[Jasper Fforde] ✓ The Eyre Affair [inspirational PDF] Ebook Epub Download Ø Buddy read with Jessica, Robin, Catherine, Kristi, Asya and Tanya I apologize if I missed somebody in case I did please let me know and I will add you The book version of mid eighties England is a fine dystopian society The literature is a very serious business, time travel is nothing of the ordinary which comes with all the fun and paradoxes and cloning works wonders making people s favorite pets out of these guys The heroine Thursday Next is a special operative working for literary detection dealing with such heinous crimes as forging of a poem of a classic, theft of highly valued original manuscripts, and copyright violations What started as fairly unremarkable theft of an original Dickens manuscript turned out to be a work of a criminal mastermind who reminded me of a cross between Lord Voldemort and Dr Evil from Austin Powers movies who will stop at nothing to show the world how evil he is I will give a hint when it comes to being evil, he makes Darth Vader look like a daycare thug Thursday soon learns that Lost in a good book is than just a nice saying The only reason I rated this book with 3 stars instead of 2 is the discussion with my buddy readers which turned out to be great fun There were some amusing parts and references with I would miss had I read this book by my lonely self As I mentioned there were enough amusing moments in the book to qualify it as belonging to humor genre Unfortunately it was not my type of humor I always found myself unable to laugh at the situations where innocent bystanders are getting killed in amusing ways by the villains while the noble heroes are protected by the plot armor It is all fun and games unless you happened to be that bystander I found the character of Thursday Next to be quite shallow I learned that she suffers from PSD she is a veteran of Crimea War in the book England is still at war with Russia over Crimea which took place between 1853 and 1856 in reality Ask me to name something else about Thursday and I will be at complete loss I mentioned amusing moments They are unfortunately not too noticeable between author s self admiration of how clever his writing is and countless uses of deux ex machina The latter was used so freely and often that I could not see the point of the novel until the second half of it I do admit that some of the complaints I made are related to the fact that this is not my kind of book and I understand people who gave it 5 stars I also admit that I have not read Jane Eyre please don t hurt me and this fact also diminished my enjoyment of it At least it made me read the plot summary of the classic I mentioned This is a good thing, right Right In the conclusion I would like to thank my buddy readers who made the read much pleasant experience Thank you I ve been storing up some venom for this review, so be prepared.
First of all, I want to unleash my fury on whoever in the Rory Gil Book Club suggested this book as February s pick To go from such a brilliant read as Jane Eyre to this was frustrating to say the least It highlighted all the amateurish contrivances of Fforde s writing I rolled my eyes so many times in the first four chapters, that I nearly gave myself a headache And no, I m sure it doesn t get better after that, that s just where I officially banished the book from my sight.
Here are my major problems with the part I read.
1 Okay, you re enterting this alternate reality world where many things are similar but different from what we know As Fforde might assume that not all of his readers would be British, or familiar with UK current events history, perhaps he could have given us a little to go on, so that the reader could appreciate the weirdness of this other world, without going, Ummfrom the way that s said, I m assuming that s not how it happened in real life 2 Thursday Next Seriously Thursday Next That just screams I m writing a strong yet lovably flawed female gumshoe destined to drag you through book after book of literary themed exploits Her character was so stereotypical I could have written it with my eyes closed.
3 The time travelling father.
4 If a book is written in first person, and you really, REALLY want us to know what the character looks like, it is textbook cliche to have her pull out a mirror and describe what she sees Puh lease.
5 Finally, the clincher at the end of chapter four I think I wasn t paying all THAT much attention , but the straw that made me put away the book for good is that Fforde CLEVERLY I felt like the whole of the book was trying just a little too hard to be clever had Thursday narrate what had happened in her confrontation with her nemesis by putting her in an interrogation setting, where she has to tell the police investigators and us, conveniently what happened prior to her month long coma Okay, that in and of itself is not so bad, what kills me is when the only difference between what she says into the tape recorder and what she says in her narration of any other part of the book is the double quotation marks Seriously, no one answers an investigator s question of, So what happened next, by saying, What do you think you re doing I said It s time for me to make my exit, he answered with a smile People write books like that They don t talk like that It was ridiculous Anyway, I guess I wouldn t be so annoyed with this book, except that it s supposed to be delightful for bibliophiles because it assumes all this familiarity with the classics, yet anyone who had read said classics would inevitably chafe under the obvious inferiority of this freshman attempt.
There Is Another , Somewhere In The Could Have Been, Where Thursday Next Is A Literary Detective Without Equal, Fear, Or Boyfriend Thursday Is On The Trail Of The Villainous Archeron Hades Who Has Been Kidnapping Characters From The Works Of Fiction And Holding Them To Ransom Jayne Eyre Herself Has Been Plucked From The Novel Of The Same Name, And Thursday Must Find A Way Into The Book To Repair The DamageShe Also Has To Find Time To Hald The Crimean Conflict, Persuade The Man She Loves To Marry Her, Rescue Her Aunt From Inside A Wordsworth Poem And Figure Out Who Really Wrote Shakespeare S Plays Aided And Abetted By A Cast Of Characters That Includes Her Time Travelling Father, Jack Schitt Of The All Powerful Goliath Corporation, A Pet Dodo Named Pickwick And Edward Rochester Himself, Thursday Embarks On An Adventure That Will Take Your Breath Away Really enjoyed the inventiveness of Jasper Fforde s The Eyre Affair The premise of the story is that original manuscripts can be stolen and then changed, not just that manuscript, but all copies of say, Jane Eyre Thus, these original manuscripts are viewed as absolute treasures There are also literary portals which intersect with the real world which make it possible to change what happens in our favorite novel And there s also time travel And an alternate history which skews how we view this reality about 80 or 90 degrees In Fforde s novel, our heroine, Thursday Next, tracks down a master criminal, a manuscript and interacts with the characters of Jane Eyre However, the story unabashedly takes a backseat to literary puns and allusions and simple craziness The world Fforde has created, a world both obsessed by books and with direct access to books, is a world book lovers will want to live in Sitting down with Jasper Fforde for fried rice, eggrolls and great discussion during a break at the Casper Humanities Festival This is so much fun I want to play too And, as it happens, I have a surprisingly good opening So, with the usual perfunctory apologies, may I presentThe Meyre Affair a Thursday Next storyThe hardest part is telling them they re fictional After that, the rest is usually easy Thursday Next, A Life in SpecOpsI could start this story at any number of points, but I will choose the moment when I knocked on Manny Rayner s front door Nothing happened, so I knocked again He opened it.
