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The Eyre Affair

Thursday Next Series, Book 1
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The word "unique" is overused and frequently misused. Here, however, is an instance wehre it truly applies. But to call The Eyre Affair a unique first novel featuring a fearless fictional adverturer...
The word "unique" is overused and frequently misused. Here, however, is an instance wehre it truly applies. But to call The Eyre Affair a unique first novel featuring a fearless fictional adverturer...
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  • The word "unique" is overused and frequently misused. Here, however, is an instance wehre it truly applies. But to call The Eyre Affair a unique first novel featuring a fearless fictional adverturer barely begins to tell the story. When asked to summarize his creation is a single sentence, Jasper Fforde described it as "a literary detective thriller with romantic overtones, mad-inventor uncles, aunts trapped in Wordswrth poems, global multinationals, scheming evildoers, an excursion inside the novel Jane Eyre, dodos, knight-errant-time-traveling fathers, and the answer to the eternal question: Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?" Swindon, a traditionally tranquil English town, is the ironic setting for most of these oddball characters and peculiar goings-on; the year is 1985. Fforde spins his wildly imaginative crime caper in language every bit as ingenious as the madcap plot; his devilishly clever turns of phrase take the form of verbal puzzles, anagrams, and literary and cinematic in-jokes.

    Long involved in the movie-making business, Fforde gives a starring role to Thursday Next, a captivating sleuth whose respect for literature matches that of her creator. The essence of Thursday's quest is the capture of Acheron Hades, a wily cad whose dastardly crime is murder of characters from the classics.

 
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  • AudioFile Magazine In this delicious spoof, Londoners, in a fantastical 1985, take their literature very seriously. Jasper Fforde's first novel introduces heroine Thursday Next, SpecOps-27 Literary Detective. Time-travel is commonplace (Thursday's father, a member of the ChronoGuard, is off correcting history's mistakes), while dirigible is the best way to make long trips in real time. The Crimean War has been claiming victims for 135 years and, oh yes, literary characters slip in and out of their books as necessary. Fforde's smart-alecky wit is served well by Elizabeth Sastre's performance. Her slightly bemused, slightly bewildered Thursday becomes everything a feisty P.I. should be. Her ingenuous yet intelligent reading brings zaniness to all Fforde's literary jokes. Fforde handles his material deftly, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
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