Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

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Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Fiction - Alternate History - ISBN: 0747582092, 0747580693, 0747579881, 0747574111, 0747570558

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“ ENGLISH MAGIC REVIVAL”

published 01/04/2005

Prointeresting concept, well written, great imagery

Constoo long, lack of character development, fails to...

Neil Gaiman said, apparently, that 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' is unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last 70 years. That is possible, though it does seem extremely generous, even if by English we take 'coming from England' rather than 'written in the...

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“Strangely Compelling”

published 30/07/2006

ProAn enchanting story

ConsThe footnotes can annoy and the language can be a ...

You can tell how far a book has reached into the public consciousness by counting the number of people you see reading it on the London Underground. It is relatively rare to see more than one person in a single carriage reading the same book and it's not that often you'll see the same book twice...

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“Mr Strange I presume...”

published 28/11/2005

ProGood story, well developed characters,

ConsVery, very long

I have been waiting to write this review for a month - no lie, this is how long it has taken me to get through this book! To be fair I haven't had as much time to read as usual lately, and my reading has been confirmed to my 10 minute train journey before and after work, but still, the first...

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Super

ProFiction and History linked seamlessly

ConsLongwinded at times and excessive footnotes

I received this book for Christmas after I read a review of it on Ciao. I'm a big fan of some fantasy and many magic based books, loving Tolkien especially. The main reason the book appealed to me was the historical setting. I hoped it would be a similar read to Tolkien in the fact that although...

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“Wuthering Hogwarts?”

published 11/01/2015

Proa wonderful cross genre novel

Consa large time commitment required

Trying to describe this mercurial book is a tricky thing to do succinctly, being that it crosses so many generic boundaries and historical styles. Pastiche would be a good starting point. Drawing the flavours of certain nineteenth century writers such as Jane Austin and Charles Dickens into her...

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Excellent

ProWonderful prose, very imaginative

ConsRather long (and thus rather heavy in hardback!)

Inevitably, some sources described this book as 'Harry Potter for adults', but that's not really accurate. Yes, it has wizards in and is mostly set in the British Isles, but the similarity ends there. It is a fantasy story grounded in the reality of the early nineteenth century, filled with...

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“Different but nice”

published 24/04/2010

ProKeeps you hooked

ConsEnding not great; too many footnotes.

At a time (19th century) when there are a lot of societies of magicians and a multitude of theoretical magicians themselves in England, there doesn't seem to be much magic going on. That is where Mr.Norrell comes in. He is a grumpy and uptight magician that holds the whole wold in disdain. He...

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Excellent

ProVery original and thoroughly absorbing

ConsRather heavy! (especially if you read in the bath ...

This book had me intrigued from the start. The story is of two magicians in England in the early 1800s Regency era who try and revive magic in a country where magic has been almost forgotten for hundred of years. The story follows the two magicians (Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell) whilst...

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Fiction - Alternate History - ISBN: 0747582092, 0747580693, 0747579881, 0747574111, 0747570558

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Author: Susanna Clarke

Title: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Genre: Alternate History

Type: Fiction

ISBN: 0747570558; 0747574111; 0747579881; 0747580693; 0747582092

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