Plot summary[ edit ] In a parallel universe , England and Imperial Russia have fought the Crimean War for more than a century; England still has a parliamentary government, although heavily influenced by the Goliath Corporation a powerful weapon-producing company with questionable morals ; and Wales is a separate, socialist nation. John Rivers, to India in order to help him with his missionary work. Society publicly debates literary questions especially the question of Shakespearean authorship , sometimes inspiring gang wars and murder. Regular law enforcement agencies still exist, alongside new specialized agencies under the single organization SpecOps Special Operations. The more than 20 branches include SpecOps 12, the Chronoguard, who police all events related to time travel , and SpecOps 27, the Literary Detectives, or "LiteraTecs", who deal with all literature-related crimes. The Crimean War is a cold conflict with both sides at a stalemate but too stubborn to call for peace.
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Share via Email Jasper Fforde. I read it for the second time this summer on mostly stationary trains in the rain, as the first book I downloaded onto a brand new Kindle. It brings back, for me, the joy of an unopened birthday present the shape and size of a book — the promise of a new story. A particularly tricky case puts Thursday in the position of policing text itself, as she must prevent villainous Acheron Hades from kidnapping vital characters from literary classics. The adventure takes her through time, space and literature, as she discovers an unusual talent for actually entering the world of books, and eventually infiltrates Jane Eyre itself in order to save its central characters.
Reading a truly good book, the page opens like a trapdoor and you simply fall through. The Eyre Affair takes that feeling, the moment you lose the sense of yourself and become engrossed in the story, and creates high adventure and wild drama around the porous boundaries between fiction and real life. Reading and re-reading it over two separate summers, I found myself lost in the story whatever format it lived in. Whether turning a page or pushing a button, the result is the same: an engrossing tale takes me away from the drab skies and public transport chaos of British summertime, transporting me to live temporarily inside the world of the story.
The Eyre Affair is a perfect read for those summer times that are more frustrating than relaxing — a great escape and a grand adventure.
Share via Email Jasper Fforde. I read it for the second time this summer on mostly stationary trains in the rain, as the first book I downloaded onto a brand new Kindle. It brings back, for me, the joy of an unopened birthday present the shape and size of a book — the promise of a new story. A particularly tricky case puts Thursday in the position of policing text itself, as she must prevent villainous Acheron Hades from kidnapping vital characters from literary classics.
The Eyre Affair Character List
Thursday is one of the few people who knows what Hades looks like. On her first mission with SO-5 Thursday chooses to move in on Hades prematurely and her two coworkers are killed, and she is wounded by Hades and left for dead. Due to a message from her future self, Thursday takes a job with the Litera Tech office in Swindon, her hometown. Thursday meets up with her old flame Landen and is still unable to forgive him for his betrayal of her brother, Anton, during the Crimean War. Thursday is determined to track down Hades when he kidnaps her uncle Mycroft, steals an original Jane Eyre manuscript and then kidnaps Jane Eyre herself.