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Jonathan Strange & härra Norrell. I osa

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On 1806. aasta, praktilise võlukunsti unustusehõlma langemisest Inglismaal on möödas sajandeid. Kuid maagia kuulsusrikka ajaloo õpetlased avastavad, et üks võlur on siiski jäänud – eraklik härra Norrell, kelle võimed tekitavad elevust kogu maal. Ent ettevaatlikule pabistajale Norrellile on väljakutseks teise võluri, andeka algaja Jonathan Strange'i ilmumine.
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Hardcover, 258 pages
Published 2007 by Pegasus (first published 2004)
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Kaarin
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best books I've read in years. This book has been called Harry Potter for adults - think that is an accurate description. At almost 1,000 pages it seemed daunting, and I kept thinking I would let it go. That is until I read the 3rd chapter - everything changed after that. Engaging, fun, interesting....it took me awhile to read the entire thing, but it was worth it. Even more - I didn't want it to end. I would have happily read 1,000 more pages. ...more
Megan
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ian
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here are some books I thought of while reading this book:

Against the Day (Pynchon)
The Dalkey Archives (Flann O'Brien)
Wizard of Earth Sea (LeGuin)
Anything by Jane Austen)
Jack Maggs (Peter Carey)
If I had read more gothic ghost stories, I'd name drop one of them as well, but I haven't - but there were times it all felt a bit scary.

All of which is to say that although it was about magic, it was also about early 19th century England and the way those people viewed themselves (and Europe) and the way
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Mirjam
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know how to describe the special magic that this book has. It just flows so beautifully. Oh and if you want to know what people mean by "British humour", it's this. They mean this. Right here. ...more
Emma
Nov 16, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Not for me. Extremely slow and written like an academic textbook.
Satvika
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stars for enchanting me to the strange and dark magic world and i really enjoying myself in that particular world

this book is about magic , politic , dark gloomy scenes , enchanted spell and prophecy

full of long interesting footnote that reminds me of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy

the soft humor made me chuckle a lot

Just a suggestion : buy the whole set already because once you finished the first book you probably want to go to second book as soon as possible

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Anna Gasperini
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read the last page of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a goal that for some time I doubted I would achieve. I would like to write something about it while the experience of reading it is still fresh.
I borrowed this book from a friend because the hint of the story written on its back intrigued me. For one-hundred-fifty pages or so, I wondered in what sort of mess I had put myself, since I could not recall such a heavy reading in years and I am not used to put a book down unless it's finished
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Alyssa Allen
May 10, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My only question is... but why? What was the point? I didn't feel like this book accomplished anything... which is quite the feat seeing as it's over 1000 pages. I felt like I didn't really get anything from it. It wasn't necessarily laborious to get through, but it literally had no point.

I appreciated the way it was written- kind of in a biography-type way- and the footnotes were entertaining, but again... why? I feel like I didn't learn anything additional about magic or the world through the
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Auni
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first part and now I feel like I have to keep a small break before continuing.

This book is funny, because at parts I loved the language but the plot was just incredibly boring, and at times the plot is interesting, but the writing annoys me so much I wanna throw the book out of the window. And she uses the word "cried" way, way, way too much. I just feel like this big epic book should have been shorter and she should have spent more time with the editing.
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Jasmine
Jan 24, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Over 500 pages in and still wasn't very into it. A book where almost nothing happens and all the characters are a bit dull. ...more
Neil Williams
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first volume of this novel was brilliant. While some parts felt a little unnecessary or perhaps a little slow, overall this was an interesting introduction that I am excited to continue in the next volume.

The idea that actual magic used to be common practice but slowly faded away into just a theoretical scholarship was very unique perspective. It made me think about other scholarly subjects and what they might could be if just taken outside of the university. Specifically theological or phil
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Barbara Sibbald
I feel I've been under some sort of spell. Why haven't I read this highly imaginative, compelling and oh-so-long novel before now. It came out in 2004 and there's even a BBC series. I had heard of it vaguely, and perhaps was put off by its length or the effort of suspending disbelief for an extended period of time. Hardly necessary. The novel is fantastical, yet grounded in verisimilitude, in compelling descriptions of people and places (even when statues begin to speak), of heroic deeds and dee ...more
Rachael
I really loved this novel. It took me quite a long time to read and eventually I checked out the audiobook. There are very few audiobook recordings that I consider top notch in terms of the performance of the narrator. This is one of them. It was awesome and wonderful and so enjoyable. Very highly recommend it!
Tash Junor
I was really hoping to enjoy this more than I did, but it was just meh in too many places. Mr Norrell is just really unlikeable, but it did pick up when Strange’s parts popped up. I have high hopes for the second volume.
Alicia Ralston
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one! I find footnotes in novels slightly annoying, but that was the only part I didn't like. ...more
Duncan Bourne
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing that drew me to this book was it's opening describing the meeting of the York magicians who had never harmed anyone by magic nor even done any! It is was followed by the question that sets the ball rolling "Why is the no more magic done in England?" What drew me in was partially the style, reminiscient of early 19th century literature but also that magic was treated seriously. Not as a secret thing but something that had been done in the past and studied to death in the most dry accade ...more
José Ramos
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very enjoyable book perfect to summer reading. Here you'll read about magic, of course, but from other point of view different to Harry Potter.

