AG Book Club :: June
“Delightfully clever…Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion and bibliowit, The Eyre Affair combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Steven Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But its quirky charm is all its own.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“…part Bridget Jones, part Nancy Drew, and part Dirty Harry” (Michio Kakutani, The New York Times)
“For sheer inventiveness his book is hard to beat. The Eyre Affair is an exuberant melange of crime, comedy and alternative history.” (Houston Chronicle)
“The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde could hardly be more delightful…It takes a bold adventurer to play fast and loose with literature, and that’s what we have in Thursday Next and Fforde.” (Newsday)
“The Eyre Affair neatly delivers alternate history…and lots, lots more. So, dear reader suspend your disbelief, find a quiet corner and just surrender to the storytelling voice of the unstoppable, ever-resourceful Thursday Next.” (The Washington Post)
As you may have gathered, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is hard to pin down and full of surprises. A mystery novel, the setting is Great Britain, 1985, but in an alternate reality where “time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously”. The hero is Thursday Next, a literary detective who must literally enter the novel Jane Eyre in order to track down the villain who may be responsible for “the most heinous act of literary homicide”—the murder of Jane Eyre!
(I’m cracking myself up even as I write this…This novel is so zany and unpredictable you just have to hold on for dear life.)
The book revels in literature and has so many literary references that it will make Rory Gilmore seem like a Valley Girl. But the story itself is clever and exciting and will carry you through to the end. Can’t wait to start this perfect summer book!