The Eyre Affair- Part One
Let me begin by saying that I am in love with this book. The alternate universe that Fforde has created is infinitely intriguing and his writing style just cant be beat. He has managed to write a story in a completely foreign time and place that still strikes a familiar chord. I feel connected to Thursday, with her dry wit and frustration about terrible puns surrounding her surname (I can commiserate).
What is most interesting to me in the world Fforde has created is the zeal its inhabitants have for literature. People hand out tracts and meet to contest true authorship of famous works. They make “literary pilgrimages” to the homes of renowned writers. I don’t know about you guys, but I would love to have coin operated machines on street corners that spout Shakespearian soliloquies for a dime (I would however, in this case, be broke much of the time). For avid readers like us, a universe full of people who value literature so highly seems almost like a wild dream. I’m very much enjoying a world (fictional though it may be) where the fantasy is real.
On a completely different note, I am finding the novel’s conflict in Crimea eerily relevant (as I’m sure most of you are as well). I can’t say that I’ve been as good as I should be about keeping up with the current issues, but I thought the similarity was worth mentioning. Regardless of current conflict, I liked Thursday’s comments on what a “just war” should be; unfortunately, the “misguided patriotism” cited by Thursday moves forward under the guise of true justice.
As I said, I am absolutely loving The Eyre Affair, and I can’t wait to keep reading!