The book tells the story of two men: one of them Mr Norrell is a "classic wizard" who does "classic magic". He studies lots of magic books about the theory of Magic and speels in general. Indeed, he is the last wizard that does real magic, but there is a black side which you'll figure out along the story.

On the other hand, we have the second m
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Joshua
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those sensible people which inhabit Clarke's world often find themselves captivated by the presence of a rather unsensible magic. The trees whisper as their shadows shift positions, visions flash unbidden and unbroken through the minds of men, and before them strange worlds unravel like carpets of welcome... or else drag one through their doorways of mirrors and rain. So it is for the characters. So it is for the reader.

At times the pages presented me their carpets, and at others they dragged m
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Sean
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sean by: Rebecca Rafferty
This was a long haul: for some reason GoodReads thinks it's 336 pages, but the edition I read was a pretty dense 1009, and the first few hundred were a bit slow. It reminded me a bit of Ian McEwan's Atonement in this regard, though JS&MN didn't undergo quite the change in pace of that book. The relationship between the two lead characters is, by the end, what seems really to have driven the book.

Without spoilers, I do want to comment on the ending. I finished this book as I was reexamining my o
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Owen
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love world-building. And Ms. Clarke is a delightful world-builder. This is a really fun book.

For anyone who liked Harry Potter, or who likes their history with a bit of whimsy, this is a charming book to read, and some of the easiest 1,000 pages you'll ever run across. The prose is a tounge-in-cheek send up of the novels of manners (I really liked this- and I haaaate Jane Austen and her ilk).

I came across this work after the tv adaption was recommended for those needing a Game of Thrones fix
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Jake_reads_books
I watched the BBC series when it was on in 2015 (wow) and I remember wanting to read it, but it's taken me until now to get to it!⁣

This book is excellent. The research that has gone into producing a book that seems like it was released in the actual Regency Era is breathtaking. It's the little things like using spelling and grammar from that period. I've never read Jane Austen, but I imagine it feels the same. ⁣

I love the footnotes that provide more depth to the world, even if some of them are
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Robert
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tour de force. Did I like it? I think I liked it a lot, but it was a strange book indeed. Nothing much actually happens, and yet breath-taking magic spells are cast and there is a nightmarish quality to much of the story - the mood sort of reminded me of Charlie Fletcher's "Stoneheart" trilogy. One thing is certain: you never know what's going to happen next. In fact, it's hard to know where the book is going at times. There is no proper ending to my mind, and yet it is strangely satisfying. A ...more
Satan
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most wonderful aspect of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is the author's ability to create extremely interesting moments surrounded by chapters of nothing worth mentioning. Miss Clarke's beautifully crafted pastiche and utter contempt for her characters' happiness is refreshing, and I look forward to discussing these merits with her at our next encounter.

-- Satan
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Tammy Sleet
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It's a classic novel which meanders like old english countryside. The voice of the author is interesting. Is it just my copy that has a large chunk repeated in the middle or was this a massive typo?! If you're in the mood to put some time into a book, this is a good one to spend time with. ...more
Kayla
The writing style was unique and quirky, but the general plot was rather bland and I had to force myself to finish it. Plus, the back of the book gave away too much information so I never felt surprised or intrigued by the plot. It was often humorous, and I enjoyed the quips and social comments it made, but overall I found it dull and wanting.
Veronica
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a little dry at the beginning. hard to get into w the ancient English language style and slow moving storyline but in glad I persevered and it got to be quite enjoyable and different to what I'm used to. was a little long was almost about to give up but with much patience I continued to the end. ...more
Chelsea Murrell
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It took me ages to get into this book and find it interesting. The best chapter was the servant attending the ball and the book did become more interesting after that but that was more towards the end of the book so it took a long time to get interesting. I purchase the trilogy so stuck with all three books, I'll give the second one a go but not straight away. ...more
George Dobbs
A well thought out historical fantasy where magic plays a part in early 19th century England. The use of period language was impressive.

Probably should have bought an edition with more generous margins & binding.
Lavalette
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting with a little sense of humor. I almost couldn't put this book down. what an authentic story about magic and magician. it also has great story-telling, but the footnotes are irresistible! I'm sure the footnotes itself worth a book :)) ...more
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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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