The Eyre Affair: A Novel

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel

Format:  Paperback,

384 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Feb 2003

ISBN-13: 9780142001806

ISBN-10: 0142001805

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The first installment in Jasper Fforde's "New York Times "bestselling series of Thursday Next novels introduces literary detective Thursday Next and her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England
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 Bronte'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. Thursday's zany investigations continue with six more bestselling Thursday Next novels, including "One of Our Thursdays is Missing" and the upcoming "The Woman Who Died A Lot." Visit jasperfforde.com.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Feb 2003
ISBN-13: 9780142001806
ISBN-10: 0142001805
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 142001805

About the author

Biography of Fforde, Jasper

Author Jasper Fforde was born on January 11, 1961 in London, England. He spent numerous years as a focus puller in the film industry, where he worked on films such as Quills, Golden Eye, and Entrapment. His first novel, The Eyre Affair, was published in 2001. He is the author of the Thursday Next, Nursery Crime and Dragonslayer series and the novel Shades of Gray. In 2004, he won the Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction for The Well of Lost Plots.

Chapter outline

A Woman Named Thursday Nextp. 1
Gad's Hillp. 11
Back at My Deskp. 18
Acheron Hadesp. 29
Search for the Guilty, Punish the Innocentp. 44
Jane Eyre: A Short Excursion into the Novelp. 63
The Goliath Corporationp. 71
Airship to Swindonp. 77
The Next Familyp. 90
The Finis Hotel, Swindonp. 106
Polly Flashes Upon the Inward Eyep. 122
SpecOps-27: The Literary Detectivesp. 128
The Church at Capel-y-ffinp. 142
Lunch with Bowdenp. 143
Hello & Goodbye, Mr. Quaverleyp. 151
Sturmey Archer and Felix7p. 162
SpecOps-17: Suckers & Bitersp. 172
Landen Againp. 179
The Very Irrev. Joffy Nextp. 192
Dr. Runcible Spoonp. 201
Hades & Goliathp. 209
The Waiting Gamep. 216
The Dropp. 220
Martin Chuzzlewit Is Reprievedp. 232
Time Enough for Contemplationp. 238
The Earthcrossersp. 243
Hades Finds Another Manuscriptp. 264
Haworth Housep. 286
Jane Eyrep. 295
A Groundswell of Popular Feelingp. 300
The People's Republic of Walesp. 303

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2001-10-15)

"So unusual you've got to read it to believe it; and please do", trumpets London's Bookseller. Unusual, indeed; in Fforde's debut, set in 1985 in an alternate London, literature is (refreshingly) so important that you can get punished for forging Byronic verses. Then someone starts kidnapping literary characters Jane Eyre's disappearance is particularly traumatic and Special Operative Thursday Next must stop this before it's too late.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Dilys Award, 2003 (United States)
  • Alex Awards, 2003 (United States)
  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2002 (United States)

Book description

The first installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series of Thursday Next novels introduces literary detective Thursday Next and her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England

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. Thursday’s zany investigations continue with six more bestselling Thursday Next novels, including One of Our Thursdays is Missing and the upcoming The Woman Who Died A Lot. Visit jasperfforde. com.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by My favorite book! I like this book a lot and read also the sequels. Just the right pace and mixture of drama and fantasy. Very funny parts, like where the uncle (a bit like the geek scientist in James Bond) invents cool items like the memory eraser: Uncle, where is the memory eraser? - What are you talking about? Jasper Fforde is a very interesting read. I really wish they would make a movie from this book, but I think he has no interest (or offers?) so far. 05/11/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by book lovers If you have ever loved a book so much that you wish that you could be one of the characters, this is a book you MUST read! 11/18/2008
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