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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well written story, with many very witty literary references and plot twists.
I really don't want this review to be too scathing because the end of this story was just adorable; very creative--my favorite part of the book.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a great book for anyone who loves detective stories, literature, and a little romance.
This book was very interesting. I started off liking it very much. Then it became a bit bizarre, fanciful and difficult to follow. The chapter about vampires was a misfit I think. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mattie
The first in the series and it's excellent. The more you have read the classics, the more you'll like it. That being said, probably not for everyone but it sure is for me.Published 29 days ago by Shelley S. Clark
Think about your favorite book…the one you would live in if you could…the one you would never ever get tired of or want leave. Do you have it firmly in your mind??? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robin Snyder
This was given to me as a gift, lost it and had to buy my own (yes I could have gone to the library) to finish it. I put me in a nice fantasy world. Easy read.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The problem with this comic/detective/science fiction/alternate reality/romance/literature referencing novel is that the author took all these excellent ingredients, mixed them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by gammyraye
This was recommended to me and did not disappoint. The characters are well developed, fun and the plot is unique.Published 2 months ago by Katyj
I like this book. The first chapter tells you what to expect from the book. Hang on for the ride. Time travel and what is valued more than gold, original literary text. Read morePublished 3 months ago by daminz2000
I thought there were too many characters to keep track of in the book. This cause the plot to be too complex and confusing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel