Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Author Clarke, Susanna
Language English
Publisher
New York: Bloomsbury, 2015




Annotation:

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.



Subjects :

  • England Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • York (England) Fiction
  • Magicians Fiction
  • Fantasy Fiction
  • Fairies Fiction
  • Regency Fiction
  • Cxp
  • London (England) Fiction
  • Teacher-student Relationships Fiction
  • Magicians Fiction History

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Best Books :

  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2005 Supplement, 2005 , None

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Reading Measurement Programs:


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Accelerated Reader

Interest Level UG
Accelerated Reader Points 52

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Reviews :

Pam Harwood (BooksForKeeps)
Neither the vogue for children's fantasy, nor the formidable length of J K Rowling's schooldays megajapes, nor yet the popularity of Philip Pullman's dodgy metaphysics, should deceive anyone into supposing that this too is a children's book. Sophisticated teenagers who have gone past both Rowling and Pullman may find it the next port of call on a reading journey, but that is true for any age thereafter. This is not a 'crossover' book. It is for grown-ups, young and old. Its nearest equivalent that I can think of in children's literature is none of the current bestsellers but the neglected masterpieces of Joan Aiken, such as Black Hearts in Battersea, with which it shares the device of alternative English history. The book is massive. Its regular typeface is small, but in even smaller print are numerous enjoyable mock-academic footnotes, scrupulously referencing non-existent scholarship. Part of this book's game is to tell us almost nothing about the author, but to annotate the typeface in detail. At one level, the novel is an enormous joke. At another, it is a wonderfully inventive, original, terrifying revelation of the perils that come om reawakening the lost arts of practical magic. At another, it is a moving love story, in line of descent from Orpheus and Eurydice. Clarke's Orpheus figure, the young magician Jonathan Strange, successfully achieves a rescue from the underworld, although a costly one. All this in what is also a kind of historical novel, set during the Napoleonic wars. Such disparate elements ought not to blend effectively. They do, in part because of the central, ever-evolving relationship between England's two magicians, Strange and Norrell, and in part because of the author's versatile, apt and elegant narrative. A bunch of self-satisfied scholars in York, for whom magic has long shrunk to erudite theory, little know what they're letting themselves in for when they stir real magic up. Nor does the reader, setting out on this immense, strange fiction. For adventurous, committed adolescent readers, it holds inexhaustible surprises and delights. Category: 14+ Secondary/Adult. Rating: ***** (Unmissable). ...., Bloomsbury, 800pp, 17.99 hbk. Ages 14 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury (London:), PUBLISHED: 2004.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
A starred or boxed review indicates a book of outstanding quality. A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starred or boxed review.\n\nJONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL\nSusanna Clarke\n. Bloomsbury\n, $27.95 (800p) ISBN 1-58234-416-7\n\nThe drawing room social comedies of early 19th-century Britain are infused with the powerful forces of English folklore and fantasy in this extraordinary novel of two magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon. In Clarke's world, gentlemen scholars pore over the magical history of England, which is dominated by the Raven King, a human who mastered magic from the lands of faerie. The study is purely theoretical until Mr. Norrell, a reclusive, mistrustful bookworm, reveals that he is capable of producing magic and becomes the toast of London society, while an impetuous young aristocrat named Jonathan Strange tumbles into the practice, too, and finds himself quickly mastering it. Though irritated by the reticent Norrell, Strange becomes the magician's first pupil, and the British government is soon using their skills. Mr. Strange serves under Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars (in a series of wonderful historical scenes), but afterward the younger magician finds himself unable to accept Norrell's restrictive views of magic's proper place and sets out to create a new age of magic by himself. Clarke manages to portray magic as both a believably complex and tedious labor, and an eerie world of signs and wonders where every object may have secret meaning. London politics and talking stones are portrayed with equal realism and seem indisputably part of the same England, as signs indicate that the Raven King may return. The chock-full, old-fashioned narrative (supplemented with deft footnotes to fill in the ignorant reader on incidents in magical history) may seem a bit stiff and mannered at first, but immersion in the mesmerizing story reveals its intimacy, humor and insight, and will enchant readers of fantasy and literary fiction alike. Agent, Jonny Geller.\n (Oct.)\n\nForecast:\n A massive push by Bloomsbury has made this one of the most anticipated novels of the season. It's convenient to pigeonhole it as Harry Potter for grownups—and grown-up readers of J.K. Rowling will enjoy it—but its deep grounding in history gives it gravi\ntas as well as readability. 200,000 first printing; rights sold in 14 countries.\n"
(PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2004.)

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Series :

The Bloomsbury phantastics-

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Bloomsbury, 2015

Media Type: Language Material
1006 pages:
PR6103.L375 (823/.92)
9781620409909
London: Bloomsbury, 2009

Media Type: Language Material
1 v. ;
(823.92)
1408803445
9781408803448
Originally published 2004.
New York: Tor, 2006

Media Type: Language Material
1006 p.:
PR6103.L375 (823/.92)
0765356155
9780765356154
Originally published New York: Bloomsbury 2004.
London: Bloomsbury, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
1006 p. ;
(823.92)
0747579881
9780747579885
First published 2004.
Formerly CIP.
New York: Bloomsbury:, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
846 p.:
PR6103.L375 (823/.92)
9781582346038
1582346038
Reprint. Originally published 2004.
London: Bloomsbury, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
1006 p.:
(823.92)
0747590052
9780747590057
Formerly CIP.
London: Bloomsbury, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
3 v. ;
(823.92)
9780747582090
0747582092
Formerly CIP.
In slipcase.
London: Bloomsbury, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
782 p.:
(823.92)
9780747574118
0747574111
9780747570554
0747570558
Formerly CIP.
New York: Audio Renaissance, 2004

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
26 sound discs (32 hr.):
PR6103.L375 (823/.92)
9781593977412
1593977417
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New York: Bloomsbury:, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
782 p.:
PR6103.L375 (823/.92)
9781582344164
1582344167
[New York NY]: Macmillan Audio, 2004

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
26 CDs (32 hr. 5 min.):
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Bloomsbury (London:), PUBLISHED: 2004.,

Media Type:

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9781582344164
9780765356154
0747570558
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9781593977412
0765356155
9780747574118
1582344167
9781582346038
0747574111
1593977417

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