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Librarian note Alternate cover edition of Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing forEnglish magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call they could command winds, mountains, and woods But by the early s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memoryBut at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England s magical past and regained some of the powers of England s magicians He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain ships to confuse and alarm the FrenchAll goes well until a rival magician appears Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative the very opposite of Mr Norrell Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington s army and doing magic on battlefields Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all Eventually Strange s heedless pursuit of long forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear If a novel of nearly 900 pages can be summarised in one phrase then Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell may, I think, be described as a stately, sly, witty, intricate, comic retelling of Dracula, with digressions and very little blood Count Dracula takes life from beautiful young ladies, enslaves them, enchants them, enraptures them, steals them away, into his own twilight oops, sorry vampire world they become something other than what they were, undead, not alive yet not dead, creatures which do If a novel of nearly 900 pages can be summarised in one phrase then Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell may, I think, be described as a stately, sly, witty, intricate, comic retelling of Dracula, with digressions and very little blood Count Dracula takes life from beautiful young ladies, enslaves them, enchants them, enraptures them, steals them away, into his own twilight oops, sorry vampire world they become something other than what they were, undead, not alive yet not dead, creatures which do his bidding the company I work for does something quite similar so it appears to be legal In Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell, a fairy does exactly the same thing, but there s no blood involved, just a little magic In Dracula it takes quite a while before the heroes realise what s happening to their gorgeous young women in both books the gorgeousness is emphasised, I do like that, you know, since they re imaginary why can t they be drop dead too hmm, probably the wrong phrase But compared with Mr Strange and Mr Norrell, the Dracula boys are quick on the uptake Because we re past page 600 before the penny drops in this one THE ARBITRARINESS OF MAGICOne of my problems with this giant enfolding fog of a book is the nature of magic itself In Dracula Van Helsing lays out the rules about vampires for the readers they can do this but they can t do that sunlight, shape shifting silver crosses all of that He later wrote the Observer Book of Vampires Heinemann, 1911 and it s all in there The rules are the rules Many young leary vampires have been struck off for thinking that they were too cool for rules Governing committee You were seen buying maximum factor sunblock in Superdrug three Saturdays in a row.Young cool vampire Yeah well, my girlfriend wants me to go camping with her family next week.Governing committee Under section 3 subsection 2 paragraph B I hereby strike you off the official list of vampires.YCV But butGC Beat it, kid, don t waste our time This is a serious business But there are no rules for magic at least, none discernable The rule seems to be sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn t Mr Strange goes to war to help the English fight Napoleon Boney In Portugal he is able to create good roads where only mud tracks exist for the English Army to march down Later he is able to make magical hands arise from the earth and entangle the French troops but he doesn t do any magic to prevent the English troops being massacred by cannonballs and artillery what, no magical winds available to blow the cannonballs off course But pardon, Mr Strange, elsewhere don t you say that weather magic is the easiest sort to do So whyever not Well, we are not told He never thinks of doing it, never thinks of alleviating the English troops suffering Susanna Clark says in an interview that she wished to show that people s romantic or over optimistic notions of magic were to be disappointed by the unsatisfactoriness of her version of magic I take that argument, it s a good one, but it does not solve the difficulty of arbitrariness and the lack of any rules or boundaries.When anything can happen, and then at some other point, for unknown reasons, the same thing can t happen, the element of tension simply disappears in a cloud of smoke poof As if by magic BIPOLARITYI thought that the villain in this novel was certainly suffering from undiagnosed bipolar disorder Alas that the story took place in the 1810s, when mood stabilising medication had not yet been developed If the gentleman with the thistledown hair had been prescribed Carbamazepine, Lamotrigine or Lithium I am quite sure the whole thing with the ladies would have never happened and the misunderstanding and antagonisms between him and the two magicians would never have arisen in the first place STYLEIt has been said this novel