The first installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series of Thursday Next novels introduces literary detective Thursday Next and. I read a scrappy, dog-eared paperback of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair for the first time three years ago, curled up outdoors under a large tree. Surreal and hilariously funny, this alternate history, the debut novel of British author Fforde, will appeal to lovers of zany genre work (think Douglas Adams) and.

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Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their’s, Jasper started writing inand spent eleven years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-mans-land somewhere between the warring factions of Literary and Absurd. The Eyre Affair is a perfect read for those summer times that are more frustrating than relaxing — a great escape and a grand adventure. I also admit that I have not read Jane Eyre please don’t hurt me!

There are many literary references throughout the story which I always enjoy. OK, so this is some sort of dystopia, right?

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There are books that are like that for me, books that I just can’t fathom someone not liking. It was passed over to me by the Mum, of all people. Secretly harbouring a desire to tell his own stories rather than help other people tell their’s, Jasper started writing inand spent eleven years secretly writing novel after novel as he strove to find a style of his own that was a no-man Fforde began his career in the film industry, and ffordde nineteen years held a variety of posts on such movies as Goldeneye, The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment.


In January Fforde published ‘Shades of Grey’, in which a fragmented society struggle to survive in a colour-obsessed post-apocalyptic landscape.

And no, Tbe sure it doesn’t get better after that, that’s just where I officially banished the book from my sight.

I read it on my way to Mexico—there was plenty of time, we missed our connection in Mexico City and had to buy a new ticket for much later in the evening. Hades, meanwhile, aaffair the original manuscript of Charles Ffrode ‘s Martin Chuzzlewit. And I could have lived without the “romance” which was just yawningly boring and tacked on. Stay in Touch Sign up.

I read it for the second time this summer on mostly stationary trains in the rain, as the first book I downloaded onto a brand new Kindle. View all 33 comments. In the action revolving around the titular novel, Jane Eyre is reduced to a damsel in distress and Rochester to a straightforward hero, the complex characters I so loved in their original context reduced to cardboard cutouts.

He lives… More about Jasper Fforde. You see, by the time rolled around, I’d been working on The Name of the Wind for about 11 years.

Somehow, in her society, manuscripts are stolen and guns are involved; she also manages to get into books and meet cha I didn’t enjoy this.

Worse than that, I think it shows that I was getting a bit twisted up inside because of my inability to get my book published. It is all fun and games unless you happened to be that bystander. Our heroine, Thursday Next, is a member of Special Branch 27 for literature. I always found myself unable to laugh at the situations where innocent bystanders are getting killed in amusing ways by the villains while the noble heroes are protected by the plot armor. Next and Jack Schitt independently trace Hades to Wales.


It’s a tiny, crisp-edged device packed with possibility, pregnant with literally millions of experiences. The Eyre Affair takes that feeling, the moment you lose the sense of yourself and become engrossed in the story, and creates high adventure and wild drama around the porous boundaries between fiction and real life.

I also appreciated the attention he gave to the nitty-gritty level of his world. A Woman Named Thursday Next 2. I resisted reading this book for quite awhile, but thankfully, my friend Lisa LisaVegankept bugging me about it!

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde book review

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Acheron Hades has been kidnapping certain characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom.

Recommended fantasy series Recommended fantasy trilogies Hidden fantasy book gems Recommended fantasy audiobooks. Of course to be fair many probably REALLY like the very parts of the novel that had me ripping my hair out and I can’t afford to lose any more hair.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The heroine Thursday Next is a special operative working for literary detection dealing with such heinous crimes as forging of a poem of a classic, theft of highly valued original manuscripts, and copyright violations. Other books in the series. Nov 05, Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Recommended for English majors, Bronte fans, Shakespeare buffs, and anyone else who has read widely in the classics, but is willing to be a bit silly.

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