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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Jilid II (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell #2)

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Strange dan Norrell akhirnya bertemu dan Norrell mau menerima Strange sebagai murid, biarpun mereka sering berbeda pendapat... Lady Pole dan Stephen Black diundang ke acara dansa tengah malam di Hilang-asa... London terpesona pada Strange yang menawan serta pintar bicara, dan Lord Wellington mendapati sihir ternyata lebih berguna daripada yang d
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Published 2009 by PT Gramedia Pustaka utama (first published 2004)
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Michael Bibow-Finucane Sure, it is actually a fun book, which will also teach a little about European history too. If your son can listen to the Silmarillion, Clarke's book…moreSure, it is actually a fun book, which will also teach a little about European history too. If your son can listen to the Silmarillion, Clarke's book will be very easy. The Silmarillion is actually very difficult for some adults to read! lol. I would beware the footnotes, which you can pass over. Otherwise, there is nothing unethical or immoral in the book for a reader (or listener) of his age. (less)
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Mar 16, 2011 Christy rated it did not like it
I really really WANTED to like this book, but I couldn't. I didn't even finish it and don't plan to go back (trust me, I tried multiple times). While there are a LOT of books that I've started reading and walked away from temporarily either out of boredom or my ADD reading style, I've NEVER completely sworn off a book until the fourth time I tried to wade through this one. At first I thought maybe I don't "get it", but no, I've figured out it's the book not me.

First of all, there are footnotes.
Sep 15, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable book, as you can tell by the five stars. It starts off a bit slow- Mr. Norrell has a very bookish view of magic and neither he or his magic is very exciting, although he does set things into motion that drive the rest of the book. Have patience- things really pick up when Jonathan Strange enters the story and goes to Spain to help the Duke of Wellington with his battles. That prepares him very well as he struggles to right past wrongs and rescue his wife from his fairy nemesis. ...more
Nathaniel Gage
Jul 18, 2012 Nathaniel Gage rated it it was amazing
I took up Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for the first time when I was around 13. It was one of the longest (apart from Harry Potter) and densest books I’d ever attempted to read at the time, and given my then-recent forays into the world of video games my attention span was growing shorter by the day. Before I took it up for a second time, I had patchy memories of an extremely important Book, a prophecy, and magicians participating in the Napoleonic Wars. And also bits and pieces of a style ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Holly rated it liked it
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Jodi Compton
Mar 22, 2014 Jodi Compton rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading this, and I really wish my family would just leave me alone so I could totally immerse myself in it. You have to be committed--it's about 800 pages and Ms. Clarke takes her time to build characters and give the reader the feeling that he or she is, too, living in the early nineteenth century. I read a review of this book that said to read the first chapter--if you laugh out loud, go ahead and read the book and if not, put it down. I would say that's a good idea. There are ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
By the end of reading this book, I was entirely transported to the world Clarke had created. She explores the history of English magic through an older, conservative magician, Mr. Norrell and his younger more daring pupil, Jonathan Strange. Clarke is so thorough and detailed in her storytelling and it interweaves perfectly with the history of England. Truly a captivating and charming novel.
Dec 12, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
It was really long and really hard to get into, but in the end when discussing the book I realized that I liked it more than I thought.
Carlos Dominguez-agulleiro
May 26, 2016 Carlos Dominguez-agulleiro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hugo-nebula-wfa
This book had stayed unread in my library for years. What a mistake! Susanna Clarke engages the reader from the first chapter in such a way that the length of the book turns from menacing to promising. It features a decorated style of writing but stays amene and light. A deep construction of characters that act naturally in the framework of the story. This is not a simple bivalent story, with Good and Evil; at most,the forces that move the characters are curiosity and fear. But no action or subp ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Helena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. It’s a hefty tome and somewhat daunting at first, I could definitely see how some would find it dry. Personally, I liked the history and the building of the story, which served to immerse you completely in Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell’s world. My only regret in reading this book is that I chose to do so during the holidays and had very little time to really sit and read. At best, I ...more
Kevin Groosalugg
May 24, 2011 Kevin Groosalugg rated it liked it
This is quite an ambitious debut for Susanna Clarke. I was torn on how to rate this book. Most clear in my memory is the last 200 pages, which were very good. But then I think back to the first 600 and just how tedious most of them were. I find it amusing that she describes Mr. Norrell's stories as long and mostly uninteresting, when this is how I find most of her writing. She attempts to write in an Emily Dickenson-esque style, and while I found it off-putting at first, I did learn to appreciat ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Ronald rated it it was amazing
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This was a delightful book to listen to (, especially since the narrator Simon Prebble made the English characters really come alive. Many reviews have described this book as an adult version of Harry Potter and I guess in some ways it is like that series but I haven't read those books only seen the movies. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell had many unique characters and neat twists and turns. The use of footnotes to move the story along was especially unique. At many times I found ...more
Jun 07, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing
I really with Susanna Clarke would write another novel. As soon as I finished this, I ran out and got The Ladies of Grace Adieu, her collection of short stories. They're also very good, but what I like best about Clarke's writing is the way she uses it to construct and sustain a universe that you want to immerse yourself in. I think this is why so many people compare her work to the Harry Potter novels. But Clarke's world (and her writing) is better, and you want her to continue in novel-sized p ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Steven rated it it was amazing
Two British gentlemen revive the use of magic in 19th century England, one a grumpy old man, the other a charming, free-spirited young man. Despite their clashing views on magic, they amaze the world with their magical feats, aiding the British army in the war against Napoleon.
Unbeknown to them, their use of Faery magic has endangered the lives of two others: A woman they raised from the dead and a butler. Every night, they are forced to attends faery balls in the kingdom of Lost-Hope, leaving t
Jan 05, 2013 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main con to this was that the pace was quite slow. Once you get over that, it's really quite amazing. The early 19th century texture is really just spectacular, especially in a fantasy novel. Its best demonstration is how easily Clarke works historical figures like Lord Byron into the story, even if they play only minor roles. The ending seemed a bit confusing, which is the only real reason I'm not giving this 5 stars. It is somewhat open to interpretation in parts, but there's a big plot ho ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Reymigius rated it it was amazing
Sebelum membaca novel ini, saya banyak diperingati teman bahwa saya tidak akan menemukan keseruan yang meledak-ledak dalam novel ini. Ternyata pernyataan tersebut tidak terlalu benar, karena rupanya novel ini berhasil membuat saya berdecak kagum. Berbeda dari novel pertama yang hanya mengisahkan konflik-konflik minor dengan latar tempat yang hanya sebatas di Inggris, jilid dua ini padat akan konflik dan Susanna Clarke akan membawa kita ke banyak medan peperangan–diantaranya adalah di Portugal, S ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Eva rated it really liked it
Buku kedua.. akhirnya saya memutuskan bahwa saya adalah Mr. Norell in real life. haha.. dalam artian 'that moment' when he gave books to Mr. Strange. Okay, beberapa waktu lalu hal tersebut 'saya banget' tapi sekarang sudah lumayan berkurang, karena.. buku tidak mencapai tujuannya jika tidak dibaca kan. Namun itu bukan salah asuh tapi hanya satu dari karakter, jelek atau tidak, saya kira tidak. hahaha..