is like Dickens It is not Those who say that have not read Dickens Do not believe them.It is said that this novel is like Jane Austen Okay, with your left eye closed and your right eye squinched up and tilting the novel at a slight angle, then yes, it is But don t say it too loudly or Jane Austen fans might beat you lightly with their lace doileys.PACINGThe good news the story definitely picks up around page 650 That is the good news.SHOULD YOU READ THIS BOOK For readers thinking about giving this one a go , you should know a few things Half of this novel is quite a bit longer than most other novels, so unless you like slow, laborious build ups this is not the magical equivalent of Quentin Tarantino s Kill Bill , intricate fake scholarly footnotes recounting mad details about non existent books, people, folk tales, all pseudo erudite tomfoolery calculated to flesh out the magical world whilst at the same time giving the reader many large winks along the lines aren t we having some scholarly fun Isn t this a thinking person s hoot unless you like many pages spent fretting about whether Mr Norrell will lend Mr Strange a particular book this will he won t he theme gets a little tiresome, so I ll let you know big plot spoiler he doesn t now you can skip those bits unless you like your reading to be languid, leisurely, luxurious, learned, leavened with loopy legerdemain and long, long, long, this may not be the one for you Sigh, just what we need, another revolutionary, unusual fantasy book by an author with a practiced mastery of tone When will authors like Clarke realize that what the fantasy genre needs arepseudo medieval monomyths that sprawl out into fifteen volumes Her magic didn t conveniently solve all of the characters problems, instead, they wasted time thinking through conflicts and then had to solve them by taking action how dull is that The magic was weird, anyways It didn t have a simplist Sigh, just what we need, another revolutionary, unusual fantasy book by an author with a practiced mastery of tone When will authors like Clarke realize that what the fantasy genre needs arepseudo medieval monomyths that sprawl out into fifteen volumes Her magic didn t conveniently solve all of the characters problems, instead, they wasted time thinking through conflicts and then had to solve them by taking action how dull is that The magic was weird, anyways It didn t have a simplistic, internal system to allow it to act as a one for one substitute with technology, it was just all unpredictable and otherworldly and unknowable how can you even call that magic And the characters were overly complicated Instead of acting as recognizable archetypes, they were complex, conflicted, and developed as the story progressed For some reason, they also seemed hesitant to fall back on the default plan of attacking anything that gets in their way, which was probably why this book was so long I guess they just didn t have a strong enough sense of honor to instantly kill anyone who opposed them.And then, instead of having her characters laboriously explain how the world worked to each other, she made brief mentions in footnotes, as if she were writing a history I m not sure why she made this decision, I often explain to my friends in basic terms how cars and money work in our culture, so it s clear that endless expositionary dialogue is the most realistic way to inform the reader I mean, I guess you could just have the omniscient narrator tell us everything in detail, that s almost as good.Come to think of it, this book had a lot of history stuff, it was almost like she had read a whole bunch about the period her book was set in, which is such a waste of time, because if that s what I wanted, I d just read a history book I mean sure, the author could take some vague things from a period, but otherwise they should just treat everything as if it were the modern day so it ll make sense Besides, if she had any errors, she could just remind us that it s fiction , so it s all fake anyways and it s pointless to try to make it seem real.I guess she thought she was Jane Austen, or something, gradually building a tonal portrait of the world and revealing the characters through details of action and conversation I don t know why she would try to write like those boring, old, dead authors, they wouldn t have to make us read them in school if they were good.I should have known it was going to be bad when I saw it had footnotes in it, like a textbook or something, but I tried not to read any of them because I didn t want to accidentally learn some stupid fact and then be STUCK with it FOREVER , because I m saving up that brain space to memorize the lineage of the ninth house of the Dragonpriests of Ur, or maybe which incantation can counterspell the splash damage effect of a lesser draconic fireball.So the whole book, I kept waiting for one of the women to be raped or at the very least threatened with rape , or maybe enslaved, or for someone to be put in a collar and tortured by a woman in leather, or to be spanked in public as part of some cultural ritual, or to walk through flames while spraying breastmilk everywhere, or some other perfectly normal expression of human sexuality, but don t bother waiting, you ll only be disappointed Really, the only thing that could have made it worse is if it were illustrated by