Friday, January 25, 2008

BOOK: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

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I loved this book! The imagination, the humor, the adventure, and Jane Eyre or rather Mr Rochester, black holes and warped time and literary detective Thursday Next, SpecOps of the LiteraTec Swindon Office.

I took my time reading this, because I enjoyed thinking about it during the day, and all the effects and jokes in the book, and wondering what would be next. I luxuriated in the story and can't wait to read the next one, Lost in a Good Book. Fforde has created a parallel, not quite right world that revolves around books. There were so many funny parts, and perfectly plotted events, I can't begin to summarize. The story involves a madman, and books that have 'soft' boundaries, where people and characters are moving back and forth, and Jane Eyre plays a pivotal part. I am so glad I read Jane Eyre last summer as it added immensely to my enjoyment, knowing that plot. It sounds weird, but Fforde knows what he is doing, and I was quite safe in his hands. I think I probably missed many jokes and allusions because this is packed full of goodness.

Example of small funny part: There are Baconians, knocking on doors in London like Jehovah Witnesses, trying to convince people that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays. That was hilarious.


  1. Wasn't this a fun book? I keep meaning to read the second in the series, but I haven't yet managed to. It's a crime, I'm sure! Great review, Elizabeth!

  2. I really enjoy this whole series!

  3. wendy - It was so much fun. I'll have to buy it for my friend at work as every day I kept telling her all the funny things, and about the books and the names. She's a real book lover (English teacher)

    marg - I wasn't going to start any new series until I got caught up on a few, and now this and Sookie Sackhouse have come up. I'm not getting anywhere! I was looking on the library site, to see what the next books are. I'm shaking my head here at myself.

  4. This has been on my tbr list for so long and I so want to read it. I've even got it on a challenge list this year so hopefully I can finally get to it. Loved your review!

  5. I plan on reading the rest of the series. I want to read at least the next 1-2 books this year.

    Glad you liked it!

  6. I know how you feel! Last year I did a post about the series I was reading and I wasn't going to start any more until I have finished some of them. Since then I have started about 3 times as many as I have finished! Whoops!

  7. I loved it too. The literary humour was so much fun.

  8. I love this series. I've found I like them better if I space them out with other books read in between. Doesn't Fforde have the most amazing imagination?


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