Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Postby shireling » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:20 pm

Just started watching this seven-part series about two early 19th Century magicians...
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Re: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Postby shireling » Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:13 am

For three hundred years, since the departure of the Raven King, there has been no magic in England.

But, Gilbert Norrell of Yorkshire, loves magic - he has no natural talent, but he loves magic enough to buy up every single book on the subject that he can get his hands on. The local Society of Magicians resents this, and, in order to quiet their complaints, they are finally challenged by Norrell to a 'duel' of sorts. If any member of the Society can manifest a spell, then Mr. Norrell will go quietly away. But, if he does it, then the others must agree to defer to him, and drop the title of magician from their names, proclaiming him the greatest magician in England. An agreement is signed by all except one, a Mr. Secundus - and that's a good thing.

Well, Norrell does do it, and so spectacularly (this is good! It takes place in York Minster), that the others are forced to secede from the profession.

Enter Jonathan Strange, a younger man who has no idea what he wants to do with his life, beyond marrying his beloved Arabella...
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Re: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Postby shireling » Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:48 pm

Jonathan's father is a tyrant - who, thankfully, dies not long after we meet him - and Strange takes up his inheritance, rescues his dad's servant and marries his sweetheart.

With estate in hand and wife by his side, Jonathan Strange sets about making a life for the two of them, when he comes across a vagrant being harassed by the local townspeople. No ordinary bum this, but a magician, who reveals a prophecy to Strange and sells him a few spells. As the constables approach, ready to scoop up this scruffy being, he waves the money in their faces - showing that he is a person of property - and Jonathan takes the pages home...

You need to read the book. Or barring that, see this series. I could go on and share the thing in here, but it's really good. You'll enjoy this. I promise...
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Re: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Postby Padfoot » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:26 am

Is there a book available? By whom?

I've never heard about the series before.
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Re: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Postby shireling » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:12 pm

The book is by Susanna Clarke, and until BBC-America began advertising the series, I'd never heard of it. It was published back in 2004. Here's the website

http://www.jonathanstrange.com/

Btw, there's a clip at the bottom of the page, and a little bit of a tease for Sherlock, too.
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