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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (3 Vol. Collector's Edition Box Set)

Susanna Clarke

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ISBN 10: 1596911530 / ISBN 13: 9781596911536
Published by Bloomsbury USA, 2005
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Title: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (3 Vol. ...

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Susanna Clarke's first novel and international best-seller, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is an utterly compelling heroic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two very different magicians who, as teacher and pupil and then as rivals, emerge to change its history.

The epic is now available as a beautiful collectable boxed set. The visually stunning set includes three paperback volumes, each bound in a different color: cranberry, black, and white.

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It's 1808 and that Corsican upstart Napoleon is battering the English army and navy. Enter Mr. Norrell, a fusty but ambitious scholar from the Yorkshire countryside and the first practical magician in hundreds of years. What better way to demonstrate his revival of British magic than to change the course of the Napoleonic wars? Susanna Clarke's ingenious first novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, has the cleverness and lightness of touch of the Harry Potter series, but is less a fairy tale of good versus evil than a fantastic comedy of manners, complete with elaborate false footnotes, occasional period spellings, and a dense, lively mythology teeming beneath the narrative. Mr. Norrell moves to London to establish his influence in government circles, devising such powerful illusions as an 11-day blockade of French ports by English ships fabricated from rainwater. But however skillful his magic, his vanity provides an Achilles heel, and the differing ambitions of his more glamorous apprentice, Jonathan Strange, threaten to topple all that Mr. Norrell has achieved. A sparkling debut from Susanna Clarke--and it's not all fairy dust. --Regina Marler

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