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The Eyre affair (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Fforde

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (2001)

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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.
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    lauranav: The Eyre Affair has a great scene of an anger management session in Wuthering Heights!
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    Katie.Loughlin: The two books have very similar flavor, but The Manual of Detection is a darker fantasy novel.
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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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Though I consider myself well read, this book was a bit too high-brow for me at times, relying heavily on knowledge obtained elsewhere, and sometimes making flat-out no sense. I have read Jane Eyre, but many, many years ago, so perhaps that was the problem. Or maybe I was in a "junk-food" novel mood and this wasn't the right match for the moment. I do praise the author for the clever plot and itellectual efforts and am willing to give it another go down the road. ( )
  RachelDavenSkinner | Mar 19, 2019 |
Quite frankly, I don't know just how Jasper Fforde makes this stuff up; a parallel 1985. A hundred and fifty years of Crimean War. England giving the Isle of White to France. Dodos. But the best most fun part of this world is that the technology that allows the characters to jump in and out of books seems quite plausible.

I also don't quite know how to describe Fforde's heroine Thursday next. She is as special and unique as her name. She's brave and headstrong and nothing ever seems impossible.

It's also equally difficult to pigeonhole the book and its sequels into one single genre. Is it fantasy? Science fiction? Comedy? Adventure? Who knows, but once you pick up the EA you might, like me, not be able to put the darned thing down. I can't wait for my own cloned dodo!

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  Antonio_Arch | Mar 14, 2019 |
I was ready to give up after page 40last night but Kat and Amy's 5 star ratings are convincing me to give it one more night. I don't know why it isn't grabbing me - it just feels a little flat. Maybe because The book I just finished was by one of my favorite authors (Jess Walter) and I'm still in that orbit.
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Why I Stopped Reading on p. 29: Oh my word, this is insufferable. I don't care if it gets better later. Because I don't care. About anything or anyone, least of all Thursday Next. This book might have a clever plot, but it suffocates in the author's self-satisfaction over said cleverness. There's a problem when I'm thinking If one more person says, "We have a saying in SpecOps ..." less than ten percent in. Having Thursday describe herself by looking into a mirror is doubtlessly some kind of literary satire, but I didn't smile at it. I didn't feel I was in on some fun joke. I just rolled my eyes and wanted to tell the author, "Yes, I see your smug smile over Thursday's shoulder ... Yes, I get it already ..." I flipped forward to the middle and discovered there is actually a character named Jack Schitt. I guess that is also supposed to be clever.

This book is definitely not for me.
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
A fantastically light read, just what I needed! Jasper Fforde may not be up to Pratchett's level of punnery and charm, but he got more than a few laughs out of me. I especially liked Jane Eyre being referred to as a 'bore' by one of the villains.

He's certainly inventive with his choice of setting: the historical differences, the literary fervor and dodo-cloning for starts. I'll definitely be checking out the next book in the series and rereading 'The Big Over Easy'.

My biggest impression after setting this book down is, of course, an irrepressible urge to read 'Jane Eyre' again.

Thursday Next

Next: 'Lost in a Good Book' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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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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Bussolo, EmilianoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gewurz, Daniele A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koen, ViktorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kruger, GabrielleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rostant, LarryCover 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

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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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