verloren ging. Zwei Männer sind auserkohren, diese wieder zurück zu bringen - der zurückgezogen lebende Mr. Norrell und der Neuling Jonathan Strange. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Basierend auf dem gleichnamigen Bestseller von Susanna Clarke spielt „Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell“ in. Doch Mr. Norrell hat ebenfalls ein magisches Geheimnis, das ihn und alles, was er sich aufgebaut hat, zerstören könnte, wenn es jemals ans.
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Mr Norell is a studious rather drab character intent on learning his craft from books and manuscripts. His arrogance wants him to be considered England's only legitimate magician.
Jonathan Strange is more a practical magician and lends a hand in fighting Napolean. Very bizarrely his magic seems almost whimsical and the English soldiers still die in huge numbers.
The plot is so weak that the involvement with the Napoleonic Wars didn't generate much interest. It was all very flat.
What can be said is that the detail of the surroundings and story are considerable - even with footnotes to describe minutiae.
The setting was okay and I did feel that the atmosphere of early 19th century England came through well. I am surprised this book received the plaudits that it has and I can only assume that the context of the story was a big draw.
We all want to believe that magic exists and that somewhere a magician is just waiting to develop the skills handed down from Merlin. If that was to happen I can only hope that it's NOT to someone like Strange or Norrell and that there would be a wonderful plot of twists and surprises, with captivating characters to bring it all to life.
I may have been tempted to consider a higher rating if it had not been so long. The length really is a problem in a story that drifts at such a slow pace, with details I couldn't care less about.
If stories can affect the heart rate from high intensity to cardio, fat burn, walking and resting, then this will set the heart rate to coma.
Tired of your workaday lives, Need to get away for a while? Come, sit a spell Let Susanna tell you a story. Norrell are two magicians attempting, each in their own way, to change that and restore magic to England.
I can admit that it took me a while to find my legs here, acquire my own rhythm with the writing and the story. In many ways this reads like a Tired of your workaday lives, Need to get away for a while?
In many ways this reads like a history lesson The entire aspect and nature of magic and its history are all carefully and explicitly laid out, fully annotated with historical references that appear as footnotes which while bitter at first, soon became delicious little bits that nourished and enriched.
I came to crave them. Susanna so deftly describes the two main protagonists, the magicians, so intricately, as to impart an intimate understanding of each of them.
This was no easy task because various parts of it — hawthorn twigs, elder branches, strands of ivy, mistletoe and witches broom — had insinuated themselves among his clothes, limbs and hair during the night or glued themselves to him with ice.
He sat up. He did not seem in the least surprised to find he had an audience; one would almost have supposed from his behaviour that he had been expecting it.
He looked at them all and gave several disparaging sniffs and snorts. He ran his fingers through his hair, removing dead leaves, bits of twig and half a dozen earwigs.
In doing so, he revealed that his neck and throat were ornamented with an odd pattern of blue lines, dots, crosses and circles. Then he wrapped his neckcloth back about his neck and, having thus completed his toilet to his satisfaction, he rose to his feet.
A kind of a hush, seemingly impenetrable, descended about me. A strange sense of quiet fell, like one might find in the wee hours of the morning.
I relaxed, shook off the shackles of day to day and settled in, wholly immersed now and in no particular hurry, on this long, long journey.
I stretched out my legs, met the man with the thistle-down hair and considered the colour of a heartache. I visited ballrooms and battlefields, travelled faerie roads, and searched for the Raven King.
I watched the birds as they came to my feeder and fell away, to lost-hope house and all the mirrors of the world, utterly enchanted, and I believed.
It was as if a door had opened somewhere. Or possibly a series of doors. There was a sensation as of a breeze blowing into the house and bringing with it the half- remembered scents of childhood.
There was a shift in the light which seemed to cause all the shadows in the room to fall differently. There was nothing more definite than that, and yet, as often happens when some magic is occurring, both Drawlight and the lady had the strongest impression that nothing in the visible world could be relied upon any more.
A tall mirror hung upon the wall above the sopha where the lady sat. It shewed a second great white moon in a second tall dark window and a second dim-mirror room.
