This group has been created for people to discuss 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell', Susanna Clarke's much anticipated debut novel which was released on September 8 worldwide. It's also very acceptable to post news/articles/interview/pictures related to the book.
I intend this group to be very casual, so that everyone can go through the novel at their own pace; therefore, I require posters to place spoilers under LJ cuts (if you don't know how to do a cut, check out the FAQ section on the LJ website).
The year is 1806. England is beleagured by the long war with Napoleon, and it is hundreds of years since practical magic faded into the nation's past. But scholars of this glorious history suddenly discover that one practicing magician still remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell of Hurtfew Abbey. Challenged to demonstrate his powers, Norrell causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and sing, and sends a thrill through the country. The magician proceeds to London, trailed by excited rumors, where he raises a beautiful young woman from the dead and finally enters the war, summoning an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French.
Yet Norrell is soon challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome, and daring, Strange is the very opposite of the cautious, fussy Norrell. Still, Norrell agrees to take Strange as a pupil, and the young magician joins England's cause, enduring the rigors of Wellington's campaign in Portugal to lend the army his supernatural skill on the battlefield.
But as Strange's powers grow, so do his ambitions. He becomes obsessed with the founder of English magic, a shadowy twelfth-century figure known as the Raven King. In his increasingly reckless pursuit of the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, Strange risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else that he holds dear.
Elegant, witty, and flawlessly detailed, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is a magisterial first novel that draws readers into Susanna Clarke's fantastic and utterly convincing vision of a past world.