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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

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! 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. All this faux-erudition underpins the book's central conceit: By , English magicians have been reduced to ineffectual theoreticians and antiquarian book-collectors.

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Gilbert Norrell, Yorkshire scholar-supreme, astounds them all by performing feats of "practical" magic - an ungentlemanly pursuit that earns him instant renown. Clarke deadpans: Imagine then the interest that surrounded Miss Wintertowne! No young lady ever had such advantages before: Suitably persuaded of Norrell's power, the British government employs him to help fight Napoleon; he obliges by breaking a naval blockade with a fleet of ships made entirely of rain.

Further miracles follow, but Norrell's paymasters hint strongly that they could do with a team of magicians working full-time. Reluctantly, therefore, Norrell takes on a pupil - Jonathan Strange, a Darcy-like gallant with an innate gift for magic far beyond that of his bookworm teacher.

The rest of the tale, aside from the ever-plentiful digressions, examines the uneasy friendship of the two magician-scholars, Strange's continental adventures, the mischief of the Faerie king, and the treachery of Norrell's parasitical entourage of fops and factotums.

Clarke is a sophisticated writer, crafting elegant metaphors such as: Oxford-educated and steeped in Literature, she'll probably be spared the sniffy reviews and snobbery that have dogged JK Rowling. Yes, the Austen imitation is deftly maintained and the other obvious influences - Ursula le Guin, Mervyn Peake, Dickens, Chesterton - are well-synthesised.

But overall this large, loquacious book has nothing much to say, the plot creaks frightfully in many places and the pace dawdles.

New characters are constantly being added, even near the end, and most of them struggle to earn their narrative keep. Even Byron loiters in the story for a while, serving no purpose beyond a literary wink-wink. The most worrying weakness, though, is the book's low emotional temperature. Norrell's pangs of scholarly rivalry are by far the most intense feelings in this eerily bloodless world; more basic loves and hates, yearnings, hopes and sufferings have apparently been magicked into an inaccessible realm.Beyond the twee period spellings, formally aping Jane Austen without her keen insights, sly humor and character development so far makes this seem like a rather tedious children's book.

I was picking up on things like Chesterton and Conan Doyle , and the sense which is also in Jane Austen of what it was to be an English gentleman at the time when England was a very confident place". Norrell instead tries to keep magic for himself, because he wants be "the greater wizard of all times", he also care for his Country, he says black magic is despicable and tries to protect the world, attempting to stop Strange who wants spread magic knowledge publishing it in a journal or books.

Keep in mind that the beloved Harry Potter series never attracted my attention either although I have to admit that you are right, perhaps I don't know what I'm missing! I never bothered to care about Mr.

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It's just too much of a time investment in a seemingly great idea that doesn't pay off. This genial thing of this book is that is based on a dualism: Team Norrell vs.

The book became that rare thing, a fine and wonderful book that found its readers, all across the world, and was garlanded and lauded and awarded and acclaimed.