Jonathan Strange & Mr. NorrellBook - 2004
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 - A New York Public Library Book to Remember from 2004 - 2005 The Book Sense Book of the Year winner (Adult Fiction) - A PSLA Young Adult Top 40 fiction title 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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multcolib_dianaa Dec 03, 2013
In this alternative history of England in which magicians wield great power, it is fussy, pedantic Mr. Norrell and dashing Jonathan Strange who win the Napoleonic wars for Great Britain. This is the kind of book that seems dauntingly long at first, but then ends long before you want it to.
multcolib_belmont Oct 21, 2015
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.
multcolib Aug 19, 2014
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 »
multcolib_lauralw May 01, 2014
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.
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"He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands."
"There is nothing in the world so easy to explain as failure - it is, after all, what everybody does all the time."
"She wore a gown the colour of storms, shadows, and rain and a necklace of broken promises and regrets."
"Can a magician kill by magic?" Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might", he admitted, "but a gentleman never would."
"Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians."
It has been remarked (by a lady infinitely cleverer than the present author) how kindly disposed the world in general feels to young people who either die or marry. Imagine then the interest that surrounded Miss Wintertowne! No young lady ever had such advantages before: for she died upon the Tuesday, was raised to life in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and was married upon the Thursday; which some people thought too much excitement for one week.
what the other servants did not know was that the new manservant had a temper . . . that he was sometimes sarcastic, often rude, and that he had a very high opinion of his own abilities and a correspondingly low one of other people’s. The new manservant did not mention his failings to the other servants for the simple reason that he knew nothing of them. Though he often found himself quarrelling with his friends and neighbours, he was always puzzled to discover the reason and always supposed that it must be their fault.
On the second day Strange sat down to write another fifty of so pages and immediately got into difficulties because he could not think of a rhyme for ‘let love suffice’. ‘Sunk in vice’ was not promising; ‘a pair of mice’ was nonsense, and ‘what’s the price?’ merely vulgar. He struggled for an hour, could think of nothing, went for a ride to loosen his brains and never looked at his poem again.
The pattern of the pools had meaning. The pools had been written on to the field by the rain. The pools were a magic worked by the rain, just as the tumbling of the black birds against the grey was a spell that the sky was working and the motion of grey-brown grasses was a spell that the wind made. Everything had meaning.
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