The Eyre Affair - BOOKRAY

by Jasper Fforde | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0142001805 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Fantasma on 9/12/2004
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16 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Fantasma on Sunday, September 12, 2004
"There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next.
In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away."

Journal Entry 2 by Fantasma on Thursday, November 03, 2005
This wasn't the best of times to read this book. I had little time, was too stressed and easily distracted, so I think I can't really remember exactly the 1st half of the book.... :o(
It's a pity, as when I had more time and started reading seriously, I enjoyed it very much! I think the author did a fantastic job in creating this "parallel" universe where anything can happen and nothing is what it seems!
Thursday is a very enjoyable characher and I'm definitly looking forward to reading the following books...

** This is the 2nd copy of this book I have **

Journal Entry 3 by Fantasma on Tuesday, November 22, 2005
**** Please try to read the book in one month or ask to be moved forward if you are too burried in rings! :o] ****

* nice2mice (Portugal) DONE
* Vega0 (Portugal) - ships anywhere DONE
* darjeeling (Portugal) DONE
* pipmts (Portugal) DONE
* -BookHaven- (Portugal) DONE
* conto (Portugal) DONE
* oliveoyle (UK) - prefers to ship to UK, international if necessary DONE
* to-fengari (Finland) - ships anywhere DONE
* ElHurricane (Portugal) - ships anywhere

* Breeze144 (Canada) - ships Canada/US, international if really necessary SKIPPED
* CynthiaA (Canada) - ships anywhere (surface) SKIPPED
* OneMorePage (USA) - prefers shipping to US SKIPPED
* librarymousie (USA) - ships anywhere SKIPPED

* LESEHEST (Norway) - prefers shipping to Europe, international if really necessary (didn't answer PM's the 1st time) DONE

* jenniferwales (UK) - prefers to post within Europe (didn't answer PM's the 1st time) SKIPPED
* yogie (Sweden) - ships anywhere (asked to be passed on) SKIPPED
* jessicaloveyou (Singapore) SKIPPED
* hshah (India) - India prefered SKIPPED
* Akhena (USA) - prefers shipping to US SKIPPED

* -Jill- (Portugal) - ships anywhere
* PedroGamaVieira (Portugal)
* terpsicore (Portugal) - ships anywhere
* Spiegel (Brasil) - ships anywhere

Released 13 yrs ago (11/25/2005 UTC) at Fellow BookCrosser in Postal release, Postal Release -- Controlled Releases



Here starts its journey, on it's way to nice2mice.

I hope you all enjoy this book, and may it travel well and fast! :o)

Journal Entry 5 by nice2mice on Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Já está comigo!

" ... when my mind was young and the barrier between reality and make-believe had not yet hardened into the shell that cocoons us in adult life."

Excellent book, looking forward to read more by this author.

Seguiu hoje (12-12-2005) para Vega0. Obrigado Fantasma.

Journal Entry 6 by Vega0 on Wednesday, December 14, 2005
It is already here with me.

Journal Entry 7 by darjeeling on Tuesday, April 18, 2006
I’m blaming the Easter bunny for my delay on this journal entry.

Anyway it’s with me now… thank you!

2006/05/18 - sorry, sorry but I'll be needing one more month for this one ok!

Journal Entry 8 by darjeeling on Thursday, July 20, 2006
At the beginning I found myself hyper-excited with this book but, somehow, my excitement begun to fade away as the pages were passing by. Probably this was ‘cause this is not quite my kind of book. Nevertheless, I’ve found miss Thursday Next delightful.

I’m terribly sorry for my delay but, “les vacances se sont les vacances”

Thank you Fantasma for sharing another one.

Journal Entry 9 by darjeeling on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
On is way to pipmts, he goes!

Journal Entry 10 by PiPmts on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I arrived today from some holidays abroad e here it was!
I must take it with me, next week, to the Algarve!:)
Thank you Fantasma and darjeeling. I'm sorry for the late PM, but I'm on holidays...

Journal Entry 11 by PiPmts on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I loved it!

This book really asks for an open-minded and relaxed attitude that I was able to give it during my holidays!;)

I'll keep it running next week, to -BookHaven-!

[Edit 8 September] I'm sorry! I couldn't go to the post office this week, after all! I promise I am going there next Monday!

Journal Entry 12 by -BookHaven- on Thursday, September 21, 2006
it arrived sometime during this week in the mail. as i'm having some hectic times, i haven0t been daily to the postbox, so i'm only reporting its arrival today.
thank you all.
i'm afraid it'll have to go to mount tbr for the moment.

