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The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Jasper Fforde

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Title:The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
Authors:Jasper Fforde
Info:Penguin Books (2003), Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (2001)

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    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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    lauranav: The Eyre Affair has a great scene of an anger management session in Wuthering Heights!
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Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

Vor Jahren wurde mir dieses Buch zum ersten Mal empfohlen. Ich muss aber ehrlich zugeben, dass mir die Story mit 13 irgendwie doch etwas zu hoch war. Jetzt bin ich aber vor kurzem über die Neuausgaben der ersten fünf Bände der Serie gestolpert und habe mich dann doch noch einmal an „Der Fall Jane Eyre“ und damit an den ersten Band von Jasper Ffordes Kult-Serie gewagt.

Und ich muss sagen, das Buch ist der Hammer! Ich fand es etwas schwierig in die Geschichte hinein zu finden, einfach weil die Welt, die Fforde für seine Agentin Thursday Next geschaffen hat, unserer irgendwie ähnelt, gleichzeitig aber ganz anders ist. Und diese Unterschiede sind am Anfang doch ziemlich verwirrend, besonders, da man einfach mitten rein geschmissen wird.

Nachdem man sich aber einmal mit diesem Paralleluniversum angefreundet hat, mit den seltsamen Namen, die alle Leute dort tragen, den Dodos, Mammuts und Neanderthalern, der etwas ungewöhnlichen Handhabung von Religion und Politik und vor allem der unglaublichen Besessenheit mit Literatur, dann macht es einfach nur wahnsinnigen Spaß sich mit Thursday ins Abenteuer zu stürzen.

Mit seiner Kult-Serie um Thursday Next hat Jasper Fforde eine ebenso geniale wie abgedrehte Liebeserklärung an die Literatur geschaffen. Durch die wirklich einzigartigen Charaktere, Ffordes fantastische Schreibweise und den spöttischen Humor, mit dem in diesem Buch vieles betrachtet wird, ist „Der Fall Jane Eyre“ eins der besten Bücher, die ich je gelesen habe und ich kann nur jedem, der etwas für Literatur übrig hat, empfehlen sich schnellst möglich eine Ausgabe zu besorgen. ;) ( )
  FiliaLibri | Nov 10, 2015 |
A 4.5* rounds UP in my book! Given that Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time, I was fully prepared to approach The Eyre Affair with a jaundiced eye! What I found is a book that is delightfully irreverent - Charlotte Bronte has, most-likely, been spinning her grave since the day it was released! In addition to the delightful irreverence, I found it uproariously funny, in parts, and action-packed throughout - thanks to Thursday Next! I found nary a dull moment from start to finish! Highly recommended for those who have a highly developed sense of humor and love surprises!

I chose to 'read' the audio version of this book. Susan Duerden narrated with skill, amazing characterizations and perfect pitch! Brava! ( )
  idajo2 | Nov 3, 2015 |
I really wanted to like this book. Literary detectives, a mysterious answer to the great Shakespeare authorship debate, prose portals that take you into the worlds of specific novels, a real live Rochester, bookworms that feed on unnecessary prepositions... what's not to love?

But ultimately the story was too convoluted, with too many different threads and angles and storylines for the overall effect to be satisfying. The book is trying to be too many things, and in particular too many genres, and ends up being all of them in only a so-so way, instead of one of them in a brilliant way. It was also way too long for the type of story it is.

I had already put the next book in the series on my to-read queue, but now I'm not so sure I'll read it. I'll give this one a while to knock around my mind and see how much of it sticks with me. The author is quite inventive, and that alone may make me willing to try another one. But I doubt it'll live up to what I had imagined the series would be like before I read the first book. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
3.75 ( )
  lisa.isselee | Oct 23, 2015 |

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 |
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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
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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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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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