Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Calling All Literature-Loving Friends

Have you read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde? If so, did you like it?

I mostly enjoyed it, but didn't find the book brilliant. I'm wondering whether someone with greater literary knowledge would gotten more inside jokes and find that this was the cleverest novel ever. I'm no slouch when it comes to reading, but will freely admit wide gaps in my background. For instance, I had to look up Martin Chuzzlewit in Wikipedia to make sure it was a real Dickens book.

The Eyre Affair had a great concept – people in a sort of alternate English universe become able to enter works of literature – and I like the main character, Thursday Next. The villain, Acheron Hades (heavy handed, anyone?), was unfortunately too one-sided. I didn't see a motivation for him beyond "evil is fun!" and there was no apparent reason why Thursday was able to resist his nasty mind-bending abilities. . . . unless I'm missing some big connection that's obvious to you literature specialists.

A fun book, but probably not going on my re-read list. Thoughts?

7 comments:

bubandpie said...

I read a couple of books in that series, but got bored. Yes, it's clever, but I find the character development to be virtually non-existent - even Thursday Next isn't a very plausible character in my mind, and the romance plot is just abysmal.

Average Jane said...

I, too, lost patience with the series after a few books. A lot of the humor is just too heavy-handed for my taste and overwhelmed the charm of the literary references.

appleseed said...

I guess I will take this one off my list to read then... I am still slogging my way through "Love in the time of Cholera"...
I just finished "Water for elephants" and enjoyede that one...

kittenpie said...

Meh. That's an adult book, right? I don't read many of those... Only ones that look REALLY good, or the newest of those few authors I follow.

Jenni said...

I got the literary references and still had a hard time muddling through it. I really wanted to like it, so I kept trying, but I don't think I even finished it.

wayabetty said...

I tend to stay away from any books with the words "Literary awards" or something like that b/c I know it's beyond me. I got this one book with some notable awards and couldn't finish it at all. So, I guess I'll stick with "New York Best seller" lists.

Lawyer Mama said...

I read it a couple of years ago, but I can't remember enough about it to tell you whether or not I liked it.

I guess that in and of itself tells you something.