This is an extremely odd book that has a certain flavour of fanfiction and which for some readers will be addictive like sweet and salty indigestible pseudo-snacks, offering a kind of ersatz tastiness without anything satisfying. First off, it could have benefited from some good editing as it does tend to meander and ramble on at times. And yet, and yet I suppose Dickens comparisons may be closer to the mark — though to me it doesn’t have the colourful characters and social commentary of Dickens. Paginesonore Segnala un abuso. The ending is apparently the culmination of whatever the faeries have been babbling about for pages, although it’s no more comprehensible, or consequential, than any of the rest. United Kingdom , Instead of acting as recognizable archetypes, they were complex, conflicted, and developed as the story progressed.

I think the writing is fairly strong, but am not completely sure because the audiobook production is stellar and that could have influence that for me. Alternate cover edition can be found here The international bestseller, reissued with a striking new illustrated cover. Published in , it is an alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. In pages, nothing happened. However, to write a huge historical fantasy novel in the language of the time in which the story is set is a different feat altogether, and in Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Clarke almost pulls it off. Always the Raven King. But the shadow of the Raven King covers the entire story.

But phzntastic wouldn’t make my list of things I regularly recommend to fans of Miss Austen. At different times, both magicians are enlisted to help the British Army and Navy in the Napoleonic Wars.

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And it isn’t just the footnotes that do this. Sandman paying a visit.

It is rather long, and has all these ridiculous footnotes, and features many prim British socialites who say things like ‘Can a magician kill a man by magic?


This bloomsbbury was just not my style.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

This book does kind seroes hit several literary sweet spots with me: They have different opinions about magic, and while they start out as collaborators, they later become enemies. I freaking loved this book. I actually think the author is a good writer and bloomsbur the book was half the size and if the plot line had gone somewhere, this could have been a great read.

It took pages just to meet our second main character Jonathan Strange. I doubt Mr Norrell could have chemistry with anyonehe is as dull as a college term paper.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (4 star ratings)

I watched this video of Margaret Cho online where she hilariously bitches about how white people have to tell the same damn stories and history over and over and over again in the movies and blooomsbury boring that is. Seventeen translations were begun before the first English publication was released. I had to keep putting it down and coming back later in order to finish it.

And I love the idea of magic in an otherwise real setting, as though it were a normal part of our actual world. A good pages into the book we are introduced to Jonathan Strange, a neutral personality who has never settled on a profession tye long and, in what seems like a random impulsive decision, chooses one day to pursue magic as a vocation. This book requires great patience to read.

Reading thoroughly the story book, there are some painful and heart-breaking tragedies from the third, bloombsury, sixth and seventh we can be aware of.

What Clarke has written here is a history book, a book that shows off the incredible world she has created. She was educated at St Hilda’s College, Phanntastic, and has worked in various areas of non-fiction publishing, including Gordon Fraser and Quarto.

Unfortunately, it bloomsburry pretty short of it’s goal. View all 4 comments. This book is difficult to describe That should only be one ingredient to spice things up. The novel met with “a crackle of favorable reviews in major papers”. Get the item you ordered or your money back. Sending letters to the private Mr.


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She shows us a few major character, namely the two from the title, Strange and Norrell, and she lets us see into their lives of discovering and reimagining and reshaping the magic in England. Nowhere is there a connection with talent and magic; to be good you have to be in the right place at the right time and have access to these very rare books nearly all of which are hoarded and kept hidden from everyone by Mr.

However, the two magicians’ belief that this rhe Uskglass is mistaken, and instead the power pahntastic devoted to Stephen.

I very quickly grew sick of the debates about whether magic should be used or not. I could sum up Clarke’s use of dialogue in six words: Drawlight disappears and is arrested by his former friend, Henry Lascelles. I anxiously await the follow-up to the next installment as the slim collection of related short stories that followed this book left a lot to be desired. Retrieved 8 September Barely above fan fiction, and extrememly slow and ponderous as various arch characters have longinded drawin I was so looking forward to this books, and was so horribly disappointed.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The massive size of it alone, the footnotes throughout, and all of the historical references were pretty impressive.

Even better, Jonathan Strange finally entered the picture, and suddenly the novel got a whole pnantastic better. Hopefully for our sake that’s not 10 years away.