I’ve been a fan of Jane Eyre since second grade, so I had to read The Eyre Affair if only for the title. The book is several years old so I’m late to the party, but I thought it was great fun.
The novel is a combination mystery/comedy/time travel /crime/alternate past book, following a heroine by the name of Thursday Next who tracks literary crimes for a living. The mystery and crime aspects of the book revolve around the plot and characters of Jane Eyre, while the alternate past part involves the Crimean War, which, in the novel, has dragged on for over a hundred years.
If you like books and history at all, you’ll probably find this book highly amusing. It’s light and slapstick and silly (the ineffectual yet sort of maddening boss is named Braxton Hicks, for example) and pleasantly diverting.
There are other novels in the Thursday Next series, but I might stop at The Eyre Affair. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t want to oversaturate. If you’ve read it, what did you think?
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