The Eyre Affair
Books | Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Meet Thursday Next, literary detective without equal, fear or boyfriendJasper Fforde’s beloved New York Times bestselling novel introduces literary detective Thursday Next and her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England—from the author of The Constant Rabbit Fans of Douglas Adams and P. G. Wodehouse will love visiting Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, when time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously: it’s a bibliophile’s dream. 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 Web site that re-creates the world of the novel—unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.
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"solid 3.5 - i really enjoyed the time travel elements of this book, but it had a lot of aspects of “early 2000s sci fi book” and not in a good way. romance subplot felt forced and was added on to the end, and a female character written by a man not very well, to name a few. it did help get me out of a reading slump, i appreciate it for that <br/><br/>an aside - i have not read jane eyre so i didn’t notice the ending was initially different in the book, but that’s no one’s fault but mine"