Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Book Review: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Published: 19th July 2001
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 384
Series: Thursday Next (#1)
Readership: Adult fiction
Genres: Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★
Rating: Paperback
More: Goodreads

There is another 1985, where London’s criminal gangs have moved into the lucrative literary market, and Thursday Next is on the trail of the new crime wave’s Mr Big. Acheron Hades has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. Jane Eyre is gone. Missing.

I have to give credit to The Eyre Affair: Jane Eyre is now one of my favourite novels and I picked it up because I didn’t know how much would be revealed in The Eyre Affair. I am immensely glad I did because at one point, the entire story is retold! However, it isn’t all about Jane Eyre, as I had first thought. Instead, we get much, much more and everything is unexpected, always well-crafted, and brilliantly executed.

The Eyre Affair follows Miss Thursday Next, LiteraTec, as she attempts to solve the mystery of Martin Chuzzlewit, the missing Dickens manuscript(in between her internal battle: should she get back together with her old boyfriend, even though he betrayed her family?). A vicious and cunning literary criminal – Acheron Hades – is kidnapping famous figures from literature – and he has his eyes set on Jane Eyre. Thursday Next is up to the challenge, but it’s a little difficult when your target frequently disappears and cannot be killed yet can kill you. The Eyre Affair is a quirky fantasy story full of literary references and witty scenes. I loved jumping into the alternative 1980s world and not knowing what was going to happen – and sometimes what was going on! Who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays? How does Thursday’s time travelling father keep visiting her? Will anyone ever believe that she’s met Mr. Rochester and changed one of the world’s most beloved stories forever?

The Eyre Affair is an intelligent and immensely fun adventure that’ll whisk you away to a world where books are prized and protected at all costs, but where anything at all can happen…

Thank you Hodder & Stoughton for providing this book for review!

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

  1. Susanna says:

    I love the Thursday Next series! They’re so much fun, very intelligent, and so full of refernces that it’s almost impossible to capture them all. I hope that you keep reading them, because it’s even more fun when Thursday starts to travel through books in a more detailed way with Miss Havisham…
    I think that the series is brilliant.

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