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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004)

door Susanna Clarke

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Twee magiers weten in het Engeland van begin 19e eeuw de toverkunst nieuw leven in te blazen.
Onlangs toegevoegd doorlunasradish, livelylen, besloten bibliotheek, dishchan, katefren, mhallbilsback, r17marti, phoebemnewman, louramcrae
  1. 401
    The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories door Susanna Clarke (billiecat, celtic)
  2. 341
    Ster door Neil Gaiman (GreenVelvet, GreenVelvet, GreenVelvet)
    GreenVelvet: Both Stardust and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell are detailed, well-written and riveting explorations of the world of fairie.
  3. 241
    Little, Big door John Crowley (VisibleGhost)
  4. 231
    Het nachtcircus door Erin Morgenstern (-Eva-, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Magical rivalries are at the heart of these unconventional Fantasy novels, which play out over decades and against elaborate, atmospheric 19th-century backdrops. Their initially relaxed pacing gains momentum as the various narrative threads dramatically converge.… (meer)
  5. 212
    The Book of Lost Things door John Connolly (derelicious, jonathankws)
  6. 171
    Lud-in-the-Mist door Hope Mirrlees (TheSpecialistsCat)
    TheSpecialistsCat: Both Clarke and Mirrlees lived briefly in Spain, then returned home to write about fairies and also, ostensibly, what it means to be English.
  7. 226
    De bestemming door Mervyn Peake (saltmanz)
    saltmanz: Both extrememly atmospheric books, with vivid visuals and memorable characters.
  8. 182
    De koningsdochter van Elfenland door Lord Dunsany (billiecat)
    billiecat: Clarke's descriptions of Faerie share the dreamlike qualities of Dunsany's novel.
  9. 183
    Het dertiende verhaal door Diane Setterfield (majkia)
    majkia: both books evoked the same sort of feeling for me.
  10. 185
    Temeraire door Naomi Novik (Rodo)
  11. 185
    The Amulet of Samarkand door Jonathan Stroud (clif_hiker)
  12. 141
    Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot door Patricia C. Wrede (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Both have the same "Jane-Austen-meets-Harry-Potter" vibe to them; "Jonathan Strange" is denser and more grown-up, while "Sorcery & Cecelia" is funnier and more of a romp.
  13. 187
    De duistere vloed door Susan Cooper (ErlendSkjelten)
    ErlendSkjelten: I don't remember making this recommendation, much less why I did; they are very different books. I think I felt that they both conjured up the same mystic mood, and they are both concerned with a very British magic.
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    Bitter Seeds door Ian Tregillis (Aerrin99)
    Aerrin99: Books which focus on a fascinating historical Britain, but with added fun like magicians and more.
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    De zin van het duister een bekentenis door Michael Cox (Anonieme gebruiker)

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There are a few questions you might ask yourself before you start Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, that I did not know to ask. The first is, do you like Magical Realism? For the most part, I do not. The second is, are you willing to devote the time you must give to the first half of this tome (the first half being rather difficult to endure) to get to the second half, which moves much faster and is fairly engrossing? If I could have the time back, my answer would be probably not. Ah, but then even Strange and Norrell could not give me back my time, I fear.

Perhaps the failing is in me when I read this kind of book, but I cannot find any deeper meaning in it. It is just a fantastic story, meant to entertain. A bit like watching a horror movie (another genre that fails to capture my imagination). I admit that once I got about halfway in, I would not have stopped reading. I needed to know what was going to happen and how this pair of magicians were going to disentangle themselves from the destruction they were courting. Like passing a car wreck that you would prefer to look away from but simply cannot. Sorry, I seem to be given to similes today.

I can see how someone who loves this genre would LOVE this book. The author is artful, the suspense is sustained, and the magic is magical. Not a case of the book not been well-written, just a case of the reader not been the proper audience. I have a book going right now that is set in Victorian England, minus the magic, and I am hoping it will bring me back to the real world that I prefer.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Couldn't do it. A 1/4 of the way through and nothing but a few little hints at the main story showed themselves. I understand the setting and have enough interact with British culture to understand they have a different style of talk for this time period. However, the book gets lost in establishing 30 different characters who aren't all that interesting to get to one character or plot point. Also by 1/4 of the read, only two or three main plot points have showed themselves. So I couldn't do it. A story about magic in England during the Napoleonic Wars? Does that sound like it could be boring? Because it was. Final Grade - F ( )
  agentx216 | Aug 1, 2022 |
This is a test review. Do not think poorly of me for this. ( )
  conceptDawg225 | Jul 13, 2022 |
This was a solidly entertaining read. The book spends a lot of time weaving a lot of threads that are all drawn together in the end. If you like that sort of thing (and I do), then there's a good chance you'll enjoy the book. If you prefer a more direct plot, you'll probably be driven to boredom. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
This is one of the most captivating reads I have come across for some time. It is complex and compelling. It is written in the style of a Victorian novel, which I can see could put some readers off. However if, like me, you grew up reading classical literature this feels very comfortable in style.