But Drawlight and the lady did not appear in the mirror room at all. Instead there was a kind of an indistinctness, which became a sort of shadow, which became the dark shape of someone coming towards them.
From the path which this person took, it could clearly be seen that the mirror room was not like the original at all and that it was only by odd tricks of lighting and perspective — such as one might meet with in the theatre- that they appeared to be the same.
It seemed that the mirror room was actually a long corridor. The hair and coat of the mysterious figure were stirred by a wind which could not be felt in their own room and though he walked briskly towards the glass which separated the two rooms, it was taking him some time to reach it.
But finally he reached the glass and then there was a moment when his dark shape loomed very large behind it and his face was still in shadow.
Susanna Clarke tells a story that spills over with wonder. This one is coming to the island with me. Dec 12, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , british-charm , fantasy.
I finally finished! My paperback was more than 1, pages long, so this is a triumph. Norrell is a book that I started out loving, but the middle part dragged so much that I grew impatient for the story to end.
I feel so differently about the two halves of the book that I wish I could issue two Goodreads ratings. Let's start with what I liked about this novel.
Susanna Clarke has a great imagination and a good sense of humor. The story is set in the early s in England a I finally finished!
The story is set in the early s in England and follows the adventures of two magicians, Mr. Strange and Mr. They have different opinions about magic, and while they start out as collaborators, they later become enemies.
At different times, both magicians are enlisted to help the British Army and Navy in the Napoleonic Wars. The extensive battle scenes are what started to drag down the book.
The story also involves a spiteful fairy, who likes to steal people away to his kingdom. The story builds until there is a fateful showdown between the mean fairy and the magicians.
There's a lot else going on, but to try and summarize it all would drive me mad. Parts of this book were charming and amusing, and I sometimes smiled while reading, more so in the first half.
Clarke's wit has been compared to Jane Austen's, but let's not get carried away, people. I'll grant that it's amusing, and Clarke captured some foibles of human nature.
But this wouldn't make my list of things I regularly recommend to fans of Miss Austen. My complaints about the book revolve mostly around its epic, meandering story, which did not have to be 1, pages.
This book was desperately in need of a tougher editor. Clarke also included lots of footnotes, most of which were too clever by half.
I listened to this on audio, and the footnotes were read at the indicated place in the text, but if I had just read the print book I would have quickly grown irritated and skimmed all of them.
My other frustration with this book was how dim-witted Strange and Norrell were. They were ridiculously slow to catch on to what the evil fairy was doing, despite the fact that they were supposed to be clever, powerful magicians.
It seemed like the author was dragging out their ignorance in order to lengthen the story, which really didn't need any lengthening.
While I do have complaints about this book, I did enjoy a good part of it. These epic novels are so difficult to rate. I think I'll give the first half a 4 and the last half a 3.
I'll be generous and rate this a 3. Recommended, with caution, to those who like magical stories and British humor. Favorite Quotes "Can a magician kill a man by magic?
And they read English novels! Did you ever look into an English novel? Well, do not trouble yourself. It is nothing but a lot of nonsense about girls with fanciful names getting married.
View all 15 comments. Nope, nope, nope. The act of reading has become a chore, a sensation that cannot be condoned or perpetuated. It's been six hundred and eighty pages, and this book has yet to enthrall or surprise.
The character motives baffle, the fantasy elements are uneven, the tone is dry and the story uneventful. Writing a tome of this magnitude is no small feat, but it's achieved to greater effect by Jonathan Stroud in his marvelous book, The Amulet of Samarkand , which I would leap to recommend wh Nope, nope, nope.
Writing a tome of this magnitude is no small feat, but it's achieved to greater effect by Jonathan Stroud in his marvelous book, The Amulet of Samarkand , which I would leap to recommend while warning bookworms to steer clear of this cumbersome book.
The result being this huge-assed, yet entertaining tome on British magic. Way to go, Boz and thanks!! Is this for real, Jeff? Not really random Goodreader.
