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Reviews of Eyre Affair, the (2002)

Review by cellogirl911 (2006-03-21)
One of the best books I have ever read. Makes you laugh the entire time, while also making your mind work its way through what you know about booksa dn the history of our reality. Hooks you into the story line making it impossible to get away. I am ADDICTED to this author. Read the orginal Jane Eyre before you read this book so that everything makes sense.WARNING: If you can't stand addiction don't read this.

Review by human216 (2005-03-16)
A very imaginative book (and series) that does not take itself too seriously. If you enjoy reading Douglas Adams and Piers Anthony then you'll probably find a home here as well.

This is not a book that examines the human condition, nor shows a mirror to our inner darkness, nor offers any heartfelt and hard won transformations of character. What the series does (and does very well) is entertain you with amusing and preposterous situations and characters.

Review by clairv (2004-10-13)
The premise of The Eyre Affair is very clever. In addition to the interesting world that Fforde has created, there are many inside jokes and clever literary references to entertain any lover of classic literature. I found the writing itself however to be a bit pedestrian. This book really reminded me of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Malone stories. Those I read for the character and the mystery story and not for the prose, until round about the letter G, when I found the stories as lackluster as the writing and gave up. I found the same to be true here. The story is engaging, it moves along quickly and chapters are short which makes it good reading on the commute, but it was all quite superficial, with about the same depth of a good action movie script.

I found some of the cleverness backfired. There were a few points in the book when I stopped and said to myself, "Huh? Did I just miss something?" Interesting issues would be raised and foreshadowing elements put in place that were abandoned or never explained, which I found quite unsatisfying.

Review by blueworld (2004-04-17)
Very funny even though I know I didn't get all the jokes. If you haven't read Jane Eyre, read it before you read The Eyre Affair.

Review by sqbr (2003-09-29)
As far as I can tell I'm the only person in the world who didn't love this book, so don't take my word for it. This is one of those rather silly intellectual confections set in a completely non-consistent world where the author has obviously just chucked in whatever sounded good rather than trying to create any kind of real setting. That given, the ideas he chucks in are in some cases pretty cool in a bibliophilic kind of way.(Shakespeare with shout-ins, for example) Also the charcaters are fairly consistent and adequately drawn which is pretty important. I geuss the problem is I just didn't find it very funny, and if I had then everything else would have been justified. So give it a go if you like literature and don't have a problem with silliness.

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