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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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The Eyre Affair (2001)

by Jasper Fforde

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Series: Thursday Next (1)

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    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Kerian)
    Kerian: If for some reason you read The Eyre Affair without having read Jane Eyre, I definitely recommend it. It will certainly be interesting to read and is a very good book.
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    coliemta: One's more literary and the other more science-fiction-y, but they're both bizarre, hilarious and similar in feel. Most people who like one will enjoy the other.
  3. 152
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  4. 135
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (sanddancer)
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    ten_floors_up: This and the other books in the Aberystwyth series share a specifically British alternative universe, and a dollop of entertainingly twisted literary pastiche.
  6. 73
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: Similar light hearted style and 'book travelling' rather than time travelling but chances are if you like one then you'll like the other.
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    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (lauranav)
    lauranav: The Eyre Affair has a great scene of an anger management session in Wuthering Heights!
  10. 74
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  11. 20
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    Katie.Loughlin: The two books have very similar flavor, but The Manual of Detection is a darker fantasy novel.
  12. 21
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    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books but they will be difficult to find at your library.… (more)
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This book is about what will happen next Thursday… or more correctly with Thursday Next, the literature detective and a daughter of the man, who can stop time.

This is a humorous novel, the first in the series, set in the alternate universe, where people care so much about the literature that there are special police departments to deal with issues from forged Shakespearean plays to disappearance of fictional characters. While the book won’t make you laugh out laud, you will chuckle from time to time for there are quite a few puns and jokes.

In this novel an evil mastermind, Acheron Hades, kidnaps Thursday’s uncle Mycroft (named of course after Sherlock Holmes older brother) an outstanding inventor, who found a way to enter fictional books and steals the manuscript of [b:Jane Eyre|10210|Jane Eyre|Charlotte Brontë|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327867269s/10210.jpg|2977639].

It is a nice and easy read, which in some respects reminds me about [b:Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency|365|Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1)|Douglas Adams|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1404697381s/365.jpg|1042123], but something is lacking, at least for me, so no current plans to continue the series. ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Great send up of all sorts of genres: the hardboiled detective who pursues the bad guys to the end, in spite of political/bureaucratic types who constantly interfere; the constant double entendres & insiders' references to all sorts of Brit lit, esp the 19th-20th century canons, i.e. Dickens & Bronte... the modern love story with the blazingly independent female protagonist struggling to overcome her feelings for her brother's compatriot in arms, now a writer … it goes on and on. I loved it; the time bending got a little weird, farfetched -maybe? But FUN!! And Hades, the villain was deliciously amoral & such a worthy opponent to our special ops officer Thursday Next, I looked forward to every encounter she had w/him. Truly is a tour de force; however, if you're not a literary sort, esp can't stand Brit writers, landscapes, etc then might not be so enjoyable. And since I am a diehard Jane Eyre fan - it was a fascinating romp with all those characters in a way I'm not sure anyone has imagined before, (spoiler alert): a brilliant way to justify the romantic, over the top shift in the JE narrative, so that Jane quits her cousins, including the offer from her missionary St John Rivers, and returns home to find Thornfield in ruins but her beloved Rochester alive, still pining for her. *sigh* Clever but satisfactory - including a wedding halted, and true love triumphing. Meant to read this years ago... picked it up, got interrupted and never got back to it. A perfect winter's read. ( )
  BDartnall | Dec 29, 2018 |
meh.
  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Dorky humor (a character named Jack Schitt), time warps, crazy inventions, a never-ending war (in Crimea, no less), and lots of literary references (and even an alternative ending or two) make for a enjoyable enough mindless enjoyment where plot and character development are most definitely of secondary importance. But no sequels, thank you! ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
While I appreciated the literary allusions and some of the humor, I did not enjoy this book. The time travel aspects just did not work for me, especially in a work of espionage. I'm not a fan of science fiction and fantasy, and my feelings toward this book affirm that when so many others love it. The only reason I stuck with the book was because I needed to read something to fit this month's MysteryCAT and suspected I would not like anything else any better. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 9, 2018 |
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Fforde wears the marks of his literary forebears proudly on his sleeve, from Lewis Carroll and Wodehouse to Douglas Adams and Monty Python, in both inventiveness and sense of fun.
added by Katya0133 | editYale Review, David Galef (Oct 1, 2008)
 
Fforde delivers almost every sentence with a sly wink, and he's got an easy way with wordplay, trivia and inside jokes. ''The Eyre Affair'' can be too clever by half, and fiction like this is certainly an acquired taste, but Fforde's verve is rarely less than infectious.
 
