CHARACTERS ð Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell

SUMMARY Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell

CHARACTERS ð Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell ´ Librarian note Alternate cover edition of 9780765356154Sophisticated 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 longiHire 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. B 77% | Good Notes Very slow paced and the ending doesn't justify its length but characters are strong and it shows flashes of brilliance

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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 dea. Jesus Christ this book reads like molasses It's like the author took every book from her Brit Lit class and consciously tried to make it wordier and longer than all of them combined I get the point she wants to make but I honestly could not get past the second chapter It also was so incredibly pretentious The whole thing has this superior feel like having a conversation with someone who is absolutely reassured of how much smarter they are than you It left me feeling bored stupid depressed and confused and those are four words that I do not like to associate with readingIf you really want to plow through a novel like this just go read some Charles Dickens You get used to him after a few pages and you start to like him after the first chapter Clarke however never redeems herself

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Jonathan Strange Mr NorrellLibrarian note Alternate cover edition of 9780765356154Sophisticated 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 for English 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 1800s 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 Yorks. 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 are pseudo medieval monomyths that sprawl out into fifteen volumesHer 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 themAnd 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 goodCome 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 realI 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 goodI 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 fireballSo 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 eually hopeless seuelSo 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 RRR Franzibald to finish book sevenBut 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 CongratulationsOtherwise 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 wolfgirlfriend of courseMy Fantasy Book Suggestions