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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Clarke, Susanna (Book - 2004)
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
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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 YearBook Sense Book of the Year People Top Ten Books of the Year Winner of the Hugo Award New York Times Notable Book of the YearSalon.com Top Ten of 2004Winner 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
Authors: Clarke, Susanna
Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 782 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Susanna Clarke ; illustrations by Portia Rosenberg
ISBN: 1620409909
9781582344164
1582344167
Branch Call Number: FICTION CLARKE
Subject Headings: Teacher-student relationships Fiction Magicians Fiction Fairies Fiction London (England) Fiction York (England) Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Teacher-student relationships
Magicians
Fairies
LCCN: 2004002402
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In a recent interview, Grossman mentions this title as an example of how fantasy fiction and literary fiction need not be mutually exclusive.

In this alternate-history version of England, the Napoleonic Wars are fought and won with the help of two very different magicians. This is the kind of big, wonderful, imaginative book you can get lost in for a long time. As of 08/14, it's also available on audiobook, both on CD and downloadable... Read More »

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic.

In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell's pupil. Available on e-book.

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 celebrit... Read More »


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