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The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next)

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Each chapter of The Eyre Affair opens with a small epigraph underneath the chapter title, all from a variety of inter-textual and extra-textual sources. Typically light, funny, or satirical, these epigraphs play and extremely important role in the form aspect of The Eyre Affair's content, and to the tone of the entire novel. What is there to forgive?. . .Ignore forgive and concentrate on living. Life for you is short; far too short to allow small jealousies to infringe on the happiness which can be yours only for the briefest of times.”

Occasional restraint would have done wonders for the book, but fortunately Fforde does offer enough to make it worthwhile.So, Dear Reader, suspend your disbelief, find a quiet corner and just surrender to the storytelling voice of the unstoppable, ever-resourceful Thursday Next: Writing and publishing his first book, The Eyre Affair, in 2001, the writer Jasper Fforde made his debut on the literary scene with a good impact. This was to start a trend in his work for the fantastical and funny that has been integrated into his work throughout much of his career. It was also to start his series featuring the eponymous detective of ‘Thursday Next’ who would deal with crimes set within the realm of literature. British writer Jasper Fforde has been creating his unique brand of idiosyncratic fantasy fiction for some time now. With his imaginative perspective on the genre he’s been making an impact within the field with his highly influential novels. Gaining a huge degree of both commercial and critical success in his time, he’s managed to create a name for himself and will continue to do so in the many years to come. Early and Personal Life

John Sutherland (26 July 2003). "If it's Thursday it must be the valley of death". The Guardian . Retrieved 22 November 2007.

The Eyre Affair is, above all else, a work of science fiction (though in the US it has been cleverly marketed to avoid that dreaded designation). Other small asides are also excellent, from the surrealist movement to the pets to the all too rare Will-Speak machines ("officially known as a Shakespeare Soliloquy Vending Automaton"). Thursday is in her mid-thirties at the start of the first book, and, by the end of it, had married Landen Parke-Laine. Thursday juggles her work in Swindon and the world of fiction, battling the machinations of the insidious Goliath Corporation, members of the Hades family and other evils at every turn.

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