Journal Entry 13 by -BookHaven- on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
this is a cool book!
what a fun time to live in!
i really enjoyed it, with all it's puns and little tricks, specially the time trael part.

thanks for the sharing.
i've sent it to conto today.

thanks a lot for sharing.

Journal Entry 14 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, October 12, 2006
Got it! Thanks a lot -BookHaven-

I have 2 other books to go before this one, but I'll try not to stall too much.


6.11.2006 - After all, I've only been abble to start it today... hope it won't take much time.

Journal Entry 15 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I'm glad I decided to join this BookRay, no matter what! I liked it a lot and had lots of fun reading it.
It mixes up lots of things and different concepts. I guess that what I liked the most was that though with so many wonder things available like time travel, for real dodo pets (in several series) and "fiction jumping", one also gets the inexistence of planes!!! There's a funny concept...
I don't know if I'll want to read more of the same, but maybe more from the same author in a different line of writing...

Thanks a lot for this one Fantasma!

ElHurricane asked to be "pushed down" the list and I'm now waiting for a reply from oliveoyle.

23.11.2006 - Going out today, oliveoyle's way...

I'm so sorry but the line at the post-office was huge that day!... It only did go oliveoyle's way the 30th Nov.

Journal Entry 16 by oliveoyle from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Got it! Brilliant timing aswell as I'm just about to finish the one I'm reading at the moment. Thanks for sending this on, Conto. And thanks for sharing, Fantasma.

Journal Entry 17 by oliveoyle from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Wow! Loved this book! It was so funny and clever in its references to literature but also had a fabulous story that was intriguing and really kept you turning the pages to find out what happens. This has definitely inspired me to read more Jasper Fforde. Thank you so much for sharing this book, I really enjoyed it.

I'm sorry it's taken me a while to journal having read the book but Christmas got in the way of things a little and I have no access to the internet from home. But I'm back on the case now - I'm PMing the next person in the list and will send this on as soon as I've got their address.

Journal Entry 18 by oliveoyle from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Ooopps! I've just found this in my draw at work and immediately went into a panic! I did PM the next person on the list about this a while ago and either haven't heard anything or have lost her reply! I've PMed her again so I'm back on track. I'm really sorry about this.

Journal Entry 19 by oliveoyle at Post Office in By Mail, A Book Relay -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (2/7/2007 UTC) at Post Office in By Mail, A Book Relay -- Controlled Releases



The next person on the list wasn't answering their PMs, so this is on its way to to-fengari. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 20 by to-fengari from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The book arrived today and I started reading right away. Seems really interesting!

Journal Entry 21 by to-fengari from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, March 15, 2007
I thought I'd read this in just a few days, but I've been so busy I only finished it today. A nice and easy read, thoroughly enjoyable! Really looking forward to reading more Fforde!

I've contacted the next person on the list, and will be sending them the book as soon as I have their adress.

Thanks for this bookring, Fantasma!

Journal Entry 22 by to-fengari from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, March 19, 2007
The book is on its way to ElHurricane. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 23 by ElHurricane on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Arrived today.
Thanks to-fengari and Fantasma

Journal Entry 24 by ElHurricane on Thursday, July 05, 2007
Just finished it. Loved it. I'd love to have the hability to go into some books. It would be kinda magic...
Now I want to read the following book...
Thanks Fantasma.

Breeze144 have already read it. I'm waiting the response from CynthiaA.

07-07-07: CynthiaA asked to be skiped cause have already read it.
08-07-07: OneMorePage asked to be skiped cause she already have read the book.
13-07-07: As AKhena didn't asked my PM just PMed librarymousie
16-07-07: librarymousie got a copy of the book. PMing next person on the list

Journal Entry 25 by ElHurricane on Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sendig it tomorrow to LESEHEST

Journal Entry 26 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Friday, August 03, 2007
Received in the mail today. I have one and a half ring-books to finish before I get to this one, but will try not to take too long...

Thank you so much for sharing!!! :D

Journal Entry 27 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Sunday, September 02, 2007
I couldn't get into this book, so I guess I'll just send it out traveling again...

PMed jenniferwales a few times; with no response..
Tried to PM jessicaloveyou today; but it seems her PM function on the profile is gone! Strange...
I'll give it another try before I PM hshah who is next on the list.

Sept. 17: PM'd hshah for addy. Sorry for the delay
Sept. 18: hshah asked to be skipped. Will PM next on list
Sept. 22: No PM back from last one on list... I don't think I have a problem with my PM's.
Now what to do?

