The Eyre Affair {Book Review}


Published Date: February 25, 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Jasper Fforde
Pages: 374
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Humor

Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where 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, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.– Summary from Goodreads

The Wallstreet Journal {per the cover of this book} states, “The Eyre Affair combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” And now I understand why. This book was entertaining, funny {but not hilarious, LOL funny}, brilliant and just all around awesome. Jasper Fforde has a new fan.

The Eyre Affair follows Thursday Next, our main character, who works for London’s SpecOps group called LiteraTec. Her job is to protect literature, namely Shakespeare. In her world, time is traveled, dodo birds exist {that’s to cloning} and there’s a bad man named Acheron Hades who is threatening to remove and kill characters from classic novels. She’s familiar with Hades {who has powers no one can comprehend} and that makes her valuable to a very secretive SpecOps group simply named SO-5. SO-5 recruits her temporarily to use her familiarity with Hades to try and catch him. It doesn’t work, in fact, it ends badly. But this sends Thursday into a whirlwind chase to get Hades before he commits more unspeakable crimes. The events that unfold within the pages are so entertaining and confusing and make you want to be in SpecOps, especially those lovers of the classics.

I can’t put into words just how much fun this book was. There’s magic {though it’s not called magic in the book, it’s not called anything really}, time travel, people can put themselves into novels and speak to characters, OH and there’s love. Thursday is a great MC and the supporting roles are just as good. I especially loved Thursday’s father. He doesn’t have a name {even she doesn’t know it} but he works for the ChronoGuard. He does nothing but time travel, popping up at random to speak with his daughter…most of the time asking her silly questions about the past or bringing up trivial matters that leave Thursday scratching her head after he’s disappeared. His famous last words are always, “Time waits for no man!” before *POOF* How wise is he?!

This book gets 5/5 stars from me. I loved it mucho much!! I didn’t realize this until the end but there’s a whole THURSDAY NEXT SERIES!!!! Guess who’s going to the bookstore after work to buy them all?!? *points to self* I can’t wait to learn what’s in store for Thursday, next. {haha, see what I did there?} By the way, the names in The Eyre Affair are the best! Here are a few: Braxton Hicks, Jack Schitt, & Spike {he’s the vampire killer, very punny} There are so many more but of course, I didn’t bring my book with me and I didn’t take notes. *shakes head* Oh well, guess this just means you’ll have to read it to find them out!!b

So, if you’re looking for a book full of crazy adventure, one that will allow you to dream of a day where you can spend a day in your favorite classic novel, where books are a way of life and you expect the unexpected, then this is your book!!

Stay tuned for more reviews of Fforde’s books!!

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