I had too much coffee this morning and my mind is racing like a sports car driven by Danica Patrick. This book does kind of hit several literary sweet spots with me: Historical Fiction waves to the Duke of Wellington and that walking horn ball poet, Lord Byron , Fantasy and a terrific sense of humor on the part of Susanna Clarke.
The skinny: After centuries, English magic - long dormant - is being revived by a peevish asshat named Mr.
He wants to be THE one and only English magician and will spare nothing to block any one else interested in pulling rabbits from hats or doing card tricks.
He reluctantly takes on a pupil, Jonathon Strange. He has his own agenda. And the great and powerful Raven King. Always the Raven King.
After the first descent and some frequent lunch losing swervings and such, the book takes off. As a lazy reader, I always welcome any sort of illustrations in books — especially page books - because I can jump ahead a few pages and feel a sense of accomplishment.
However, the art here was of the murky — just — what — heck — is — that variety. Hey, I read graphic novels and know a thing or two about art.
My advice: skip over them. I hated typing in foot notes when I did school papers and I wish a pox on the family of the dude who invented the footnote.
View all 35 comments. Jan 06, Julio Genao rated it it was ok. View all 11 comments. Most books are not for everyone, and it can occasionally be hard to determine from a cover, a blurb, a sample chapter if something will be for you or not.
And even if you believe something is for you, the book still needs to reveal and unfold and delight and surprise and strike emotional chords and climax and conclude to your satisfaction by its end, all while also possessing a writing style you respond to or at least does not detract from your enjoyment.
So its sometimes a wonder we like any bo Most books are not for everyone, and it can occasionally be hard to determine from a cover, a blurb, a sample chapter if something will be for you or not.
So its sometimes a wonder we like any books at all when the stakes and standards are set so high. Add to this of course magic, magic of a nebulous and free variety, no hard and fast system, not lots of smoke though many mirrors , nothing too showy or special, a magic of an earthy, grounded, but still foreign, complicated, dangerous variety, complete with an entire history of magic in England from the 12th century and a whole host of anecdotes and tales and figures from said history that inform the present ideas, intentions and actions.
All of these disparate forces and ideas and characters and influences joined together in one place, and meant to be read as one complete work, of over a thousand pages in my edition, and perhaps understated considering there are two and three page footnotes worked in as well?
This truly is not a book for everyone. But if you read and were intrigued by my sprawling summary, and like reading things in a 19th century style or pastiche, and enjoy fantasy but don't need it to be as obvious or clear cut as modern fantasy novels typically show it, if you think it might be for you and are ready to commit to the novel's length and slow unfolding and building of events and ideas, then I wholeheartedly encourage you to pick up a paper copy, not least because the sheer number of footnotes would be highly aggravating to read in an e version, and settle yourself into bed or a large armchair or your sofa and begin.
But if it is for you, like it is for me, it is likely to vault amongst your most favorite, beloved books, something to re-read again and again, an old, familiar friend to turn to when new reads aren't hitting the mark as near as you'd like, and yet because of its depth and richness and length and detail, you'll find something new that strikes you every time.
When this book is for you, despite my version ending on page , I still crave more. More of charming and arrogant and a bit absent minded but intelligent Strange though perhaps a bit less of the Norrell of most of the book but I am a biased Strangeite, I admit , more of Arabella, more of her fascinating anti-hero of Childermass, more of the soft Mr Segundus, more appearances of Lord Wellington whose portrayal seems both accurate and inspired , more Stephen Black and much, much more of the Raven King and the magic of England.
And I love Susanna Clarke's style, and her all-knowing narrator is filled with dry wit and humor in describing events and characters.
For me the writing pulls the entire ambitious thing together, its craft and execution as important as the characters and plot for me.
I know that most books you won't know until you read them if they are or aren't for you. And sometimes a book is not for you at one time, but then later is, or vice versa.
But I have loved this book for over a decade, from my first, somewhat challenged read of it in when it was first published as a teenager, to now, and this is truly not a book I love from nostalgia, but for itself.
