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The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel | [Jasper Fforde]

The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, 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 and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.
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Publisher's Summary

The first in a series of outlandishly clever adventures featuring the resourceful, fearless literary detective Thursday Next - a New York Times best seller!

In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, 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 and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

Fforde's ingenious fantasy - enhanced by a website that re-creates the world of the novel - unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.

Delve into Jasper Fforde's literary universe with the other books in his Thursday Next fantasy/detective series.

©2003 Jasper Fforde; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Amazon Customer Livermore, CA, USA 02-13-11
    Amazon Customer Livermore, CA, USA 02-13-11 Member Since 2003

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    "six stars"

    Combination of literary steepage and science fiction. Wish I was more steeped in literature to get more of the jokes/connections. Reading Wikipedia entries added much to my enjoyment. As a bicycle mechanic, I did get the references to Sturmey Archer and Bowden Cable. Which made me realize I likely missed dozens of others.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Detroit, MI, USA 01-21-10
    Rosemary Detroit, MI, USA 01-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Worthy Read"

    Close friends had long recommended Jasper Fforde and I finally decided to take the plunge. The story is very good, not great, but very entertaining. There were are few stylistic bits, e.g., beginning each chapter with quotes from fictional gov't transcripts or characters' biographies or journals; also the tension over Thursday's brother could have been omitted. I also wanted to know more about the villain and the text offers very little. If I could go back would I drop a credit on this book? ABSOLUTELY. It was fun and entertaining, that's what I was looking for and that's what I got. The narrator is excellent, very good with accents. I immediately downloaded book 2 of the Thursday Next series, clearly I'm hooked.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Kate CT 02-19-10
    Sarah Kate CT 02-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun listening"

    Definitely not the most heavy going of literature. But clever and funny, particularly for those with a wide love of good books. I listen to audio books when running, and this one really helped me crank the miles out - I couldn't wait to get out for my next installment.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Awesome"

    Jasper Fforde is my hero. He is so creative. HIs love of language and words is visible in his descriptions . Thursday Next is a great haracter surrounded by other great characters. The naration is great and Ms Duerdan is, for me , the voice of Thursday Next. I love this series .

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Meissner Putnam County, NY 05-22-12
    Carol Meissner Putnam County, NY 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A lark for bibliophiles everywhere."
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    Do you love classic literature? Do you enjoy whimsy and word plays? A smile that turns into a laugh? If so, this lighthearted frolic into literary never, never land will delight you. I'm not a mystery fan but was drawn to this book by the allusion to "Jane Eyre" and I'm so glad I listened to it. Give yourself a vacation and enjoy this literary romp.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Corona, US, Canada 09-13-12
    Samuel Corona, US, Canada 09-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't read this book ... UNLESS"
    If you could sum up The Eyre Affair in three words, what would they be?

    If you like audio books and reading, this book will have your reading more and more. Bronte, Austin, and many more classics. The way FForde removes classic charactors and uses them in different contexts will make you go back to the originals to see if you could pick up these personality traits.
    Then the clever use of alternate histories of real events, again the listener will have to review the actual history (as we know it) to get the parody and paralels.
    oh yeah, once you've gone through the first book over and over until you pick up all the plot shifts, you WILL be moving on to the next book and so on ... listener beware!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of crossed genres at first is confusing. then, once you just go with the concept of all things crossing over and through books, you will begin to wonder how far the ideas can go.


    What about Susan Duerdan’s performance did you like?

    well portrayed with the sarcasm and snarkiness that a real person migh experience put in situation after situation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jane and Heathcliff tonight, Live on 20/20.


    Any additional comments?

    A friend told me the basis of the plot line (jumping in and out of the books of classic litrature) and Jasper does not disappoint.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Newton Falls, OH, United States 10-23-10
    Kristin Newton Falls, OH, United States 10-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Strange, silly humor...just ok."

    I think you need to be in the right silly mood for this quirky, somewhat twisted tale. I enjoyed it as far as all the goofiness, and the premise behind the book, but it was a little weak and a bit too round about as far as the plot is concerned. Not sure if tried and true Jane Eyre fans will appreciate this one, but if they have a bit of a love for tongue in cheek, then maybe they will.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie SPRING, TX, United States 01-14-13
    Stephanie SPRING, TX, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Cleverly Twisted"

    I became a Jasper Fforde fan about a year ago when I ran across Shades of Grey. It became an instant favorite of mine, and I was excited to delve into another Fforde novel.

    Like Shades of Grey, The Eyre Affair is set in a dystopian world, this one an England that is somewhat controlled by mega-corporation, Goliath, and that is still fighting a 100+-year-old Crimean War. Thursday Next is a LiteraTec, part of a Special Operations team tasked with preventing crimes against literature, who gets called in when the evil Acheron Hades finds a way to enter literary works and kill characters off, changing the novels entirely to the outrage of the reading public.

    I liked the character of Thursday Next. She's smart, resourceful, vulnerable, and loyal. This is the first of several Thursday novels, and I liked her enough to read another one. That being said, I didn't think this world worked as well as the one in Shades of Grey, and given a choice I would read that sequel first. There was too much "different-ness" in The Eyre Affair, especially in the middle of the book, that it got in the way of a pretty good story. (Vampires and werewolves--really?) By the end, however, when Hades attempts to change Jane Eyre Fforde gets back around to clever twists that make reading him him fun. Satisfying ending!

    I listened to this as an audiobook and Elizabeth Sastre does an excellent job as a narrator. Good "Thursday" voice and a host of other voices to give life to all the fun characters in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jules 06-16-11
    Jules 06-16-11
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    "twisty time travel"

    This reminds me a bit of an Artemis Fowl book only with curse words. There is some clever word play and humorous moments, however, the story did not hold my attention very well. The constant time travel back and forth made it seem like a never ending journey to the inevitable non-ending cliffhanger.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Toertel 06-12-11
    Toertel 06-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not fulfilling promises"

    I downloaded this because the description intrigued me - a mix between the world as we know it and something completely different, which is a concept that usually glues me to my headphones. But the story never really got going. The author doesn't explain her world, you just get all these weird things that happen, having to puzzle out what is "normal" and what isn't in the concept of this story. In some cases I guessed right and in some wrong, and a couple of times I ended up deciding that the obvious solution from my point of view, must be impossible based on the queer laws of physics never explained, only to find out several tedious chapters later that indeed it had been the solution, but the author preferred to string us along for a while longer. Definitely wouldn't spend another credit on this series.
    The narrator is excellent, her different voices let you know who says what before the "suggested x" or "agreed y" comes along.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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