Journal Entry 28 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Monday, October 15, 2007
Just PM'd -Jill- for her address
Hopefully I will get the book moving very soon!!

I'm really sorry for the delay

Journal Entry 29 by LESEHEST from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This turned out to be an enjoyable read; when I got into it. I will try to get hold on the next book in the series...

Sent to -Jill-

Enjoy!! :D

Journal Entry 30 by -Jill- from Faro, Faro Portugal on Friday, November 02, 2007
The book arrived somewhere this week, with a very cute postcard from Lesehest! Thank you, I love cats and this one is really beautiful.
I'm going to read the book as soon as possible (only one to go before this one)!

Thank you Fantasma for sharing and Lesehest for sending!

Journal Entry 31 by PedroGamaVieira from Ponta Delgada (São Miguel), Açores Portugal on Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sorry, i forgot this JE. I arrived a long time ago, and has been tbr for a while, then I finnaly got to read it, and then I couldn't take the time to send it to next person.
Sorry for all this clumbsiness, Fantasma.

As to the book, I found it rather interesting! It all happens in a paralel reality, avery interesting one. And in fact that is the most amusing part of the book. The story isn´t fantastic, and it is written in a rather normal way, but you never know what will happen because it can happen almost anything! Very mind-stretching!

Really, really enjoyed it!

Thank you, Fantasma and Jill, I'll put it on the move, now.

Journal Entry 32 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, August 01, 2008
received in the mail yesterday. will be on hollidays next week, and I'm not sure I'll take it with me but I will read it as soon as I come back.

Journal Entry 33 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, August 22, 2008
That was a realy fun read, even thouh I expected a bit more, because of the reactions my friends were having to the book. I feel like I have to read Jane Eyre again and read Martin Chuzzlewitt, because I wonder about Mr Quaverley. And I loved the idea of the bookworms.
thanks for sharing, fantasma!

Journal Entry 34 by Spiegel from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil on Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I got back from vacation today and found the book waiting for me. I'll try to read it right away.

Journal Entry 35 by Spiegel from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil on Monday, February 16, 2009
I couldn't really get into this book, after a promising start. A case of great concept, poor execution.

I suppose it suffered from the hype and my preconceived ideas about the plot. All I knew was that it involved coming in and out of books, but I guess that happens more in the rest of the series, because this book is basically about Thursday trying to capture a bad guy. There's also a lot less about "Jane Eyre" than I expected. I've heard people wonder and have wondered myself if one should read "Jane Eyre" before "The Eyre Affair", but I think a knowledge of British history and Shakespeare's contemporaries would be more useful (I've no idea what to make of the numerous discussions on the authorship of the plays, for example. Were they funny or just the author showing off his research?). For the record, all I know about the Brontë novel is the ending.

I felt that the humor of the alternate reality clashed with the war angst. You can have a whacky universe where literature is more important than people or you can have PTSD dreams about people being slaughtered in the war, but having both threw me out of the story.

At first I thought it was cool that Thursday had been a soldier, that it added an extra dimension to the character, but the book couldn't leave it at that. She's a celebrity in war circles; all the activists want her to support their pet cause; random people thank her for her actions in the snafu in which she was involved. The book tries too hard to tell us that she is an impressive heroine. She is the only person who has resisted the bad guy back in college (Why? Just because). She is the only person who helps the vampire hunter dude; something I also thought was cool at first. This lasted exactly one page, because the very next one opens with him telling us in an interview that Thursday is the first person to do it, beating me over the head with how special she is and simultaneously ruining the suspense about his fate (for the same reason, I was never worried about Polly and Mycroft, two characters I actually liked).

Okay, one last complaint. Spoiler: when Thursday claims that their version of "Jane Eyre" has a weak ending, I took her word for it, not being able to read that version myself. However, I *was* able to read the summary she gives to her partner and it doesn't make any sense that *he* immediately questions the fact that Jane and Rochester split. Rochester comes across as a total creep when all you know about him is that he wanted to commit bigamy while his crazy first wife was hidden in the attic. Jane leaving the country to start a new life certainly *sounds* like a much better ending. (end spoiler).

Journal Entry 36 by Spiegel at Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil on Monday, February 16, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (2/16/2009 UTC) at Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Brazil



Sending it to lnatal in São Paulo. I hope you like it better than I did!

Journal Entry 37 by lnatal from São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil on Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sent by Spiegel, from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Is anyone else interested on this book? Please let me know in order to release it.

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