It tells the story of two magicians and their attempts to resurrect English magic, a process which inevitably leads to dealings with the fairy folk. Needless to say it does not go quite according to plan.

This book is not a light read, or a quick listen for that matter. I would highly recommend it though because it is superbly well written, well researched and immersive. Just allow plenty of time to soak up the world which Susanna Clarke as created. ( )
  restimson | Jun 22, 2022 |
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Her deftly assumed faux-19th century point of view will beguile cynical adult readers into losing themselves in this entertaining and sophisticated fantasy.
toegevoegd door DieFledermaus | bewerkThe Seattle Times, Nisi Shawl (Sep 12, 2004)
Many charmed readers will feel, as I do, that Susanna Clarke has wasted neither her energies nor our many reading hours.
toegevoegd door conceptDawg | bewerkNew York Times, Gregory Maguire (Sep 5, 2004)
Susanna Clarke, who resides in Cambridge, England, has spent the past decade writing the 700-plus pages of this remarkable book. She's a great admirer of Charles Dickens and has produced a work every bit as enjoyable as The Pickwick Papers, with more than a touch of the early Anne Rice thrown in for good measure.
toegevoegd door timspalding | bewerkRocky Mountain News, Ed Halloran (Sep 3, 2004)
"Move over, little Harry. It’s time for some real magic."
A chimera of a novel that combines the dark mythology of fantasy with the delicious social comedy of Jane Austen into a masterpiece of the genre that rivals Tolkien.
toegevoegd door Shortride | bewerkTime, Lev Grossman (Aug 16, 2004)

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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Clarke, Susannaprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Bützow, HeleneVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Gaiman, NeilIntroductieSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Janiš, ViktorVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Merla, PaolaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Prebble, SimonVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Rosenberg, PortiaIllustratorSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Ruben, PaulProducerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Webb, WilliamOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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He hardly ever spoke of magic, and when he did it was like a history lesson and no one could bear to listen to him.
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At sixteen she spoke -- not only French, Italian & German -- which are part of any lady's commonplace accomplishments -- but all the languages of the civilized (and uncivilized) world. She spoke the language of the Scottish Highlands (which is like singing). She spoke Basque, which is a language which rarely makes any impression upon the brains of any other race, so that a man may hear it as often and as long as he likes, but never afterwards be able to recall a single syllable of it. She even learnt the language of a strange country which, Signor Tosetti had been told, some people believed still existed, although no one in the world could say where it was. (The name of the country was Wales.)
It is also true that that his hair had a reddish tinge and, as everybody knows, no one with red hair can ever truly be said to be handsome.
"Soldiers, I am sorry to say, steal everything." He thought for a moment and then added, "Or at least ours do."
"Can a magician kill a man by magic?" Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might," he admitted "but a gentleman never could."
It may be laid down as a general rule that if a man begins to sing, no one will take any notice of his song except his fellow human beings. This is true even if his song is surpassingly beautiful. Other men may be in raptures at his skill, but the rest of creation is, by and large, unmoved. Perhaps a cat or a dog may look at him; his horse, if it is an exceptionally intelligent beast, may pause in cropping the grass, but that is the extent of it. But when the fairy sang, the whole world listened to him. Stephen felt clouds pause in their passing; he felt sleeping hills shift and murmur; he felt cold mists dance. He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands. In the fairy's song the earth recognized the names by which it called itself.
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Twee magiers weten in het Engeland van begin 19e eeuw de toverkunst nieuw leven in te blazen.

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Twee tovenaars zullen in Engeland verschijnen.
De eerste zal mij vrezen; de tweede zal ernaar verlangen mij te aanschouwen...

Engeland, 1806. In de stad York komt een genootschap van tovenaars iedere derde woensdag van de maand bijeen om gezamenlijk de geschiedenis van de magie in Engeland te bestuderen. Naar de mening van de leden van het genootschap zijn er geen praktiserende tovenaars meer in Engeland. Maar dan verschijnt de teruggetrokken meneer Norrell van Hurtfew Abbey ten tonele en prompt beginnen de standbeelden van de kathedraal van York te praten en te bewegen.

Het nieuws van de terugkeer van de Engelse magie gaat als een lopend vuurtje door het land, en ervan overtuigd dat hij de regering moet helpen in de oorlog tegen Napoleon, trekt meneer Norrell naar Londen. Daar ontmoet hij een jonge, geniale tovenaar, die bij hem in de leer gaat. Jonathan Strange is charmant, rijk en ietwat over het paard getild.

Samen verbluffen zij het land met hun daden. Maar de samenwerking slaat al snel om in rivaliteit. Meneer Norrell heeft zijn gewoonte alles in het verborgene te verrichten nooit kunnen overwinnen, terwijl Strange zich altijd aangetrokken zal blijven voelen door de meest extreme en roekeloze magie. Hij raakt in de ban van de schemeringe Ravenkoning en zijn nietsontziende queeste naar een verloren gegane magie bedreigt niet alleen zijn samenwerking met Norrell, maar alles wat hem lief is.

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