Synopses & Reviews
The word "unique" is overused and frequently misused. Here, however, is an instance where it truly applies. But to call The Eyre Affair
a unique first novel featuring a fearless fictional adventurer barely begins to tell the story. When asked to summarize his creation is a single sentence, Jasper Fforde described it as "a literary detective thriller with romantic overtones, mad-inventor uncles, aunts trapped in Wordsworth poems, global multinationals, scheming evildoers, an excursion inside the novel Jane Eyre
, dodos, knight-errant-time-traveling fathers, and the answer to the eternal question: Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays?" Swindon, a traditionally tranquil English town, is the ironic setting for most of these oddball characters and peculiar goings-on; the year is 1985. Fforde spins his wildly imaginative crime caper in language every bit as ingenious as the madcap plot; his devilishly clever turns of phrase take the form of verbal puzzles, anagrams, and literary and cinematic in-jokes.
Long involved in the movie-making business, Fforde gives a starring role to Thursday Next, a captivating sleuth whose respect for literature matches that of her creator. The essence of Thursday's quest is the capture of Acheron Hades, a wily cad whose dastardly crime is murder of characters from the classics.
About the Author
JASPER FFORDE is the author of the critically acclaimed and imaginative Thursday Next literary crime series. He has worked for many years in he film industry as a camera technician on films including Goldeneye, The Mast of Zorro, Entrapment,and The Saint. Raised in England, he lives and works in Wales.ELIZABETH SASTRE has appeared in regional theater. She has a recurring role on As the World Turns and guest starred on Law and Order.