Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Today I am going to do a review of The Eyre Affair, I’m going to do something different while reviewing now, I’m going to list all the pros and cons, and then if I would recommend it or not, followed by my Goodreads rating.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book, it was a fun read.

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Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude . . .

Hades’ real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it’s not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte’s novel. Enter Thursday Next. She’s the Special Operative’s renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft’s Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It’s tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte’s masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids . . .Β (Goodreads)

Pros

I absolutely loved the fact that this was set in a parallel London in 1985, for example instead of planes they had airships, the science is way more advanced.

I would say that this book fits under the genre Sci-fi. There are Pet Dodo’s, Thursday’s Dodo was called Pickwick, there were actual bookworms, there was a Prose Portal and Time travel. Thursday’s father was a time traveller and he would just pop out of nowhere and have a conversation with Thursday.

I loved the idea of the prose portal, the fact that they can go inside books and interact with the characters was such a fascinating idea.

This book was funny, wild and a little eccentric. It was a fast paced story that kept me engaged.

Cons

I only had a couple of problems with this book, the first being the Character of Thursday Next, I just felt that she didn’t have much substance, I just didn’t feel like I knew her or what she is like, this book I feel is more plot driven than character development.

The second problem I had with this book is, that the romance that was in here just seemed completely redundant, I didn’t really care what happened with the romance, I felt that he could have left it out. It didn’t bring much to the story.

The next thing is that they didn’t end up going into Jane Eyre until late in the book and I felt that more time should have been given to that part of the story.

Recommend or Not

I would recommend this book, its such a fun book and such an interesting idea, more people need to read this book.

Goodreads: 4 starsΒ 

Happy reading.

Thanks Bookworms

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

  1. This definitely sounds like an interesting book, though it not being character driven feels a bit unfortunate. There would be a lot to dig into with the characters in an alternate universe.

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    1. It is a good book, there is nothing wrong with Thursday as a character, it’s just I felt confused about her. I don’t know, other people might think that she is an awesome character. I probably will read the rest of series.

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      1. That’s good to know. I tend towards character driven stories, so I generally find myself losing interest in even really cool concepts if the characters are flat. But it does sound awesome.

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