Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 14.56
  • List Price: CDN$ 19.95
  • You Save: CDN$ 5.39 (27%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell Paperback – Sep 20 2005


See all 31 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 14.56
CDN$ 10.69 CDN$ 0.01

Join Amazon Student in Canada



Frequently Bought Together

Customers buy this book with Cloud Atlas (Movie Tie-in Edition) CDN$ 16.57

Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell + Cloud Atlas (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Price For Both: CDN$ 31.13

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Show details

  • This item: Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell

    Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details

  • Cloud Atlas (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    In Stock.
    Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
    FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ CDN$ 25. Details


Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK; New edition edition (Sept. 20 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747579881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747579885
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 4 2004
Format: Paperback
I truly did not expect to like this book--this big, this enormous, intimidating book. My friends in my book club voted to read it (I didn't), but they were right and I was wrong. And to accept defeat, I announce with a shout: This is one seductively brilliant, imaginative novel! Clarke resurrects nineteenth century England with meticulous skill, then casts over it a Harry Potter-like magical aura. It has to be read to be believed. It all sounds foolish, I know. I was where you are now, smirking, shaking my head, saying, Right, right! But if you have good liberal-minded friends like I do, then you'll see. You'll see.
Other recommended books from my book club: AMAGANSETT by Mill and A SECRET WORD by Paddock
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Kindle Edition
By the beginning of the nineteenth century, magic no longer seems to be practiced in England. The greatest magician of all - the Raven King - is barely more than a legend. A society of magicians meets in York on the third Wednesday of each month, writing and reading papers on the history of English magic. But this changes when Mr Gilbert Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey is drawn out of seclusion by the society. Norrell is persuaded that he must help the government in the war against Napoleon, and travels to London where he meets the young magician Jonathan Strange.

`"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."'

As partners and rivals, Norrell and Strange shape some of the events of the early nineteenth century. They both assist the British war effort on the continent, and influence Lord Byron's poetry. But while they both see a magical renaissance as the only way to arrest the decline of the world, they are not agreed on the best way to effect this. Should the past be buried, or recreated? Should knowledge be shared, or withheld? Mr Norrell is inclined to secrecy, while Jonathan Strange is attracted to risk. And then there is the overlay of the faerie world to contend with and to try to make sense of.

Of the two main characters, Jonathan Strange is more outgoing and likeable. Norrell is both secretive and prone to manipulating events and people. But it's a long and perilous journey through the book for both Norrell and Strange, and those around them. In addition to historical figures including King George III, Wellington and Lord Byron there is an impressive cast of characters - some more likeable than others.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The content of this book was a bit slow to get into, but I was willing to give it a go except readability was bogged down by poor printing in paperback edition. By the time I hit page 200 even though the plot was picking up, enough was enough. Main problem is that some pages are printed off centre, so that the text on the page bleeds into the spine of the book. If you're someone who cranks your books flat and breaks the spine doing so, you might be fine, but for the average paperback reader who treats their books with care, there are some pages that you won't be able to read without doing so because the ends of each sentence disappear into the crevice of the spine. Additionally, some pages are printed in a faint ink while others are dark enough (standard) and no trouble. Those issues combined with small-ish font made the paperback near impossible to read in low light conditions aka even with a bedside lamp. If you are interested in the title I suggest picking it up in hardcover or as Kindle/e-reader version. I exchanged my first paperback with Amazon but the replacement they sent was no better and had the same issues - avoid the paperback version in my opinion.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
First, let me start by saying that JONATHAN STRANGE is not an easy read; the novel is long, the book is heavy and not easy to carry around. But that is all the bad I can say about it. If you like history, like stories about magic, like to read, this book is for you. The story is so compelling, the way Clarke take history and blends it with her story, the intricacies of the characters, and the way it was written makes not want to put the book down. Having read other stories of Magic, including J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter Series with my kids (which I love, by the way), this book surprised me and made me think and say: finally somebody thought about us who like to read fantasy books and are adults. Finally something that can entertain us without to be thinking as kids. This book to me was wonderful! Must also recommend another great book, though it is MUCH shorter and compact-still, a great read, and that is Jackson T. McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER, which is a fantastic collection of stories that entertains and touches the soul.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 10 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one masterpiece of modern fiction that I recommend young and old alike to read. It certainly exceeds anything the Harry Potter series has to say about the realm of ancient magic as it impinges on the affairs of the modern state. There is a virtual cornucopia of serious history interwoven with delightful, off-the-wall fiction to create a world that will certainly dazzle the senses and make you laugh at the other side of life. I started out listening to the audio rendition and ended up buying the book because it was so good. The story is both simple and complex in nature. It is the late eighteenth century England, and the magical power of sorcerers and the clandestine activities of fairies that once dominated the land centuries before have now fallen silent. Sure, there are thousands of books full of spells and enchantments stored away in dusty, cobwebbed old libraries throughout the kingdom, but who can understand them? The true practice of magic has fallen to a lot of charlatans and quacks who know little of the true power of the ancient formulas. That is until Mr. Norrell, an obscure magician from backwoods England steps forward to breathe new life into the profession and answer to an ancient prophecy that true magic would eventually return to save the kingdom. With the help of a young upstart named Jonathan Strange, Norrell undertakes an assignment to save the British Empire from that pestiferous Napoleon. This is where the story really takes off, and the reader gets to see the fabulous and not-so-fabulous goings-on in the world of magic happen before their very eyes. Norrell, the keeper of the secrets, is willing to take on Strange as his apprentice only if he obeys the master's instructions.Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Product Images from Customers

Most recent customer reviews

Search


Feedback