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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:The Eyre Affair
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2003), Edition: Later Printing, Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:series, fantasy, fiction, literature, thursday next, book 1

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (2001)

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It reads as an early, and more middle-class, Robert Rankin with more hotel bars than pubs and more classical literature than wagers on horse. ( )
  StigE | Sep 15, 2015 |
Clever, but warm. I cared about the characters; it wasn't too clever by half. ( )
  raizel | Jul 5, 2015 |
It's always good to revisit some old favorites from my 100 Favorite Books list, and this one continues to deserve it's spot on that list. This time I listened to it as an audiobook and Duerden adds an unexpected gravitas to the first person narration of Thursday Next. Having read the many sequels to this book, which inevitably have Thursday juggling 3-4 ridiculous scenarios at once, and I was surprised at how relatively quiet this first book is. Fforde has a lot of world to build in his alternate universe 1985, and he does a great job of establishing it in this book setting seeds for things that get explored more thoroughly in later novels. Ultimately though, this is a great stand alone book with it's mix of alternate universe science fiction, detective novel pastiche, literary allusions, and riotous humor. And after all these years, I still want to live in a world where people perform Shakespeare's Richard III in a Rocky Horror Show style, if only for a little bit. ( )
  Othemts | Jun 24, 2015 |
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
The Eyre Affair is about a world where literature is popular. It's cool. Thursday Next, literary detective, is on the case of the missing Martin Chuzzlewit original manuscript. When it is discovered that the person behind the missing manuscript is none other than Acheron Hades the time is ticking to find a way to capture him. Hades, upon discovering something happened to the Martin Chuzzlewit decides he needs something bigger. Something that will affect the whole nation. Jane Eyre. The LiteraTecs decide they need to act and they need to act now.

I had high hopes when I received this book. I was expecting fireworks. After all a book containing vampires, time travel and well known characters from the classics couldn't be boring, right? You'd be somewhat wrong. I enjoy a good book with crime, suspense and some mystery. This, however, turned out to be a bit of a dud firework. The beginning and ending made this story a lot, lot, better than it should have been. The middle fell increasingly flat. As a huge bibliophile I adored the fact that books had such a major role in life, that it was possible to enter the fictional world and explore it.

I loved Thursday Next and her excursions through literature. I wanted the best for her. I wanted her to succeed and rooted for her all of the way. She was willing to put herself in danger to try and protect the people she cared most about. Acheron, on the other hand, was a fabulous antagonist. He was destined to be hated. He was evil, unsympathetic and uncaring.

The best part of the book was definitely the adventures in "Jane Eyre". The way it was wrote about has made me want to delve more into the classics, particularly Jane Eyre. I found these scenes to be the best written though out the whole book. It wasn't a page turner, due to the disappointing middle, but it was definitely one that left you wondering what would happen next.

I found the middle lacked suspense. It was almost as if it didn't add much to the book itself but was there as more of a page filler. The action was dull, the story within it wasn't exciting and overall dragged on. It needed just that bit more action in it. More literary fighting action.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series - "Lost in a Good Book" - to see if my opinions can be swayed. ( )
  Chicalicious | Jun 3, 2015 |
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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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Jasper Ffordeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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

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.
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.
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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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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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