Saya semakin tertarik dengan footnote, anehnya kisah menarik lebih banyak saya temui pada footn
Feb 09, 2012 Janelle rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, though it leaves me wanting more (yes, more). I would love to see a sequel that focuses on Arabella and Lady Pole and maybe Flora as the new wave in English magic. Granted, I wouldn't mind if the sequel were a bit less voluminous.

I, who seldom read books this long, managed to get through the slow parts by listening to the book during my commute to/from work - then I would pick up the physical book when I got home and be motivated to keep going.

May 14, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Good gravy, what an epic tale this is. It took me years (literally, years) to finish this book because I have zero attention span and at times, I just didn't have the will power to attack this book with the steadfast devotion it deserves. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell would spend long periods of time unopened on my bookshelf solely as penance for being so. damn. LONG. But it was all worth it in the end. I'm a sucker for a well-planned ending.
Nina Milton
Jul 07, 2015 Nina Milton rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic, fantasy
It took me a long time to get through this 1000 page novel. It actually took the amazing dramatization of the book on BBC TV to send me back to the half read volume and finish it. This is a very courageous book, which must have been a mammoth task. It is arranged to read as if read at the time (the early nineteenth century) and takes real events and explains them with magical intervention. At times it seemed to be going nowhere, but then, I'm used to crime fiction and the tightly executed plot. ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Rifda rated it really liked it
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Dibanding jilid pertamanya, jilid kedua ini lebih ‘variatif‘. Di bagian awal memang agak lamban seperti plot jilid pertama, tapi makin ke belakang.. makin seru. kalau jilid pertama fokus pada Mr. Norrell, jilid kedua ini fokus pada Jonathan Strange. Kalau di jilid pertama, aku bingung mau bilang Mr. Norrell ini baik atau jahat.. di jilid kedua, aku bisa bilang kalau Jonathan Strange itu jahat. Seharusnya dia tetap menjalin hubungan baik dengan Mr. Norrell. Seharusnya dia lebih memperh
Charlie Bioletti
Oct 10, 2015 Charlie Bioletti rated it really liked it
This is a very good book with a great idea behind it and an ingenious plot and story. Its a pretty long book and the footnotes get kind of tedious after a while but its still an amazing book, I watched the tv series just after it and it portrayed the characters directly as I imagined them. Despite the footnotes the book is a must read, its pretty hard to get through, slightly like lord of the rings. But none the less the immense complexity of the story, the intricacy of the Characters. ALl of th ...more
Lacy Patterson
This story started strong, even though I was used to the kind of magic used in Harry Potter. The magic in this book seemed simultaneously weaker, and yet more powerful than the magic in HP. I enjoyed the character development and the growth of the bond b/w Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, however, the story started dragging in the middle and I realized that I wasn't really committed to finding out how it ended. So rather than trudging through the last few hundred pages, I simply put the book do ...more
Dec 01, 2012 SmarterLilac rated it it was ok
Painfully slow. Normally, I like glacial pacing; here, it didn't work. Also, a more boring cast of characters cannot be found anywhere.
Nov 14, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. How could I not? It involves two magicians trying to reinvigorate Britain (and elsewhere) by repopularizing the use of magic in the early 1800s. It is creative, witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and has just enough darkness to keep things interesting. There is love, war, celebrations, and even research involved in the storytelling.

