Imagine a world where the military-industrial complex wants to control everything you do, where the media outlets seem to be competing to win an award for most inane or banal programming, where violent gangs battle over who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays, where you could find yourself trapped inside a poem, and a character from your favorite book just might save your life...
Welcome to the parallel world inhabited by Thursday Next, a government LiteraTec assigned to investigate the mysterious theft of the original manuscript of Charles Dicken’s Martin Chuzzlewit. We seem to be in 1980s Great Britain, but the Crimean War has never ended, Wales is an independent and hostile nation, and most importantly, Charlotte Brontë's beloved heroine Jane Eyre has never had occasion to use the words, “Reader, I married him.” There are also vampires, werewolves, home-cloned dodo birds, an evil villain who can only be stopped by a silver bullet, some messing around with the space/time continuum, and, yes, Mr. Rochester.
Sound like fun? Then please join us in the September Reader’s Den, where we’re prolonging our summer reading to discuss The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, the first book in the Thursday Next series. I spent last summer bursting into laughter on the subway as I read my way through this hilariously quirky series, which is loaded with wordplay and literary jokes, so I hope you’ll enjoy this romp into mystery-fantasy-satire. If you’re already a Thursday Next fan, or if you tried the book and it wasn't your cup of tea, please join in the discussion, too. I'd love to know what you think!
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More about author Jasper Fforde and the Thursday Next series next week with discussion questions to follow in Week 3. Hope to see you then (as long as the ChronoGuard don't do anything shifty, that is.) Please feel free to post your comments at any time. Thanks for reading!
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