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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Aug 02, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: dystopia, fantasy, reviewed, weird-or-annoying
Read from July 28 to August 29, 2012

I had such high hopes for the Eyre Affair, but sadly it didn't deliver. It's a clever idea but very poorly executed. The writing is terrible, with 2D 'good' and 'bad' character who display little motivation for the way they act- it's pretty much impossible to connect with them at all, all their emotions and thoughts are blankly told to you rather than being more subtly suggested, so when you read that so-and-so was sad or angry or whatever, you have to just accept it because it as sure as hell doesn't show otherwise... Similarly, the plot jumps all over the place, with seemingly no logic or motives from the characters. My final problem with the actual writing is that it is also inconsistent; it is meant to be narrated by Thursday, but she talks about things she wasn't present for as if she were staring right next to it all. Grrr.....

Admittedly, all of the literary references etc that Fforde has worked in are interesting and fun to work out, at least to start with- sadly the terrible writing and storyline mean this wears thin. And as for Jane Eyre, the book this is actually based on, it barely gets a mention until page 260ish- that's 3/4 of the way through the bloody book! It takes that long for the story proper to get going! I just ran out of patience...
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08/06/2012 page 77
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Gloria Mundi I'm glad I'm not the only one who hated this.


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