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The Eyre Affair (2001)

de Jasper Fforde

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Sèrie: Thursday Next (1)

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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is disappointed by the ending of Jane Eyre. But in this world there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic - and a woman called Thursday Next.
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    Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë (Kerian)
    Kerian: If for some reason you read The Eyre Affair without having read Jane Eyre, I definitely recommend it. It will certainly be interesting to read and is a very good book.
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy de Douglas Adams (coliemta)
    coliemta: One's more literary and the other more science-fiction-y, but they're both bizarre, hilarious and similar in feel. Most people who like one will enjoy the other.
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    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch de Terry Pratchett (flonor)
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    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency de Douglas Adams (sanddancer)
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    To Say Nothing of the Dog de Connie Willis (simon_carr)
    simon_carr: Similar light hearted style and 'book travelling' rather than time travelling but chances are if you like one then you'll like the other.
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    Aberystwyth Mon Amour de Malcolm Pryce (ten_floors_up)
    ten_floors_up: This and the other books in the Aberystwyth series share a specifically British alternative universe, and a dollop of entertainingly twisted literary pastiche.
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    Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron de Jasper Fforde (shallihavemydwarf)
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    Libriomancer de Jim C. Hines (TomWaitsTables)
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    La ciudad de los libros soñadores de Walter Moers (ShelfMonkey)
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    Cims borrascosos de Emily Brontë (lauranav)
    lauranav: The Eyre Affair has a great scene of an anger management session in Wuthering Heights!
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    El Conte número tretze de Diane Setterfield (norabelle414)
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    Just One Damned Thing After Another de Jodi Taylor (SimoneA)
    SimoneA: While one is about travelling through time and the other about travelling through books, the atmosphere of these book (series) is very similar, with a strong female lead and a crazy set of side characters.
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    The Manual of Detection de Jedediah Berry (Katie.Loughlin)
    Katie.Loughlin: The two books have very similar flavor, but The Manual of Detection is a darker fantasy novel.
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    The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep de H. G. Parry (timtom)
    timtom: If you wish more literary characters escaped the pages of their books to mingle in our own contemporary reality, head to Wellington, New Zealand where Dickensian villains might just about destroy everything...
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    The D. Case: Or The Truth About The Mystery Of Edwin Drood de Carlo Fruttero (jonathankws)
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    Never the Bride de Paul Magrs (jonathankws)
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    Who's Afraid of Beowulf? de Tom Holt (Dr.Science)
    Dr.Science: The English author Tom Holt is relatively unknown in America, but very popular in England. If you enjoy Jasper Fforde or Christopher Moore you will most certainly enjoy Tom Holt's wry sense of English humor and the absurd. He has written a number of excellent books but they will be difficult to find at your library.… (més)

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Oh I want to like this book so much more than I actually like this book! It’s so clever and has so many elements that I enjoy, but I just found the story too dense and hard to follow. ( )
  Amzzz | May 31, 2022 |
Oh how to review this? [return][return]Tuesday Next lives in the alternative version of Swindon, with her parents (her father is a Time Agent so keeps popping up at various ages at various points in her life) and her pet dodo.[return][return]She becomes a "literary agent" - which is not what it sounds. It means there are books (those that already exist, those that could have existed but dont and those that will exist), and it's her job to keep things straight and true to form. In this story, someone is trying to change the story of "Jane Eyre" and so Tuesday needs to go in and sort it out. [return][return]It's useful to have a resonable knowledge of literature - not just Jane Eyre - but you dont have to know all the stories brilliantly to understand what's going on. (e.g. in a later book there is mass confusion - even between the characters themselves - when a bunch of Russian characters from Tolstoy turn up. You dont need to know Tolstoy, just that everyone has at least 3 different names and it's very hard to keep track of who is who).
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
review of
Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - November 11-13, 2018

I read Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book in August of 2017. I concluded my review of that ( "Mr. & Mrs. Friday Next": https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/579876-mr-mrs-friday-next ) w/ "I enjoyed the shit out of this bk." & I did. Do&es that make me a sodomizing enema instead of a critic?

