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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell



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Author
Clarke, Susanna
Descriptors
Faeries
Fantasy
First Novels
Humor
Literate Fiction
Magic
Magicians
Marriage
Winter
Location/Setting:
England
Spain
Time Period:
19th Century
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Summary
This bestseller chronicles the efforts of two very different men as they work to restore English magic to its former prominence. Many obstacles lie in their path: political intrigue, the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte, the hostile intentions of a Faerie noble, and even each other. Norrell is studious, reclusive, and controlling. Strange is charismatic, popular, and daring. Can these two quarreling magicians really be the last hope of reviving England's great magical tradition?
Critique
Written in a very British style, complete with a distinctive wry sense of humor and knowing asides from the author. Historical figures and events mingle with fictional ones to further enhance the story's flavor and setting. The result is a fantastical, yet down-to-earth tale that invites the reader to believe that there really is a glorious history of English magic that is returning to life before their eyes. Reviewed by Mike Ward.
ISBN
1582344167
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# of Pages
800
Published
2004
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Reviewer's Initials: RW DZ


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