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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

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Two magicians shall appear in England. The first shall fear me; the second shall long to behold me Centuries ago, when magic still existed in England ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Louis@HoustonBookClub.com

My favorite fantasy since JRR Tolkien

by Louis@HoustonBookClub.com on Feb 2, 2012

I couldn't believe how I could have missed such a wonderful book. Not since I read JRR Tolkien as a teenager has there been such an entertaining book, and a magical literary journey. While it's not action packed or fast paced, it makes the pleasure last, like sipping fine wine instead of downing it ... More

auntmar

delightful read

by auntmar on Apr 3, 2009

This book starts a bit slow and there are too many characters introduced in the beginning to keep up with. But as you get into it, you are somehow transported back in time to the early 1900's and can witness the Napoleonic wars and hobnob with Lord Byron. The world of lost magical possibilities is ... More

greebs

Worth the lengthy read

by greebs on May 10, 2007

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Susanna Clarke's debut novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is not the tales of magic, the land of Fairie, the way the English supposedly cast spells over Napoleon Bonaparte to win the war...but the fact that Clarke got a 800-plus page novel published as her very ... More

VoraciousReader

A New Favorite

by VoraciousReader on Apr 2, 2007

Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell follows the lives of two English magicians during the era of the Napoleonic Wars. Mr. Norrell is a solitary, cautious magician and Jonathan Strange is young, sociable, and enjoys taking risks. For a time they work together to bring magic back to England, but soon it ... More

greenenvelope

*yawn*

by greenenvelope on Feb 15, 2007

I got through two thirds of this book and I finally got tired of waiting for something interesting to happen. The premise of magic in a Jane Austen-type of setting is what lured me in, but the pacing in this book is so poor that I couldn't stick with it. Clarke is not a bad writer, but she ain't no ... More

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