
Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004
Washington Post Book World's Best of 2004
Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction 2004
San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2004
Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel
Chicago Tribune Best of 2004
Seattle Times 25 Best Books of 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 12 Books of 2004
Village Voice "Top Shelf"
Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2004
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One of my faves
This is the most refreshingly entertaining book I've read in a long time. Clarke does a phenomenal job with her descriptive writing and symphony of common-day witty conversationalism of pre-industrial London. Almost steampunk in nature, her design is both aesthetic and entertaining, a wonderful choice for medium+ difficulty readers. Absolutely one of my faves!
This brings back memories
This was one of the first books i read after graduating from college. I read it in hard copy (sadly e-books did not exist) but it was great. It mixes reality with magic in a way that is very easy to immerse yourself in and I found the ending to be quite unpredictable. Its like a fantasy thriller. I hop you enjoy.
Am I the only one?
I couldn't get through the first 1/4 of this book. Writing style is terrible and the plot is absolutely the most boring thing I have ever read. Perhaps it picks up but I can no longer stand to read another page. I am still asking myself how this book got such good reviews.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Jun 05, 2010
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
- Seller: INscribe Digital
- Print Length: 800 Pages
- Language: English