Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

By Susanna Clarke

  • Release Date: 2010-06-05
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 170 Ratings)
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Susanna Clarke's brilliant novel is an utterly compelling, epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the way two very different magicians, who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the throes of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to be dead in England--until the reclusive Mr. Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Soon, another magician emerges; the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and the two join forces in the war against France. But as Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, he risks sacrificing not only his friendship with Norrell, but everything else that he holds dear. An international bestseller published in 31 countries, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a tour de force that has captured the imagination of readers worldwide.


  • Beautifully written

    By MacSteveH
    Very definitely not typical modern fantasy writing. If you like reading Elizabeth Gaskell you will probably like this. I thought it was teriffic and hope she writes another someday.
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Nor tell

    By Tudoterrier
    After reading this book and comments left in a review by Suzannah Troy, the closest comparison I see to true Nazi style thinking is Ms. Troy's "political correctness." Not only is her thinking vile, manipulative and hateful but also uninformed. If you are a reader that appreciates historical fiction and a writer's imagination, buy this book. Dry in places? Yes. Slow to develop...yes. But completely addicting. Suz I am glad you got a refund. You don't deserve to read this book. Check your brain at the door and drink some more Kool Aid when you request a refund for your Bible, To Kill A Mockingbird, and anything by Mark Twain. I just wish this book had the ability to pass magic onto the reader. I would make Suz's critical thinking skills reappear...
  • Page 42 Anti-Semitic Comment I asked for Refund

    By Suzannah B. Troy
    Don't spend your money on this book. BBC production did not remove anti-Semitism from it's production. She tries to pass comment off but it is anti-Semitic in my opinion her true colors. She describes Mr Norrell as wealthy as a Jew. The Nazi's spewed those kind of comments as they robbed Jews rich and poor, than tortured them, enslaved and mass murdered them. I asked for a refund.
  • Excellent read

    By Calvin|Hobbes
  • Tedious

    By Jerry Thomas
    I slogged through all 800+ pages of this book and kept hoping something would happen that would make me like it better but it never happened. The story is slow and boring, the foot notes are really annoying, none of the characters are especially likeable, and the book is about 500 pages too long. I could go on but I have wasted more than enough time on this book.
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

    By Pressiepoo
    This book is so utterly readable. Fantastic in it’s execution, as rich in it’s own imagination as it is grounded in history. One of the finest literary achievements of all time. A journey I’m taking for the third time. Thank you Ms. Clarke!
  • Fantastic, beautiful, thrilling, and imaginative

    By Pikuman
    This book is one of my favorite books right now, if you like Neil Gaiman than you'll like Susanna Clarke.
  • Long winded

    By Dan_Miller
    How I managed to read an 800+page book and find myself not further off than when I started is beyond me. Characters are interesting and the writing is descriptive. However, the plot is meandering and the story never really pays off.
  • How to make magic boring.

    By jenscarbie
    This long winded book did it. It didn't deserve the hype it received. It could've been better with a good editing to weed out all the superfluous bits. Don't get me started on the footnotes. If your name isn't Terry Pratchett, leave them out.
  • Yes. You are the only one.

    Giving up after reading only a fourth of the book does not quite satisfy the required focus that this novels requests. Maybe the above review was written by someone who should have picked up "Eragon", "Harry Potter" or any collections such as that which do not require literary patience or understanding. "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" is a marvelous tale, which boasts a magnificent, epic storyline with subtlety and elegance. It might not be for every reader, however, it is far from "boring", as mentioned in a previous review.