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The woman within the mirror drew nearer. For a moment she appeared directly behind it and they could see the elaborate embroidery and beading of her gown; . This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is. By: Susanna Clarke Media of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your.
Clicking on them takes you to the footnote and then hitting the left arrow button takes you back to where you were in the text. I think the ebook method can be enjoyable as well.
Your original impression may never change. My opinion is that it would be grating and boring with moments of mild amusement in any format. The footnotes are not horrendous. You click on the little number and it takes you to that footnote, which as I recall is really one of a series of endnotes at the end of the chapter.
Clicking "back" takes you to the point at which you departed from the text to go read the note. I agree that the book is quite slow-going in the beginning, but it does pick up as it goes along and I actually found it pretty engrossing as in, didn't want to put it down by the end. Give it another shot, says me.
I was enjoying it when I read it before. I think I had gotten through most of the slow bit at the beginning. It's just that I got home and other stuff caught my attention. I might check out the Kindle version. I am still taking suggestions of other books I will check out the Lev Grossman books too. A Game of Thrones , the Liaden Universe series i.
Agent of Change , and the Kingkiller series i. The Name of the Wind. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell isn't so much like the other series you mentioned as these are, but it is like The Magicians. But they're amazing if what you want is strange, haunting imagery featuring magic.
For more in that vein, anything by Neil Gaiman. You might enjoy The Night Circus. Make it a magician-themed vacation! But there is more to it: in fact, some people interpret history as just another kind, or genre, of narration. Both history and fictional stories have the same underlying structure of a narrative: they have a beginning, a middle and an end.
History as well as stories have to make sense and come to a conclusion. However, this is not the only aspect in which history and literature are overlapping.
An example: historians know that Napoleon Buonaparte crowned himself Emperor of France in and that he initiated a series of war all over Europe and that he eventually was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo and sent to St Helena in However, how it came to happen that way, how a boy from Corsica could become the most powerful man in Europe and how his power declined, historians do not know for certain.
Thus, history and literature are closer to each other than one would assume. But why should someone bother to compare history and literature in the first place? Initially, literature and history belonged to the same branch of sciences for a long time cf. Hutcheon Poetics It was only in the nineteenth century when scholars decided that literature is fictional and history is truth. This view, however, is unwarrantable today. Now, theorists stress the close connection between history and fiction which is most of all informed through the actual subjectivity of both fields.
Modern historians argue that history can never be as objective as von Ranke claimed. The way in which historians perceive history is always subjective. Although they can read a quantity of primary sources and material, they will never achieve a full understanding of a given period in history, their view on the past is always subjectively informed through their character, interests, emotions etc.
In consequence, there will always be a difference between what happened and what is written about it. That means that texts about history, as they are, cannot be objective but are always subjectively informed through the narrative voice of the historian who has but a limited perspective on the events as he did not live them but only re-constructs them from contemporary sources.
In brief, what happened is that the signifier texts about history strongly differs from the signified history itself. Apart from the subjective approach to history that cannot be avoided, the means by which historians confer their knowledge to the reader are also ambiguous. Those means, by nature are literary because historians have to employ words, phrases, metaphors, similes etc. Hayden White even goes so far as to classify historical writings as a narrative mode itself rather than the representation of truth cf.
Using the literary, narrative mode in historical texts is controversial. First, it hinders historians to convey an objective meaning, for the text is always influenced by their style of writing, emotions, interests and their character. The assumption that pure truth can be achieved is thus no longer valid.
But on the other hand, the literary mode is the only means to bring the content closer to the reader and to inform about past events. Therefore, 'history' and 'story' cannot be used synonymously. History, thus can be seen as nothing but a story or narration, but there is always the notion of reality, of a representation of truth that is connected to history whereas literary fiction knows no constraints whatsoever.
The author of fictional texts, however, can play with the idea that history and the world of literature are close to each other. This idea influenced a lot of historical narratives, like Shakespeare's historical plays e. These texts tell history in a narrative voice but not on a scientific or historiographical but in a creative, literary way. Historians fill them with what is most likely to be true whereas writers can reflect on the context and historical circumstances from a more distant point of view.
The writer of fictional texts does not have to pursue the truth but is freer in the way he or she interprets the gaps of knowledge. Although the genre of historical writing is not a very young one, it is seen by critics as an essentially Postmodernist phenomenon. It is especially Postmodern writers that stress the above mentioned connection between history and literature cf.
Fulbrook Postmodernist writers stress the relativity of history. In brief, there are no right or wrong, better or worse accounts of history, and as all can be equally true or untrue, there simply is no means to know 'the real' history or universal truth about history.
Postmodernists argue that because historians cannot give an ultimate answer about how history was, they can introduce their own versions of history to the readership which might just be as accurate as the historians' versions. Linda Hutcheon furthermore argues in her book The Politics of Postmodernism that Postmodernist writers challenge the way people perceive history.
Historians, in her opinion impose order on the past cf. Politics During the time in which certain events happened, they must have seemed as equally confusing for the contemporaries as the modern age is for people today. It is only historians, who retrospectively structure past events to arrange them chronologically and impose meaning on them.
This, however, is a highly artificial process as the past, when it was present, was neither structured nor ordered. Moreover, historians can always decide which past events to focus on, to stress and which to neglect or omit. And whose facts? In brief, Hutcheon claims that Postmodernists writers criticise the idea that it is always the 'victors' who write history and that cultural domination most often also means historical domination and vice versa.
In challenging, re-inventing and questioning history and it's perception, Postmodernist writers aimed at a more complete understanding of the past.
An important leitmotif of texts that include history into their plot is intertextuality.