The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons Have I become a jaded reader I sometimes catch myself muttering in the middle of a long series of yawns, Haven t I read this plot character technique before Or when the author describes their setting, I will lazily flip through my mental inventory of backdrops until, sure enough, I find an old one that it is a good enough fit to reuse Then Fforde comes along and throws the literary equivalent of a bucket of Arctic cold water in my face I found myself having to actually work to keep up with his creativity and humor It was one of those amazing reciprocal relationships where the other party s enthusiasm spurs you to try harder, which encourages them to go further, which forces you to run faster At the same time, I was struck by how nonchalantly he presented the large and potentially confusing differences between our world and his I also appreciated the attention he gave to the nitty gritty level of his world There were details so small that if you blinked, you d miss them As a result, I found myself reading each sentence carefully, word for word, and taking the time to create mental images from scratch Here are some rough examples of what I ve come to expect when I read a ho hum book contrasted with the twists, both small and large, that Fforde introduced Example 1Expected Her name was Theresa Newton.
Received Her name was Thursday Next.
Example 2Expected Theresa took her dog for a walk.
Received Thursday took her dodo for a walk.
Example 3Expected Theresa boarded the plane for a trip home Received Thursday boarded the airship for a trip home.
Example 4Expected Theresa opened the book and sat down for a nice, afternoon read Received Thursday opened her book and fell into its alternate reality for a few months Example 5Expected Theresa s dad stopped by the cafe and complained about her mom s indecision about which color to paint their bedroom.
Received Thursday s dad stopped time to appear out of nowhere in the middle of the caf and complained about the new shade of red her mother would paint their bedroom in two weeks time, which he saw when he visited the future.
You get the point I guess it all goes back to something I mentioned earlier the reciprocal relationship There are so many different layers to Fforde s world building And he allows his readers to engage as deeply or superficially as they prefer If you want to dive in, Fforde has those hidden nuggets for you to enjoy Or if you want to invest your time just understanding the big points and push past the nuances, you ll still come away satisfied I d personally recommend the all in approach.
I loved this book when I first picked it up and remember giggling the whole way through It was passed over to me by the Mum, of all people We do not, normally, share the same taste in literature It has a charming irreverent take on well everything from literature to history It s set in an alternate reality where literature is, if not kind, at least very very significant.
I didn t enjoy this It tries too hard to be clever and to cover many different genres humour, sci fi, horror, detective, literary and whilst also being annoyingly silly After 100 pages I ditched it something I rarely do.
Thursday Next is a woman who is a literary detective in one of several alternative realities round about now In hers, the Crimean War is still going Somehow, in her society, manuscripts are stolen and guns are involved she also manages to get into books and meet characters in them, though I was never convinced as to why any of it happened.
WHO WHY I don t understand who this book is written for You need a love and knowledge of classic literature to know what is our reality and what is an alternative e.
g whether or not Jane Eyre does marry Rochester , but having those characteristics would seem to me to make one unlikely to enjoy this, though as that is clearly not the case, I am in a minority and evidently missing something.
It has a surprisingly colloquial narrative style for a self consciously literary book jarring Americanisms a parking lot for a British book basic grammatical errors using flaunt instead of flout too much exposition is delivered in clich d ways e.
g a police interview ludicrous names Jack Schitt, Acheron Hades a baddie , Thursday Next, Victor Analogy, a vampire called Stoker, Edmund Capillary and Landen Park Laine and even sillier futuristic inventions pizza by fax and a 2B pencil with built in spell check Anthony Trollope had a penchant for jokey names, but at least he restricted them to minor characters and made up for it in other ways This book doesn t.
I had the same feeling after reading this as I had after reading The Looking Glass Wars Fabulous idea, terrible execution I was going to give it one star than I gave that because it s not quite as badly written And I liked the idea of door to door Baconians and Rocky Horrorized Richard III But I changed my mind because the I think about it, the I didn t like it.
It was so smug and cutesy and in need of better editing And it would have been better served by not being written in first person, especially since it kept slipping into other people s heads when it should have been in Thursday s Also, Thursday is really boring and doesn t have an interesting voice, and I didn t care about her at all and, ick, that moment where she gets out her mirror and contemplates her looks The same goes for most of the other characters The only one I really liked was Thursday s father, and he barely had anything to do with anything And the villain How utterly boring Villains are only interesting if they re something beyond mwahahaa so evil.
And it was just a mess So much random crap was going on that seemed to have nothing to do with anything And I could have lived without the romance which was just yawningly boring and tacked on And the names Ugh I wanted to stab my brain out having to read some of those awful names Most people seem to adore this book and the rest of the series, but I thought it was pretty terrible Maybe the writing gets better in later books, but I don t think I ll give them a chance.