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Jasper Fforde , Elizabeth Sastre
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Book Description

Feb 2002

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.

In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Highbridge Company; Abridged edition (Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565115465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565115460
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 13.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,384,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After giving up a varied career in the film world, he now lives and writes in Wales, and has a passion for aviation.

To find out more visit Jasper's website, Facebook page or follow him on Twitter @jasperfforde.

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Pirouetting on the boundaries between sci-fi, the crime thriller and intertextual whimsy, Jasper Fforde's outrageous The Eyre Affairputs you on the wrong footing even on its dedication page, which proudly announces that the book conforms to Crimean War economy standard.

Fforde's heroine, Thursday Next, lives in a world where time and reality are endlessly mutable--someone has ensured that the Crimean War never ended for example--a world policed by men like her disgraced father, whose name has been edited out of existence. She herself polices text--against men like the Moriarty-like Acheron Styx, whose current scam is to hold the minor characters of Dickens' novels to ransom, entering the manuscript and abducting them for execution and extinction one by one. When that caper goes sour, Styx moves on to the nation's most beloved novel--an oddly truncated version of Jane Eyre--and kidnaps its heroine. The phlegmatic and resourceful Thursday pursues Acheron across the border into a Leninist Wales and further to Mr Rochester's Thornfield Hall, where both books find their climax on the roof amid flames.

Fforde is endlessly inventive: his heroine's utter unconcern about the strangeness of the world she inhabits keeps the reader perpetually double-taking as minor certainties of history, literature and cuisine go soggy in the corner of our eye. The audacity of the premise and its working out provides sudden leaps of understanding, many of them accompanied by wild fits of the giggles. This is a peculiarly promising first novel. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


[She's] part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew and part Dirty Harry (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, on Thursday Next)

Delightfully clever ... Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion and bibliowit, THE EYRE AFFAIR combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But its quirky charm is all its own. (Wall Street Journal) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric and whimsical, but I loved it :) 20 Sep 2005
In order to save your time and money, if you don't like books that require you to suspend your disbelief, don't buy this book. On the other hand, even if you are one of those who generally don't enjoy books that require the reader to use his imagination, you can enormously enjoy this book. So I guess it all comes down to whether or not you are willing to risk it...
The plot is pretty strange. Fforde takes us to a surreal version of Great Britain, in the year 1985. We can recognize some aspects of his world, but not all of them. For example, in the author's world, technology is much more advanced (it is acceptable to clone extinguished animals and to have them as pets), the Crimean War didn't stop and everybody loves literature. It could be said that literature is for them what sports are to us: a national passion. Anyway, in that kind of world, that is already beginning to sound weird (but in a nice way), there is a Special Operations Network that was created in order to "handle policing duties considered either to unusual or too specialized to be tackled by the regular force". Most of the operatives are rather peculiar. There is a saying that explains that more clearly: "If you want to be a SpecOp, act kinda weird...".
Miss Thursday Nexts is a Spec- Op 27 who loves literature and specializes in problems related to literature, like all Spec-ops 27. She is intelligent and capable, strong but also vulnerable, and she was a sense of humor I found delightful. Thursday is more or less bored with her job, due to the fact that she finds it too routinary. After all, how many book forges can you detect before getting bored?. However, something is going to happen that is going to change her ordinary tasks.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic trip through fiction 2 Sep 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with it's crazy mix of fiction, good guys chasing bad guys and quirky humour.
Thursday Next is a Literatec (or Literary detective) in a world where changes can be made to books if you can just get hold of the original manuscript and it is her job to stop to stop arch villain Acheron Hades from destroying Jane Eyre after he kidnaps Jane from the manuscript and alters all the copies.
If you enjoy classic fiction (especially Jane Eyre); Douglas Adams and Alice in Wonderland then you will probably enjoy this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a damn good read 18 Mar 2003
I picked up a copy of The Eyre Affair after I read a review. I found the premis intriguing and thought, if it works, could be a fun read. And so it was. Before I finished this book, I bought the next, so I could carry on the saga as soon as I'd finished.
Many others have already said it; this is neither one genre or another, and a nightmare to try and describe, (and fantasy is not my genre at all) as there's a bit of everything in here. But none crowd each other or fail to gel - Crime, fantasy, touch of low tech sci-fi, vampires, love story, cheesy villians (Acheron is only the 3rd most evil being on the planet) and low brow in-jokes of high brow literature classics.
Now, reading it like that, many will say these things can't work together. Jasper Fforde, on his website (which displays the cult the author has built with just two books) tells the story of the 76 rejections, before a publisher took a punt; he said no agent or publisher ever got beyond the synopsis, as soon as he was read, it started to happen for him.
He has also trodden carefully in Jane Eyre territory. Obviously fond of the book, so couldn't bring himself to give her much dialogue. However, while Jane is off narrating her book (Jane Eyre is written in the first person, as is his book) the resulting 'downtime' for the off stage characters is used a lot and provides much of the fun of this book.
On the writing side, his use of adverbs in dialogue is a little annoying. When the meaning and tone of speech is quite clear, it seems unneccesary - but plenty of writers do overuse them, so that's probably just one of my quirks. I also thought his general description of place was a little thin. I didn't visualise a number of the settings very well. That could be me too, but none of it detracts from the enjoyable read.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original, funny book 17 Nov 2006
I first heard about Jasper Fforde through an article in The Sunday Telegraph, so I bought one of his books as a present for a friend. She absolutely loved it and raved about it for ages, so I had to borrow it from her, and I'm so glad I did.

