Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the debut novel by British writer Susanna Clarke. Published in 2004, it is an alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Its premise is that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange.
About Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in brief
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is the debut novel by British writer Susanna Clarke. Published in 2004, it is an alternative history set in 19th-century England around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Its premise is that magic once existed in England and has returned with two men: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. The novel investigates the nature of Englishness and the boundaries between reason and unreason, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Dane, and Northern and Southern English cultural tropesstereotypes. It was longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize and won the 2005 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Clarke describes the supernatural with careful detail. She supplements the text with almost 200 footnotes, outlining the backstory and an entire fictional corpus of magical scholarship. In this book the North is romantic and magical, rather than rational and concrete. The narrative draws on various Romantic literary traditions, such as the comedy of manners, the Gothic tale, and the Byronic hero. It has been described as a fantasy novel, anAlternative history, and a historical novel. It inverts the Industrial Revolution conception of the North–South divide in England: in this book, the North has a romantic, magical and magical side. The book was well received by critics and reached number three on the New York Times best-seller list, with 250,000 hardcover copies sold.
The Stranges become a popular couple in London, and become friends during one of Strange’s visits to the Arab world. Despite their differing opinions and temperaments, Strange becomes Norrell’s pupil and pupil’s pupil. The story opens in 1809 with Strange learning of Mr Norrel and travelling to London to meet him to meet John Uskglass, the King of English magic. It ends in 1815 with Strange and Mr Norll meeting the Duke of Wellington. The final volume of the book opens in the kingdom of Lost-Hope, where they dance all night long long long with the gentleman with thistle-down hair in the court of the king. It is published by Bloomsbury in September 2004, with illustrations by Portia Rosenberg, and is available in hardcover for £16.99 ($25) and paperback for £18.99 (with illustrations). The novel is available to pre-order now from Amazon.com for £12.99 (£14.99 plus £1.99 p&p). For more information on Jonathan Strange &Mr Norrell, visit the author’s website or go to: http://www.susanna-clarke.com/Jonathan-Strange-and-Mr-Norrell-Volume-1-2-3-4-4.html. For more on the book, go to http://susanna- Clarke’s- website.com/. For more about the book and the characters, visit http:// www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell/Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.