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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke

Overview - The international bestseller, finally in paperback "Time "magazine's #1 book of the year - 11 weeks and counting on the "New York Times" bestseller list - Shortlisted for the "Guardian "First Book Award - Longlisted for the Booker prize - A Book Sense pick - "People "Top Ten Books of the year - Salon.com Top Ten of 2004 - "New York Times "Notable Books of the Year - "Christian Science Monitor" Best Fiction 2004 - Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004 - "Washington Post" "Book World "Best of 2004 -" San Francisco Chronicle" Best Books of 2004 - "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 - "Rocky Mountain News "critics' favorites of 2004" "- "Kansas City Star" 100 Noteworthy Books of 2004 -" Fort Worth Star-Telegram" 10 Best Books of 2004 -" Hartford Courant" Best Books of 2004 Susanna Clarke's brilliant first novel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two very different magicians who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The international bestseller, finally in paperback "Time "magazine's #1 book of the year - 11 weeks and counting on the "New York Times" bestseller list - Shortlisted for the "Guardian "First Book Award - Longlisted for the Booker prize - A Book Sense pick - "People "Top Ten Books of the year - Salon.com Top Ten of 2004 - "New York Times "Notable Books of the Year - "Christian Science Monitor" Best Fiction 2004 - Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004 - "Washington Post" "Book World "Best of 2004 -" San Francisco Chronicle" Best Books of 2004 - "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 - "Rocky Mountain News "critics' favorites of 2004" "- "Kansas City Star" 100 Noteworthy Books of 2004 -" Fort Worth Star-Telegram" 10 Best Books of 2004 -" Hartford Courant" Best Books of 2004 Susanna Clarke's brilliant first novel is an utterly compelling epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two very different magicians who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history. Sold in 21 languages, with a major motion picture from New Line on the way, "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell "is a tour de force that has captured the imagination of readers worldwide.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781582346038
  • ISBN-10: 1582346038
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: August 2005
  • Page Count: 846


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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Ten years in the making, Clarke's playful debut novel is a beguiling mix of history and fantasy that brings to mind some of the best British novelists, including Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and—best of all—introduces a good old-fashioned magician. The novel opens in 1808, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars. Mr. Norrell, a scholarly gent from Yorkshire who is an expert in the supernatural lore of England, has mastered the magic of the faeries and become a celebrity in his native land. His powers are so advanced, in fact, that he is able to raise a woman from the dead. At the urging of the British government, Mr. Norrell relocates to London, where he puts his powers to use by assisting with the war, and he is soon engineering illusions like an 11-day barricade of France by means of English ships created out of rainwater. His young pupil, an aristocrat named Jonathan Strange, has also become a proficient magician, but his ideas about the uses of enchantment differ from those of his teacher, and the pair's ideological divergence eventually leads to conflict. In the end, Strange's headlong and impulsive use of his powers threatens to bring about his own destruction. Clarke uses some excellent narrative devices to authenticate her tale; there are footnotes throughout, and she employs the vernacular of the 19th century. This wonderfully compelling novel, which was named the 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year in fiction, is a surprise sensation that lives up to its reputation.

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