Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke , Bloomsbury, 800 pages (September 30, 2004). ISBN:0747570558
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Susanna Clark, in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, combines the magical and everyday worlds as surely as J.K. Rowling and Philip Pullman. She also produces drawing room comedy and narrative pleasure worthy of Austen and Dickens.
Gilbert Norrell becomes England’s leading magician by turning the statutes of York Cathedral into living beings, and bringing a young woman back from the dead. Jonathan Strange is hired as his pupil and becomes increasingly obsessed with the Raven King—a medieval magician. The tension between Norrell's civilised magic and Jonathan Strange's wilder version drive the plot.
The novel's characters include Wellington, Napoleon and Bryon, and all the romantic locations associated with them. With such a cast and locations, combined with Susanna Clarks' superb prose, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell continues to enchant thoughout its 800 pages.
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is for anyone who wants to combine the pleasures of modern fantasy and the Victorian novel.