Starting off that review by comparing Lost in a Good Book w/ other bks in a genre of literary rewrites, I stated that: "Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book has enlivened this genre considerably by not being quite in it but still relying on & playing off of pre-existing literature. Fforde manages to up the ante considerably, though, & to make this a much more fun read by justifying the references by having a detective who actually somehow goes into the bks where the characters live & by having this cross-over between the fi&ction of the novel (posing as the 'real world') & the pre-existing fictions be all a part of a meta-narrative."

SO, I was enthusiastic. SO, why did I wait 14 mnths before I read something else by him? Well, mainly b/c I didn't find anything by him in my favorite used bookstore (Caliban) — it wasn't until I went to a different used bookstore that I found a slew of Fforde bks but they were priced a little too high for my 'budget' (anything over the height of a grasshopper). BUT, I 'have to admit', there's another reason: Fforde is such a readable p'op writer that I feel a little too unchallenged. It's actually somewhat amazing how good he is at what he does.. — it doesn't really challenge me to think, but it engrosses me in the tale. I imagine the Harry Potter stories wd do the same. I haven't read those yet & may never. I tend to like the writers who're trying to come to grips w/ their extensive experience of the world & who engross the reader in that process rather than just people who spin an excellent yarn, as Fforde very commendably does. SO, I like William S. Burroughs & Mack Reynolds more than I lik&e Fforde. Reading Fforde makes me feel like I'm 'escaping' a little bit too much, doncha know?!

The Eyre Affair was Fforde's 1'st novel & the predecessor to Lost in a Good Book. For a 1st novel it's more than a little PDG (Pretty Damn Good). He's clever.. veeerrrryyyyy clever. The New York Times Book Review is quoted as saying ""Jasper Fforde's first novel, The Eyre Affair, is a spirited sendup of genre fiction—it's part hard-boiled mystery, part time-machine caper["]". It occurs to me that something that's "part hard-boiled mystery" is something that won't pack the punch that hard-boiled mystery enthusiasts might read the stuff for — in other words, the "hard-boiled" part becomes too ameliorated & the immersion in fictional danger & sleaze no longer works.

"Thursday Next", the main character of this nov&el & its sequel, has her job introduced:

"I wasn't a member of the ChronoGuard. I never wanted to be. By all acounts it's not a huge barrel of laughs, although the pay is good and the service boasts a retirement plan that is second to none: a one-way ticket to anywhere & anywhen you want. No, that wasn't for me. I was what we called an "operative grade I" for SO-27, the Literary Det'e&ctive Division of the Special Operations Network based in London. It's way less flash than it sounds." - p 2

One of Fforde's strategies for telling the reader that this is an alternate 'reality' is to present 'news' in the narration that the reader 'knows' didn't happen in their own timeline:

""This is the midday news on Monday, May 6, 1985, and this is Alexandra Belfridge reading it. The Crimean Penisula," she announced, "has again come under scrutinty this week as the United Nations passed resolution PN17296, insisting that England and the Imperial Russian Government open negotiations concerning sovereignty. As the Crimean War enters its one hundred and thirty-first year, pressure groups both at home and abroad are pushing for a peaceful end in hostilities."" - p 7

Note that it's "the Imperial Russian Government" & NOT the U.S.S.R. — telling the reader that the Russian Revolution didn't happen in this timeline. I know nothing about the actual Crimean War that this is implied to've been a continuation of so I did a little research:

"Crimean War, (October 1853–February 1856), war fought mainly on the Crimean Peninsula between the Russians and the British, French, and Ottoman Turkish, with support from January 1855 by the army of Sardinia-Piedmont. The war arose from the conflict of great powers in the Middle East and was more directly caused by Russian demands to exercise protection over the Orthodox subjects of the Ottoman sultan. Another major factor was the dis&pute between Russia and France over the privileges of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches in the holy places in Palestine." - https://www.britannica.com/event/Crimean-War

"In Britain, the Crimean War is principally remembered for three reasons: the Charge of the Light Brigade, maladministration in the British army, and Florence Nightingale. However, this war, fought by an alliance of Britain, France, Turkey and Sardinia against Russia, is far more complex.

