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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
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Jan 05, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: novels, postmodern, across-the-pond, empty-calories
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Colin

2.5 instead of 2. I wanted to really like this book. The idea of having literature detectives & a place where the written word is venerated sounded really cool. It sets up a premise that one could have a lot of fun with. The problem is that Fforde's writing style gets in the way of true enjoyment. The book is set up to be told from Thursday's POV, which is why whenever Fforde steps out of that to present events where Thursday isn't present is weird. Unless he's playing with the idea of stepping outside of time which is present throughout. If this is so, he doesn't set up the transition at all. Also, there are parts where the jokes fall so flat it's painful. Someone mentions the Order of the Wombats. One character says something "funny" & Fforde writes afterward: "There was a pause.", instead of letting it naturally sink in. It's like he's underlining the joke & saying: LOOK, THIS IS FUNNY! I think I will try other other books, in order to see if he gets any better, because there is something to the plot.

Also, as a side note, every time a dodo is mentioned in the book, I imagine it looking something like Edward Gorey's character Mr. Earbrass: wide goggling eyes, a rectangular head & an expression that can read as anything.

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Susan My husband liked this one pretty well, but I think he liked "The Big Over Easy" a little better. Of course, he also really enjoys the plays on words and puns that are in that series :-)

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