The Eyre Affair is one of the most original books I have read, if not the most original. Fforde really excels at creating a skewed world where things are similar to the real world, but also completely and utterly different. Thursday Next is a Literary Detective who must defeat the evil Acheron Hades scheme to hold Britain to ransom for Jane Eyre, who he has kidnapped from her book. The book is very funny, combining high- and low-brow humour in a way reminiscent of Monty Python. It also helps to have just a little knowledge of English literature!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Anyone with a love of words, books and literature--and who has a sense of humour--should love this novel. The word-play alone kept me well amused for the length of the story. Trying to categorise the type of story is difficult. It's sci-fi, but not so. Perhaps more a fantasy/reality mix that Phillip Pullman might recognise from his Dark Materials trilogy. I hope the machine central to the story is never built: wouldn't do to let Hannibal Lecter out on the world!
Despite a slight first-novelish woodenness to the pace of the story I'm greatly looking forward to the Next instalment (pun intended but you'll have to read the book to find out why).
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
A tongue-in-cheek take on time travel and crime in an alternate version of 1980s England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever intertextual game
Funny but extremely interesting in the way J Fforde plays with the Bronte narrative, stretching the interplay between his own text & Bronte's to the extent of giving Rochester a... Read more
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Really good fun - a good plot but much, much more. I really enjoyed working out all the puns and literary references in character and place names. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, in a good way.
A really enjoyable book as it mixes modern scifi/fantasy and classical literature to stunning effect. A strong heroine and a fast paced story complete the effect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a bit different!!
I really enjoyed this book, it's different, quirky and possibly on two levels ie, I think I missed some if the 'in jokes'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic: Quite simply one of the best books ever written. A genre in...
This is quite simply one of the greatest books ever written, and the one book I constantly recommend to everyone. In fact I’ve bought multiple copies to give to people as gifts! Read more
Published 3 months ago by dom1708
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant start to a brilliant series. Full of wit and...
This is the first of the books in the Thursday Next series, and it provides an essential background to the rest of the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Dalby
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Jasper Fforde novel
As usual, a wacky and engaging novel from Jasper Fforde!
I love to catch all the little references to other books
Published 3 months ago by Elanor Bartlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Good one it gets going
Quite a bizarre read but at times very funny, at others really confusing! Am going to try the next one so it can't be all bad!
Published 3 months ago by Katie Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another super book from Jasper Fforde
I bought this after reading several other of Fforde's books, and I was not disappointed. Time travel, classical literature, history, drama, mystery and a bit of romance, all rolled... Read more
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