I wouldn't even say it holds up well: even though I don't believe it to be perfect, I read it and am enthralled and amused and delighted and pensive every time, and though I do read it in a new light each time, I am always swept away by it.
I probably read this once a year and have done so since it was first published, and can't see any reason why that would change in the future.
If you think it may not be, or start it and don't quite connect, let it pass: it is too long and coiled and difficult to pin down to waste time or effort on it if you don't like it.
If you read the whole thing and don't like it, I would love to hear your feedback. But if you've read it and know it's for you, then I'm so glad someone else loves this strange, unique, fantastic yet sober tale.
And if you haven't yet read it but you think this may be for you, then I'm overjoyed and somewhat envious that you can encounter and discover this novel and its world for the first time.
View all 24 comments. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is Susanna Clarke's bestselling Fantasy History Novel. And it is amazing, astounding, supertastical, and brilliant.
These are all just a handful of the real and created adjectives possible to throw at this tome. Were one to enter into an adjective war this book would defeat them hands down.
For the potency of the words inside is incredible. Jonathan S Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is Susanna Clarke's bestselling Fantasy History Novel.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is a hauntingly beautiful book. It was well written with the careful and clear strokes of a master artist.
A woman who clearly loves words and language and with abounding wit. An author who believed in her world with passion.
She wasn't simply writing but creating a world with such excellent clarity. If you're looking for more books featuring magicians I'd also recommend: The Prestige and possibly The Night Circus though The Night Circus is a polarising book and should be picked up with that in mind.
That said, The Night Circus is also a relatively easy novel to read compared with this and may appeal more to younger readers. Also, if you like the idea of reading other historical fantasy novels: His Majesty's Dragon.
While of course the urban fantasy magicians such as Harry Dresden in say, Storm Front , or the other similar series, Rivers of London , may also suffice.
This is a magnum opus. If the author never writes another book, she can still be immensely satisfied because this is a masterpiece which is not to say that I don't want more.
Quite some time ago my attention was drawn to a TV show of the same name on Amazon Prime. I read the description and since I can never stay away from magic for very long, I watched it eventually - and fell in love with the peculiar and quirky people starring in this tale of magical adventure, love and loss.
It was only late This is a magnum opus. It was only later that I was told it was based on a book I really should know better by now.
Naturally, after having fallen in love with the bantering magicians as well as the scheming faerie, I had to read it and what months are better for such a tale full of crisp misty mornings in the English countryside than October or November?
We start by getting introduced to Mr. Norrell, a quite wealthy English gentleman who considers himself a practical magician. In fact, he considers himself the only actual English magician.
Considering the "society" of magicians he encounters right at the beginning a bunch of fools, mostly , I completely understand why and supported his claim.
He is a bookworm par excellence as can be seen much later when his pupil, the also titular Jonathan Strange, is sent to aid Lord Wellington in the war against Bonaparte and Norrell is supposed to give him 40 of his books to which he cries out in terror he is told by a member of the government that sacrifices must be made in times of war to which he exclaims "Yes yes, but FORTY!
Norrell is all of us. However, he also has a darker side as he wants to forbid magic to anyone but himself and later Mr.
He wants to control every aspect of magic and, indeed, humans and often succeeds in doing so - for example by buying all the books about magic that are left since he's rich, he can get them more easily than others with less of an income.
One day, when he desperately tries to get patronage from an influential politician, he performs a spell that summons a faerie.
Not long after that, Jonathan Strange enters the picture. He is not as much of a bookworm as Norrell and far better at being outgoing and social and therefore has more "friends".
He is also married to the charming and intelligent Arabella. What Jonathan Strange lacks in magical books, he more than makes up for in creativity, passion and talent.
As mentioned above, he becomes Norrell's pupil but after a while it becomes clear that this will not do. The two have too contrary an opinion about the future of English magic with Jonathan Strange wanting as many magicians as possible to revive the glory of the old days and, if possible, to bring back the Raven King once ruler of England and a part of the faerie realm.
After having fought in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte he has also learned something Norrell probably never will: to perform useful magic almost on the spot.
