Book Review: The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair was written by Jasper Fforde, a british writer. Truthfully this was one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. Seriously a great book. Let me see if I can wrap my head around this one and tell you a bit about why I think this book is so great.

First off, this book is the first in a series (currently at 5 books) following the adventures of the literary detective Thursday Next. The year is 1985 (roughly) and Next works for the english Special Operations Network as a detective chasing down literary criminals. Her father used to work for the ChronoGaurd, a section of the Special Operations Network that specializes in travelling through time. As Thursday would say, her father has a face that could stop a clock. Other sections of the SON work with vampires, internal affairs, antiterrorism, etc. As you can see this fictional Britain seems to have a lot going on.

The antagonist of the story becomes apparent quite quickly. Acheron Hades, one of the worlds most wanted criminals has stolen the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit (written by Charles Dickens, approx 1845). What follows is an adventure through britain, through time, into and out of books, and ultimately, an adventure through your imagination. No major damage is done to the Chuzzlewit story, but Hades eventually gets his hands on the great Charlotte Bronte classic ‘Jane Eyre.’ If you want to see what happens to that story, you should read the book.

The book was just so unique. I’ve never read anything like it. I don’t want to divulge too much of the plot because I want you to read it. Imagine a world where the lines between the story on the pages and the real world are blurred. The possibilities are endless!

The Eyre Affair has many references to great books and works, including, but not limited to Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Dickins, and there’s a great discussion of Shakespear’s works. But if you don’t know any of these people then you won’t miss out, because its not pivotal to the storyline. The real genius of the story lies in the intricate plot and imagination.

I can’t possibly hope to explain the plot of this book, nor do i want to. All I can say is that this was a great book, and I will definitely read it again. I encourage you to do so also!

Happy reading (I’m off to buy the next one in the series)