Thursday, March 27, 2008

THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair is the first book in a series whose heroine is Thursday Next, and her name embodies the British humor that pervades the book. Thursday works for a fictitious law enforcement agency in a division that protects literary works. In this case, the villain has a device that allows him to remove characters from an original manuscript, thus removing that character permanently from the book, because the original manuscript is the parent of all copies. Hmm…. It's whimsical, to say the least. Also, Thursday can insert herself into the plot of Jane Eyre, for example, and alter its ending for the better. This book wasn't exactly my thing, but the literary references were a hoot. I especially enjoyed the various arguments about who really wrote Shakespeare's plays.

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