The problem is that these two are up against a force they know nothing about for the faerie Norrell once summoned is scheming and since faeries are not just using magic but are magical creatures, the two magicians are out of their league.
But there is also a prophecy about all these events so perhaps the Raven King has taken precautions all these hundreds of years ago?
And how many people will the faerie take to Lost Hope his domain within the faerie realm? One would think that I've told you too much of what is happening but I really haven't.
This isn't even scratching the surface. However, while this book is certainly what people call a doorstopper, it was never ever boring.
Sure, the pace is slower than in other novels but that was done deliberately. While there are some scenes that could be described as "full of action", that's not what this tale it's about.
It's about the character and heart of magic, about all that enchants us so much when we hear old fairy tales. It's about the relationship of the titular characters to one another a more magnificent pair I've scarcely seen in literature and to others.
It's about friendship, love, betrayal, being socially awkward, making mistakes, shame. It's about a black servant as much, if not even more, as about the fair English lady he serves.
It's about the tumultuous years shortly before, during and a while after the Napoleonic Wars. It's about the heart and soul of a people, the history of a country, and every individual's place in the world.
Just as remarkable as the tale itself with all its purposefully meandering ways is the enchanting writing style of the author. It sounds authentic, it feels authentic, every word casts its very own spell and transports one through the English rain and mirrors into this candle-lit world with its moving stone statues and sand horses.
I was equally delighted about the narrator, Simon Prebble what a great name! As can be seen from my status updates, I alternated between the audiobook and my print version as my hardcover had these gorgeous and very fitting illustrations rounding off an already glorious reading experience and yes, they nailed each and every cast member on the show in case you were wondering.
I'm so glad I let myself be taken to this magical place and am now itching to revisit it already either by reading the collection of short stories linked to the school of Arabella's brother or by watching the show again.
View all 21 comments. Recommended to Scribble by: Kris. Drawlight 7 episodes, John Heffernan Lascelles 7 episodes, Brian Pettifer Honeyfoot 7 episodes, Richard Durden Lord Liverpool 5 episodes, Robbie O'Neill Lucas 5 episodes, Freddie Hogan Davey 5 episodes, William Chubb Mr Bickerton 4 episodes, Ronan Vibert Lord Wellington 3 episodes, Steve Jackson Jeremy Johns 3 episodes, Claudia Jessie Mary 3 episodes, Patricia Winker Grant 3 episodes, John Phythian Mr Gatcombe 3 episodes, Clive Mantle Dr Greysteel 2 episodes, John Sessions John Murray 2 episodes, Lucinda Dryzek Flora Greysteel 2 episodes, Robert Hands Henry 2 episodes, Martyn Ellis Foxcastle 2 episodes, Phoebe Nicholls Mrs Wintertowne 2 episodes, Mark Edel-Hunt De Lancey 2 episodes, Neil Edmond Edit Storyline In an alternate history, during the time of real life Napoleonic Wars, two men of destiny, the gifted recluse Mr.
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Language: English. Runtime: min entire miniseries. Color: Color. Edit page. Everything in the wider world — pretty much everything that goes on in London, come to that — proceeds exactly as it actually did, in our TL.
A lot of fantasy takes place in this world, or at least starts there, and some authors use passages where the real world is a gateway to something magical to reflect a numinous quality back on the world we know Alan Garner, for example, or Arthur Machen.
Neville Morley The comedy and satire is like the elaborate manners of its characters, a means of pretending that everything is light and well-ordered, which is actually an all too easily shattered veneer.
Probably the antitype: landscape as cozy reassurance. Almost a myth of autochthony, but with false starts and a happy ending. Britain was always in its way to being the home for you.
Doug K I have the BBC adaptation of the novel which is generally good, though it necessarily misses a lot of the subtleties.
SusanC Alternate history The Man in the High Castle, Pavanne, Harry Turtledove etc postulates a branch point after which history evolves differently.
Secret history Dark Skies etc keeps the publicly-known events the same as the real history, and substitutes alternative explanations for them.
I think Robert Anton Wilson throws in some random stuff. But why the branch point caused that to happen in unexplained, and we can imagine it to be unknowable, with a nod to chaos theory.
