Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and 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 Year
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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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Aldair Apodacashared an impression4 years ago
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A novel very well written, with a few dozen side notes detailing the historical/magical rectifications of the narrative. Though there is no action or real plot until the end of the novel, it is entertaining and carries a considerable amount of original imagery.

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utiutshas quoted10 months ago
one point he became so agitated that he began to sway backwards and forwards – which, taken in conjunction with his height and whitish clothes, gave him the appearance of a silver-birch tree in a high wind.
Alisa Maximova
Alisa Maximovahas quoted4 years ago
I have been considering the matter and I believe it is the first duty of every modern magician to publish.
Aldair Apodaca
Aldair Apodacahas quoted4 years ago
I do not know that tonight’s proceedings might not inspire me to try again – a tragi-comedy, telling of an impoverished minister’s desperate attempts to gain money by any means, beginning with a mercenary marriage and ending with sorcery. I should think it might be received very well. I believe I shall call it, ’Tis Pity She’s a Corpse.”

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