Lost in a Good Book
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Adult/High School-In an alternate 1980s England, woolly mammoths migrate through the countryside, Tunbridge Wells has been given to Imperial Russia as Crimean War reparation, and the prevailing culture is based on literature. Due to her adventures in The Eyre Affair (Viking, 2002), newly married Thursday Next has become a media darling, but when an unknown work by Shakespeare surfaces, she is happy to be back to work. However, the megacorporation Goliath hasn't finished bedeviling her: Thursday's husband has been "time-slipped" and exists only in her memory. Further complicating matters, her Uncle Mycroft gives her an entroposcope-a jar of lentils and rice-revealing that the chaos in her life is rapidly escalating. So once again, Thursday jumps into a surreal literary world. This time, she has joined the "Jurisfiction" division and is paired with Charles Dickens's Miss Havesham, who has a penchant for leather jackets and driving recklessly. Absurd and amusing scenes take readers through discussions on theoretical physics, geometry, literature, art, and philosophy. Fforde not only tilts at ideological and insipid corporate windmills and human foibles, but can also make the naming of minor characters hilarious, as in the two unfortunate members of the dangerous SO-5 division, Phodder and Kannon. Reading this novel is like being at a fabulous party of phenomenally funny and wickedly profound guests. Teens will delight in the satire and wit.
Released 13 yrs ago (8/16/2006 UTC) at
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Mailing to Potok-fan to complete a relay offer.
Aside from that, though, it was a fun read. I'm not quite as well-read as the ideal reader for this book, but I'd recently listened to an audio version of Great Expectations, which helped a lot. (And I loved this take on Miss Haversham.) (And the "plok-plok" noise of the dodo.) (And Thursday's great idea / risk-taking in Japan.)
I think I'll take this along to our local BC meeting this week and see if anyone there would like to read this next.
Here are links to Fforde's first book, The Eyre Affair, and this one's sequel, The Well of Lost Plots. photo from BBC, 2005: Writer Jasper Fforde, who bases his Thursday Next books in Swindon, appeared at the launch of the first ever Jasper Fforde Ffestival in Swindon in his creation's car...
Link: Giz's Shiny Bookbox.
I've got "The Eyre Affair" in my TBR pile.
Will get to it soonish. Am going through a Michael Palin-phase now. Fascinating travel tales!
Thanks for a great miitti btw!
This one, on the other hand, I couldn't get a grip on at all. Dunno.. Maybe too surrealistic after all?
This book will be released at Olohuone in the beginning of June.
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Olohuone 306,4 km2 Friday 6th June 2008
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