Collin Street At the end of the book, the narrator is speaking freely of matters that were concealed by multiple layers of shrouding mystery at the start of the book.
The world — the setting, the backstory — changes as the text progresses. There are things that are so forgotten that even that they could have existed to be forgotten is forgotten.
This is why Rowling has always seemed impoverished among the ranks of British fantasy writers. Adam Roberts Pre Ballantine, Williamson thinks, Fantasy actually drew on the traditions of Romantic antiquarianism.
Why does Williamson think that modern genre Fantasy has turned its back on this older tradition? But it strikes me as the right context to read Clarke.
What disenchants the older enchantment? Protestantism does. Clarke feels it intensely. She seems to me a very Protestant writer former Methodist, now CofE who is both spooked by and drawn to Catholicism.
Thank you for this! I only read the book because Stephen King recommended it. The alternative history content that Commenter 4 talks about.
The numinous is brought into the everyday at the price of being brought in quite rarely and selectively, IOW.
Which was nice. Paganism, shmaganism. Read The Loney. Now, the great thing about folk religion is that it puts everyday life in touch with the divine — and the terrifying thing about folk religion is that it puts everyday life in touch with the divine.
Knock, and the door might just open — and there are doors everywhere. John Harrison evokes something like this way of looking at the world, but nobody does it quite as matter-of-factly as Clarke.
In the opener, Mr. Norrell is rediscovered, reigniting magic as he proves its worthiness to a rising politician. Also, Jonathan Strange discovers his own magical powers as he attempts to court Arabella.
Jonathan Strange goes to London after his magical ability grows to take an apprenticeship with Mr. Jonathan Strange comes across troubling, ancient magic as he fights the Napoleonic armies.
Elsewhere, Mr. Norrell battles to keep his secrets hidden. Returned from war, Jonathan Strange joins Mr Norrell to try to cure England's mad king, George III, but is frustrated at Norrell's refusal to discuss the magic and legends of old times.
Meanwhile, unbeknown to the magicians, the Gentleman embarks on a scheme to capture Arabella and destroy Jonathan Strange.
Jonathan Strange's remarkable magic helps England win the Battle of Waterloo, after which Strange returns home hoping for a peaceful new life, but the Gentleman's scheme for revenge wrecks all of his and Arabella's plans, leaving Jonathan Strange a ruined man.
Having fled England to Venice, Strange attempts to drive himself insane as a way of gaining access to the fairy magic that he believes can help him resurrect his wife.
In so doing, he unleashes a curse that threatens to destroy him utterly. With England in chaos as magic returns, Strange comes back home to claim Mr Norrell and rescue Arabella.
But can his plan possibly work? Or will the dark prophecy of the Raven King finally be fulfilled? Norrell: Season 1 News. All Critics 35 Top Critics 21 Fresh 32 Rotten 3.
What remains is the rivalry at its center, prickly and loving, between the two magicians of the title: chipper Jonathan Strange Bertie Carvel and dyspeptic Gilbert Norrell Eddie Marsan.
The problem with the miniseries, written by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, is its lack of emotional potency, at least in the first two episodes.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is not so much about good versus evil but the the clash of the men's two very different natures -- reason versus romanticism, intellect versus emotion.
Dear reader, allow me to put your mind at ease. The television version of Jonathan Strange is a remarkable enchantment in its own right.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is a fleet, entertaining transfiguration that keeps Clarke's big ideas while pulling a few tricks from its own sleeve.
The deeper we get into its labyrinth of conflicted magicians, conniving faeries and period-piece-gone-mad atmosphere, the more you fall prey to its spell.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is a visual treat, a great original period piece that makes costume dramas seem absurdly stuffy and conservative.
One episode down out of seven and already it's put a spell on me. We recommend persevering to the end of the first episode, because things get interesting -- and surprisingly hilarious -- soon enough.
It's still an enjoyable break from the mundane, non-magical life, provided you're willing to open your mind to it. It moves along fairly quickly More Headlines.
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