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New in new DJ protected by clear mylar DJ cover. The Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers "Umberto Eco meets Harry Potter," is the way Randolph, one of our Discover readers, described this imaginative first novel. The two may be an unlikely pair, but in many ways they serve up an apt description of this highly original work, which examines what might happen if the barriers between fiction and reality disappeared and made it possible to share, or even alter, an important moment in classic literary history. In Jasper Fforde's hilarious romp through time and space, heroine Thursday Next -- an agent with the secretive Special Operations Network, Literary Detective Division -- is sent to investigate the theft of Dickens's original manuscript for Martin Chuzzlewit by a diabolical archvillain. What really happened to the elusive character Mr. Quaverly in Dickens's book? Or for that matter, to the drunken tinker Christopher Sly from Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew? Why do these characters appear once, only to play no further role in the stories? Is it possible that their disappearances were not the result of innocent editorial decisions by Dickens and Shakespeare but were instead due to devilish doings? Thursday's resolute pursuit of literary truth and justice takes her and an extended cast of ingenious characters on a convoluted historical caper, including a wild and crazy performance of Richard III that takes many of its theatrical cues from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fforde's first fiction foray will delight a broad spectrum of intrepid readers, including aficionados of science fiction, history, British humor, and classic literature alike. (Winter 2002 Selection) FROM THE PUBLISHER Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping charactersfrom works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide. FROM THE CRITICS New York Times-A combination of fantasy, comedy, science fiction, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, Lewis Carroll, Monty Python and even 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'. LA Times-Lovers of great literature with a fondness for light genre fiction...will feel instantly at home in The Eyre Affair... Demensions-The Eyre Affair is a delightful rabbit hole of a read: once you fall in you may never come back. All this reality-twisting action is set against a, well, rather reality-twisting backdrop. Rocky Mountain News-...a highly inventive, frequently hilarious and occasionally poignant tale. Houston Chronicle- For sheer inventiveness [The Eyre Affair] is hard to beat.
Title: Eyre Affair
Categories: Science Fiction/Fantasy,
Edition: 1st Edition. 1st Impression.
Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Viking Pr: 2002
ISBN Number: 0-670-03064-3
ISBN Number 13: 9780670030644
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: New
Jacket Condition: New
Item: 1.00 Item
A.B.Normal Book Number: 190840
Keywords: FICTION FANTASY CONTEMPORARY ENGLAND HISTORICAL