Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative, the very opposite of Mr. Norrell. Astonished to find another practicing magician in early 1800s England, 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 Norrell, their power is something to be controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the shadowy, ancient figure of the Raven King, 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 he holds dear.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : Sound Library, 2005.
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Prebble, Simon
Alternative Title: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell


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Dec 16, 2015

Some say this book is sort of a Harry Potter for adults. Perhaps, but that misses the point. A better description is an extended Sherlock Holmes mystery written by a Conan-Doyle on goof-weed ... lol ..You've probably never read a book like this before. Ambiguities abound. Even the characters often don't understand what is happening. I liked that the magic doesn't always go as planned, or there's unintended consequences. Like when Strange is commissioned to upright a listing British Navy ship that has run aground on a sand bar. He's successful in digging the ship out and re-floating it, saving the lives of the crew; but then other ship's officers using the same channel begin to complain that where he's placed all that sand he dug up has created new and uncharted sand bars they are now running into. These people are hard to please. There's 3 basic plot themes, derived from well known stories: The Faustian Bargain; Orpheus' rescue of Eurydice from Hades; and Faerie Mythology per Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". This isn't a book where you'll likely learn something that will help you in your present situation. Instead, think of it as endlessly fascinating entertainment. Especially so if you have a bent for magic.

Jun 28, 2015

Magical, mystical, wonderfully told. This is like Harry Potter for adults because the world that Clarke portrays is so real and seamless. Magic and "normality" blend perfectly.
The footnotes are a wonderful way of telling the reader the history, tales, fables and lives of magicians of ancient times. It brings the past into the current story.
I read the paper book years ago and now listened to the audio. Both are great. The footnotes are read here in their entirety and the narration is wonderful.

Jun 29, 2011

excellent book, most enjoyable reading


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