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Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Author: Susanna Clarke
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 846
Keywords: fantasy
Reading period: 1–9 January, 2010

In the year Eighteen-Six, it has been two hundred years since last a practical magician walked in England, when Mr. Norrell shews himself after many years of study. In time, he is joined by a student Jonathan Strange who later dis­tin­guish­es himself in the Peninsular War against the tyrant Bonaparte. But their most dangerous adversary is the capricious gentleman with the thistle-down hair from Faerie.

Susanna Clarke’s debut novel is a startling take on fantasy, evoking the work of Austen and Dickens, pitting madness against reason, exploring magic and Eng­lish­ness.

Highly rec­om­mend­ed.

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