A Review Of “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeThe Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Rating: Rating: 8 out of 10 stars (8/10)

This is Fforde’s (yeah, two “F”s) first published novel and the first one I’ve read of his, and I think I’m hooked. It’s a novel that has characters named Thursday Next and Jack Schitt; where fictional characters become real and the real can step into fictional stories; where there exists Special Police Forces for Literary Detectives, Neighbourly Disputes, Temporal Stability, and other troublesome matters. It’s a silly, literary story written with a Douglas Adams twist: science-fiction, fantasy, thriller, and humour that only hose mad about books may appreciate.

The plot involves Thursday Next, a LiteraTec, investigating the disappearance of the original Martin Chuzzlewit manuscript, which leads to the theft of the original Jane Eyre manuscript. The story has elements of murder, espionage, war, romance, vampires and werewolves, time travel, and off-the-cuff humour, such as:

“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
“Because Poe wrote on both?”

Hahahaha! Then there’s some dialogue like:

“Haven’t I seen your face somewhere else?”
“No, it’s always been right here on the front of my head.”

Well, all of it isn’t that corny, and although I didn’t laugh out loud, it did cause some grins; it is fun to read.

Highly recommended for those with a literary background, who appreciate off-the-wall humour, and who don’t take reality seriously.

(Rebecca: you introduced me to Christopher Moore. I think I can finally return the favour, if you haven’t read Fforde yet.)

3 Replies to “A Review Of “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde”

  1. I just remembered how I found out about this book: from Christopher Moore’s website, where he recommended it:

    If you are bibliophile or just an English lit major who is still wondering what in the hell you’re going to do with a degree in English lit, well this is the book for you. Go to a world where Baconites battle it out in the streets with Marlowites over the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, where every corner sports a booth complete with animatronic actor spouting old Will’s best passages for the drop of a coin, where the airship is still the main mode of mass transportation and Thursday Next solves crimes of literature. It’s more fun than funny, but a very fun trip.

  2. When I used to be in the SCA (which stands for “swords ‘n crap associated-with-nerds”) they used to talk about some book where the SCA ruled the earth because of a nuclear fallout and nobody was able to cast bullets anymore, so the sword fighters ruled the earth. Then they’d go on to talk about how vampires and warewolves were taking over and stuff.

    You’re a bastard cause that book sounds interesting, but you know I don’t have time for readings between video gaming and watching tv! Not enough time in a day!!

  3. I read that one a few months ago – sorry! However, you have let me know about other authors that I persued. And, naturally, I can’t remember his name to save me soul :)

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