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Book Review: The Eyre Affair

Title:  The Eyre Affair
Author:  Jasper Fforde
Publisher:  Penguin
Genre:  Fantasy
Source:  Audible download
Rating:  4
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Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.

My Thoughts:

The official synopsis for The Eyre Affair does not do justice to this funny, quirky novel. I first became interested in this book over a year ago but the synopsis actually turned me off of it. It seems a little too crazy to me, besides, who would dare touch my beloved Jane Eyre!? I finally decided to read (actually listen since this was an audio book) The Eyre Affair as part of an online book club.

The world that Jasper Fforde created for his Thursday Next novels is most definitely a one of a kind. Our heroine, Thursday Next, lives in a world (our world, mind you) where timelines are blurred and the love of literature rules all. This is a story that you have to enter without any preconceived notions on how the world works. It just doesn’t work the same in The Eyre Affair.

I laughed my way through this novel (although I did grimace each time Jack Schitt was mentioned…I mean, really? Could you not have thought of a different name, Mr. Fforde?) and couldn’t wait to get to the end to finally fit all the pieces together. The Eyre Affair is most definitely a quirky novel and while it may not be for everyone, I do recommend it for fans of science fiction and time travel. I can also recommend the audio version as I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of Susan Duerdan.

March 22, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Rachel Bradford - I really enjoyed this story too! Creative and hilarious. I should really read more of the series…

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