So why didn't I give the book a perfect score? One reason really. It is written in an older style. It reminded me of novels such as "Great Expec
May 15, 2011 Patrick rated it liked it
The story in this book is set during the early 19th century in England during their war with Napoleon. Although magic hasn't been performed in England for hundreds of years, there are theoretical magicians who spend their time philosophizing about magic. Gilbert Norell emerges as the only practical magician actually able to do magic and is successful in disbanding almost all theoretical magic in his attempt to be the only magician in England. Eventually he is joined by Jonathan Strange, yet anot ...more
B.E. Maxwell
Dec 31, 2012 B.E. Maxwell rated it it was amazing
This book is steeped in Victorian flavor. An in depth fascinating read. My favorite parts are the King's Roads (magic mirrors). The cone of darkness that follows Jonathan Strange all about a lost version of Venice where mournful bells ring, dark waters lap at the quays and people disappear. But still he fights, using powers he scarcely understands against overwhelming odds and often without hope he presses on, alone against the darkness.

This is a wonderful and unique triumph of the imagination a
Jul 11, 2015 Bowen rated it really liked it
A very engaging, if slow-moving tale. Clark develops her world of 19th century England with delightful wonder and care. One should not read this expecting a historical novel, but her smooth interweaving of history, fantasy, darkness and whimsy makes this a great read. Characters are flawed, relatable, and a joy to journey with.
Brittany Victoria
May 20, 2011 Brittany Victoria rated it it was amazing
This book is weird, strange, crazy and interesting all at the same time. What's more, its highly believable; the story is so well crafted, that you find yourself having to think, "did that really happen?" It took me a while to read the book because it is huge and there is so much information and detail that you have to take a moment to digest it all. When I finished the book I felt like I had completely a series! The book is about magic and magicians and the battle to keep it hidden or to let th ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Olethros rated it really liked it
Técnica, ejecución e imaginación no tienen que enfrentarse, en absoluto.-

Género. Narrativa fantástica.

Lo que nos cuenta. En una Inglaterra decimonónica muy parecida a la de nuestra Historia, con la salvedad de que la magia existió realmente en el pasado, los magos actuales son teóricos del tema y amantes de los libros sobre el asunto. Cuando uno de ellos, el reservado y poco dotado socialmente Sr. Norrell, muestra que él sí puede usarla, las percepciones al respecto de la magia comienzan a camb
Feb 06, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-fiction
This was a hefty book to read on my phone, but I really enjoyed it in the end. It was very well written, and since I'm living in Yorkshire now and have spent time in several places it mentioned that made it all the more fun.
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Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham in 1959. A nomadic childhood was spent in towns in Northern England and Scotland. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of non-fiction publishing, including Gordon Fraser and Quarto. In 1990, she left London and went to Turin to teach English to stressed-out executives of the Fiat motor company. The following year she ...more
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“Strange stared thoughtfully at her for several seconds, so that Arabella mistakenly supposed he must be considering what she had just said. But when he spoke it was only to say in a tone of gentle reproof, "My love, you are standing on my papers." He took her arm and moved her gently aside.” 7 likes
“Well, Henry, you can cease frowning at me. If I am a magician, I am a very indifferent one. Other adepts summon up fairy-spirits and long-dead kings. I appear to have conjured the spirit of a banker.” 7 likes
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