Charles Vess, like the equally hopeless sequel.So yeah, basically this book is WAY TOO LONG I mean, it was totally worth it for me to read the first five twelve hundred page books of the Dragonkingspell Cycle it starts to get good at book six , but that s nothing compared to how much it tried my patience to read this book I probably wouldn t have been able to finish it if I didn t need something to read while waiting twelve years for Jeb R.R.R Franzibald to finish book seven.But I guess if you like a well researched, historically accurate book that doesn t tell the same, familiar story, doesn t use magic as a plot facilitator, reads like a Gothic novel, slowly builds the story based on psychologically developed characters, and is obsessed with tone, then this is the book for you Congratulations.Otherwise, you can sit around with me and hope the author of our favorite series doesn t die before finishing vol XVIII of The Epic Magic Sword of the Undead Dragon Throne Saga Duovigintilogy, where we will finally discover whether the badass, outcast, swordmaster, dragonrider assassin prince defeats the great evil, once and for all with the help of his trusty albino wolf girlfriend, of course.My Fantasy Book Suggestions 3.5 I FINALLY FINISHED Without a doubt the best book I have read this year I write that without hesitation and with a beaming smile on my face Incredible Enthralling Amazing The book was over 800 pages long and it did not seem long enough When I finished the book, I immediately turned out the light and tried to drift off to sleep, because I knew nothing else I did that night was going to top the feeling I got after blowing through the last 100 pages like a madwoman I want to start it over again, immediately.The Without a doubt the best book I have read this year I write that without hesitation and with a beaming smile on my face Incredible Enthralling Amazing The book was over 800 pages long and it did not seem long enough When I finished the book, I immediately turned out the light and tried to drift off to sleep, because I knew nothing else I did that night was going to top the feeling I got after blowing through the last 100 pages like a madwoman I want to start it over again, immediately.The book is like reading Dickens, with the dialogue of Jane Austen, and the best writing of every classic fantasy I ve read All at once Clarke manages to pay her homage while being entirely original herself And the pages just keep turning and turning You almost don t notice as 200 pages go by in less than two hours This is a book to devour Again, and again, and again For those who have never been interested in the fantasy genre before, do not be put off It s not even about the fantasy, though of course it is a major presence and the plot focuses around it History geeks There are three delightful, hilarious appearances by Wellington, George III and Lord Byron, as well as various Cabinet ministers of the time period.The prose is wonderful, dead on Clarke has the ability to shift seamlessly from witty, sarcastic, detached prose and dialogue in the style of Jane Austen or Oscar WildeThese ladies and gentlemen, visitors to the city of Venice, were excessively pleased with the Campo Santa Maria Formosa They thought the facades of the houses very magnificent they could not praise them highly enough But the sad decay which buildings, bridges and church all displayed seemed to charm them evenThey were Englishmen and, to them, the decline of other nations was the most natural thing in the world They belonged to a race so blessed with so sensitive an appreciation of its own talents and so doubtful an opinion of any body else s that they would not have been at all surprised to learn that the Venetians themselves had been entirely ignorant of the merits of their own city until Englishmen had come to tell them it was delightfuland then shift into lines that would do any fantasy author proudSpring returned to England Birds followed ploughs Stones were warmed by the sun Rains and winds grew softer, and were fragranced by the scents of the earth and growing things Woods were tinged with a colour so soft, so subtle that it could scarcely be said to be a colour at all It wasthe idea of a colour as if the trees were dreaming green dreams or thinking green thoughts Those quotes don t do it justice, they were just ones my eyes came across when I randomly opened pages The writing is just beyond fantastic, to say the least That, on top of an intriguing, well developed, incredibly well researched portrait of England at the time of the Napoleonic wars It manages to cover all the major areas that British literature is known for, all at once, in one book, and do them all justice Clarke is also able to touch on a lot of serious issues that were present in England at the time racial relations, the problems of a hereditary ruling class She makes you aware of them as a background, but doesn t push them in your face It s just another way she s able to make her evocation of the time period that muchperfect I should perhaps have written this review with a greater distance from finishing the novel But I think I m justified in doing it now, if only to give an idea of the kind of amazing feeling that the book gives you from reading it and finishing it.Books like this are why I love literature.Read it End of story finally