Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

By Susanna Clarke

  • Release Date: 2010-06-05
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 172 Ratings


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 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
Rocky Mountain News critics' favorites of 2004

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  • Beautifully written

    By MacSteveH
    Very definitely not typical modern fantasy writing. If you like reading Elizabeth Gaskell you will probably like this. I thought it was teriffic and hope she writes another someday.
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Nor tell

    By Tudoterrier
    After reading this book and comments left in a review by Suzannah Troy, the closest comparison I see to true Nazi style thinking is Ms. Troy's "political correctness." Not only is her thinking vile, manipulative and hateful but also uninformed. If you are a reader that appreciates historical fiction and a writer's imagination, buy this book. Dry in places? Yes. Slow to develop...yes. But completely addicting. Suz I am glad you got a refund. You don't deserve to read this book. Check your brain at the door and drink some more Kool Aid when you request a refund for your Bible, To Kill A Mockingbird, and anything by Mark Twain. I just wish this book had the ability to pass magic onto the reader. I would make Suz's critical thinking skills reappear...
  • Page 42 Anti-Semitic Comment I asked for Refund

    By Suzannah B. Troy
    Don't spend your money on this book. BBC production did not remove anti-Semitism from it's production. She tries to pass comment off but it is anti-Semitic in my opinion her true colors. She describes Mr Norrell as wealthy as a Jew. The Nazi's spewed those kind of comments as they robbed Jews rich and poor, than tortured them, enslaved and mass murdered them. I asked for a refund.
  • Excellent read

    By Calvin|Hobbes
  • Tedious

    By Jerry Thomas
    I slogged through all 800+ pages of this book and kept hoping something would happen that would make me like it better but it never happened. The story is slow and boring, the foot notes are really annoying, none of the characters are especially likeable, and the book is about 500 pages too long. I could go on but I have wasted more than enough time on this book.
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

    By Pressiepoo
    This book is so utterly readable. Fantastic in it’s execution, as rich in it’s own imagination as it is grounded in history. One of the finest literary achievements of all time. A journey I’m taking for the third time. Thank you Ms. Clarke!
  • Fantastic, beautiful, thrilling, and imaginative

    By Pikuman
    This book is one of my favorite books right now, if you like Neil Gaiman than you'll like Susanna Clarke.
  • Long winded

    By Dan_Miller
    How I managed to read an 800+page book and find myself not further off than when I started is beyond me. Characters are interesting and the writing is descriptive. However, the plot is meandering and the story never really pays off.
  • How to make magic boring.

    By jenscarbie
    This long winded book did it. It didn't deserve the hype it received. It could've been better with a good editing to weed out all the superfluous bits. Don't get me started on the footnotes. If your name isn't Terry Pratchett, leave them out.
  • Yes. You are the only one.

    Giving up after reading only a fourth of the book does not quite satisfy the required focus that this novels requests. Maybe the above review was written by someone who should have picked up "Eragon", "Harry Potter" or any collections such as that which do not require literary patience or understanding. "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" is a marvelous tale, which boasts a magnificent, epic storyline with subtlety and elegance. It might not be for every reader, however, it is far from "boring", as mentioned in a previous review.
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