English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write ...
long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England's magical past and regained some of the powers of England's magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative-the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington's army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, 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 Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and 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 that he holds dear.Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.
Sono triste. Perché ho finito di leggere questo bellissimo libro. Sono triste perché potevano essere tre libri ed invece è un solo lungo libro pieno di amore, amicizia, guerra e magia onorevole. Sono triste perché il re corvo è un personaggio
..." bellissimo e affascinante. Sono triste perché vorrei tanto essere uno strangita, ma in realtà sono molto più norrelliano. Sono triste, aiutatemi.Continua...Nascondi
mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, fantasy, debut, teh-brillianz, napoleonicRead in October, 2004David Bowie for the Man with Thistledown Hair!THISTLE DOWNWords by Jennie Joy.Music by T. Crampton1. "Dear little Fly-a-way, may I inquire,Whither
..."/> 1. "Dear little Fly-a-way, may I inquire, Whither so fast you are going? See not before you, the creek and the mire, What if the wind should stop blowing, You cannot curb in the windsteeds; and tho' Firm on their necks you're now lying, If they should pause once, away you would go Into the mud and lie dying.
2. "Wee, winsome trouble-heart, can you not see, Home on these windsteeds I'm going? There to sleep sweetly, 'till Spring calls to me? Then a fair flow'r I'll be growing, Tho' but a weak little waif I appear, Purposes wise I'm fulfiling, Nothing that God rules is hopeless, my dear, Speed then winds, blow if you're willing.
A good story hindered by a colossal number of footnotes.
This is a book that is both enjoyable and very frustrating due to the abundance of footnotes that have a tendency to run on longer than the the actual tale. Very disappointed that the author did not use her time to place condensed versions within
..." the work, instead of contriving these long wonded explanations that did not need explaining. My advice, forget the footnotes, just pass them by and read the story.Continua...Nascondi
Very, very slow paced in the first two-thirds of the book. The narrative is very discursive, which also takes time and patience getting used to. The pace picks up in the final part of the book, and finishes quite well. I'm glad that I finished the
..." book, though it will be some time before I read it again.Continua...Nascondi