Overview (No Spoilers):
The Eyre Affair has probably broken my record, previously held by Child 44, for the longest I’ve waiting for a library book to become available upon being placed on a waiting list. I waited over 6 months for Child 44 and The Eyre Affair far surpassed that timeframe to the point that I’d forgotten I’d put the novel in question on hold. One of my very talented blogging friends Rachel, author of the Records of the Ohanzee series, first recommended me The Eyre Affair well over a year ago and anyone that happens to be a fan of classical literature, especially Jane Eyre, will find this clever, witty tale delightful. The key concepts involve a much changed, semi-futuristic Britain where time travel is possible and thanks to a new invention, the barriers between the literary world and that of the real world are semi permeable at best. Can you even imagine being able to walk around your favorite novel, interacting with your favorite characters? My key complaint revolves around the level of detail in which this foreign, technologically advanced world is described. Fforde has dreamed up some truly unique ideas, however I felt as though some of key points that he could have hooked me as a reader were quickly glossed over. Overall, The Eyre Affair would be a fun read by any book lover, however to be able to glean several key aspects of the book having previously read Jane Eyre is an absolute must.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- I was not a fan of Landen and Thursday getting together in the end! All we had to go on that they should be together was Thursday’s insistence on their previous chemistry. As the reader we did not witness any of this instant love. I did love how Landen’s initial wedding was interrupted as in Jane Eyre. Personally, I wanted Thursday and Bowden to be a couple.
- I want to know more about the ChronoGuard. Why did Thursday’s dad go rogue? How do you learn to time travel? How do people like Snood get stuck in time and get instantly old? All of this was incredibly fascinating but alas not flushed out?
- Why did Hades become so evil? How did he get his crazy powers?
- Also, how are their vampires and werewolves in this realm of Britain? Also the book is base in 1985? How can they be so advanced in cloning?
- Did Thursday’s brother actually give the wrong directions as to what hill to storm during the Crimea war?