Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
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Susanna Clarke's brilliant novel is an utterly compelling, epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the way two very different magicians, who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the throes of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to be dead in England--until the reclusive Mr. Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another magician emerges; the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and the two join forces in the war against France. But as Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, he risks sacrificing not only his friendship with Norrell, but everything else that he holds dear. An international bestseller published in 31 countries, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a tour de force that has captured the imagination of readers worldwide.
From Publishers Weekly
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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.