A good editor might have trimmed away some of the annoying padding of this novel and helped the author to assimilate his heavy borrowings from other artists, but no matter: by the end of the novel, Mr. Fforde has, however belatedly, found his own exuberant voice.
 
THE EYRE AFFAIR is mostly a collection of jokes, conceits and puzzles. It's smart, frisky and sheer catnip for former English majors....And some of the jokes are clever indeed.
added by Shortride | editSalon, Laura Miller (Jan 24, 2002)
 
Dark, funny, complex, and inventive, THE EYRE AFFAIR is a breath of fresh air and easily one of the strongest debuts in years.
added by jburlinson | editLocus, Jonathan Strahan (Aug 1, 2001)
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jasper Ffordeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bussolo, EmilianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gewurz, Daniele A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koen, ViktorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kruger, GabrielleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sastre, ElizabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stern, LorenzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my father
John Standish Fforde
1920-2000

Who never knew I was to be published but would have been most proud nonetheless
—and not a little surprised.
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My father had a face that could stop a clock.
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The barriers between reality and fiction are softer than we think; a bit like a frozen lake. Hundreds of people can walk across it, but then one evening a thin spot develops and someone falls through; the hole is frozen over by the following morning. (Victor to Thursday)
Governments and fashions come and go but Jane Eyre is for all time.
It was a glorious sunny day, and the airship droned past the small puffy clouds that punctuated the sky like a flock of aerial sheep.
He wore thick glasses and mismatched clothes and his face was a moonscape of healed acne.
"You shot him six times in the face."
The dying killer smiled.
"That I remember."
"Six times! Why?"
Felix7 frowned and started to shiver.
"Six was all I had," he answered simply.
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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142001805, Paperback)

Penzler Pick, January 2002: When I first heard the premise of this unique mystery, I doubted that a first-time author could pull off a complicated caper involving so many assumptions, not the least of which is a complete suspension of disbelief. Jasper Fforde is not only up to the task, he exceeds all expectations.

Imagine this. Great Britain in 1985 is close to being a police state. The Crimean War has dragged on for more than 130 years and Wales is self-governing. The only recognizable thing about this England is her citizens' enduring love of literature. And the Third Most Wanted criminal, Acheron Hades, is stealing characters from England's cherished literary heritage and holding them for ransom.

Bibliophiles will be enchanted, but not surprised, to learn that stealing a character from a book only changes that one book, but Hades has escalated his thievery. He has begun attacking the original manuscripts, thus changing all copies in print and enraging the reading public. That's why Special Operations Network has a Literary Division, and it is why one of its operatives, Thursday Next, is on the case.

Thursday is utterly delightful. She is vulnerable, smart, and, above all, literate. She has been trying to trace Hades ever since he stole Mr. Quaverley from the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and killed him. You will only remember Mr. Quaverley if you read Martin Chuzzlewit prior to 1985. But now Hades has set his sights on one of the plums of literature, Jane Eyre, and he must be stopped.

How Thursday achieves this and manages to preserve one of the great books of the Western canon makes for delightfully hilarious reading. You do not have to be an English major to be pulled into this story. You'll be rooting for Thursday, Jane, Mr. Rochester--and a familiar ending. --Otto Penzler

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:12 -0400)

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Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodas are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Based on an imaginary world where time and reality bend in the most convincing and original way since The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Eyre Affair is a delightful rabbit hole of a read: once you fall in you may never come back. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in Wordsworth poems, militant Baconians roam freely spreading the gospel that Bacon, not Shakespeare, penned those immortal works. And forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. This is all business as usual for brainy, bookish (and heat-packing) Thursday Next, a renowned Special Operative in literary detection -- that is, until someone begins murdering characters from works of literature. When this madman plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel Thursday faces the challenge of her career. Aided and abetted by characters that include her time-traveling father, an executive of the all-powerful Goliath Corporation, and Edward Rochester himself, Thursday must track down the world's Third Most Wanted criminal and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide. A brilliantly outlandish and absorbing caper destined to become a classic adventure tale, The Eyre Affair is an irresistible thriller and the introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer. In Jasper Fforde's singular fictional universe no literary character is safe from crime. And for Special Operative Thursday Next this is only the beginning ...… (more)

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