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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.
I write few reviews. This is a book for people who love books. It the idea that someone is stealing all the humor out of the Thomas Hardy novels makes your snort your coffee thru... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Pistachio
Time travel! Black holes! Literary characters leaping out of books! Vampires! Werewolves! Pet dodos! What is this, an episode of Doctor Who? No, dear reader. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Liz W.
Jasper Fforde is incredible creative and original, I thoroughly enjoy his writing.Published 13 days ago by Susan L. Farnsworth
This is an easy but fun read. I got through it in about 2 days, just reading now and then when I had a free moment. Hadn't come across a book with his plot before. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Sara Chronister
The beginning of the best journey through time, space and text on which anyone with half a mind of ambiguity should travel. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Melanie Reid
A fun, imaginative book. I thought the plotting and characters got a little loose towards the end.Published 23 days ago by Bob
It took me two readings to really get into the story. So glad I did the second reading. It was confusing the first time but once I knew what to expect I was able to relax and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kaci