First Impression Friday- The Eyre Affair

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.

Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

27003. sy475 Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing and fun – a novel unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe.

Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. Baconians are trying to convince the world that Francis Bacon really wrote Shakespeare, there are riots between the Surrealists and Impressionists, and thousands of men are named John Milton, an homage to the real Milton and a very confusing situation for the police. Amidst all this, Acheron Hades, Third Most Wanted Man In the World, steals the original manuscript of Martin Chuzzlewit and kills a minor character, who then disappears from every volume of the novel ever printed! But that’s just a prelude . . .

Hades’ real target is the beloved Jane Eyre, and it’s not long before he plucks her from the pages of Bronte’s novel. Enter Thursday Next. She’s the Special Operative’s renowned literary detective, and she drives a Porsche. With the help of her uncle Mycroft’s Prose Portal, Thursday enters the novel to rescue Jane Eyre from this heinous act of literary homicide. It’s tricky business, all these interlopers running about Thornfield, and deceptions run rampant as their paths cross with Jane, Rochester, and Miss Fairfax. Can Thursday save Jane Eyre and Bronte’s masterpiece? And what of the Crimean War? Will it ever end? And what about those annoying black holes that pop up now and again, sucking things into time-space voids . . .

Suspenseful and outlandish, absorbing and fun, The Eyre Affair is a caper unlike any other and an introduction to the imagination of a most distinctive writer and his singular fictional universe.


I have read a few chapters of The Eyre Affair and I am so intrigued! It takes awhile to get to Jasper Fforde’s writing style and I sometimes feel like I need a thesaurus, but it is beautiful nonetheless. I am slowly getting a handle on the complexities of the world and it is so damn interesting. This is one of those books that will appeal to book lovers.

I love that there is time travel involved and that it appears as though it is set in our world but changes have been made as a result of time travel. I am not clear on that yet but it has been hinted at! Book manuscripts are considered very important and kept under high security. I am at the part where one of these important manuscripts has been stolen and the main character, Thursday, is questioning how that is possible. I can not wait to see where this story takes us!

So far, there is something about the main character that I feel like. She is a little bit negative, but in a very relatable and understandable way. I am thrilled that this is a series because I get the feeling I will want to follow more of her story.

I am waiting to see how Jane Eyre is involved- I think that is going to be super fun and original.


7 thoughts on “First Impression Friday- The Eyre Affair

  1. What a great tag, I’m going to start doing it.

    I loved this book, it was just so wonderfully absurd and perfect for bookworms. Glad your first impression is a good one!

Leave a Reply