BookBrowse Reviews Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
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    Sep 2004, 800 pages
    Sep 2005, 800 pages

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Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing. Alternate History/Fantasy

From the book jacket: Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.

Comment: Set in early 19th century England, this book is historically accurate in almost every way, except for one fundamental difference; in Clarke's world, English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call, but by the early 1800s practical magic has died out, leaving only committees of theoretical magicians. At least, practical magic is believed to have died out until Mr Norrell, a deeply dull, reclusive bookworm who through years of diligent study has taught himself the mysteries of the ancient arts, takes his nose out of his books long ...

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