"Many wars have been fought on the grounds of the strategic importance of a region; many wars have been fought over religious differences. The Crimean War was the result of both factors." - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/battles/crimea/

You get the idea. These religious wars in the Middle East are practically a permanent thing. I wonder if making ChristInanity & IsDum illegal wd help?

One of the primary c'harms of The Eyre Affair & other bks of Fforde's is the way he takes characters from other people's fiction & incorporates them in his own as if there's a world where all such things interpenetrate:

""A passerby attended to you before the medics arrived; the wound in your arm was plugged and they wrapped you in their coat to keep you warm. Without their intervention you might well have bled to death."

"Intrigued, I opened the package. Firstly, there was a handkerchief that despite several washings still bore the stains of my own blood. There was an embroidered monogram in the corner that read EFR. Secondly the parcel contained a jacket, a sort of casual evening coat that might have been very popular in the middle of the last century. I searched the pockets and found a bill from a milliner. It was made out to one Edward Fairfax Rochester, Esq., and was dated 1833. I sat down heavily on the bed and stared at the two articles of clothing a&n'd the bill. Ordinarily, I would not have believed that Rochester could have torn himself from the pages of Jane Eyre and come to my aid that night; such a thing is, of course, quite impossible." - p 62

I suppose the Next step is for someone other than Fforde to write a novel in wch characters from this novel bleed thru. Is that what this review is? That's a Novel idea. What's not novel is corporations having political power. It's always nice to see it criticized:

"The Goliath Corporation had honorary me&mbers in both houses and financial advisors at the Treasury. The judiciary was well represented with Goliath people on the selection panel for High Court judges, and most major universities had a Goliath overseer living within the faculty. No one ever noticed how much they influenced the running of the country, which perhaps shows how good at it they were. Yet for all Goliath's outward benevolence, there were murmurs of dissent over the Corporation's continued privilege." - p 73

Dodos, brought back to life by cloning DNA, are pets:

"They all wanted to be made a fuss of after that, so I stayed awhile and tickled them under their chins as they searched my pockets inquisitively for any sign of marshmallows, something that dodos find particularly irresistible." - p 91

Wdn't it be nice if the dodo, & all other extinct creatures, were still alive?

"The evidence that the dodo bird (Raphus Cucullatus), extinct since 1681, could be alive is not quite as solid but still interesting. A night vision video recently uploaded to the Internet shows what appears to be a live dodo walking past an iguana. The big bird cer'tainly resembles the paintings and models we’ve seen of the dodo. It’s hard to tell what the bird under the log is." - https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/03/extinct-bird-found-alive-and-the-dodo-may...

Well, ok, I wdn't like it if every time I stepped out of my house I had to fend off a raptor. Still, a Raptor Burger chain has a special appeal for me as a carnivor&e. & what about brontosaurus brain paste for that morning toast spread? Taking the miniature stegosarus out for a walk before work?

""Hang on. Tuesday's not very good after all."

""Why not? It was fine three seconds ago. Has your dad been around again?"

""No, I just have a lot of things that I have to do and Pickwick needs kenneling and I have to pick him up at the station as airships make him nervous. You re&member the time we took hi'm to Mull and he vomited all over the steward?"

"I checked myself. I was starting to blabber like an idiot.

""And don't tell me," added Landon, "you have to wash your hair?"" - p 117

I can relate. That must be a well-known & com'monly used way of blowing off another person b/c it happened to me when I was a teenager. Even at that tender unexperienced age I realized that I was getting the Don't-call-me-I'll-call-you brush-off. I had to comb the world for better friends. I eventually became the King of Scurf. They knew me everywhere. Remember, this is an alternate timeline, a timeline where Surrealism has only recently been legalized.

""Home news now, and violence flared again in Chichester as a group of neosurrealists gathered to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the legalization of surrealism." - p120

Absurd? I mu&ch prefer it to rival football club riots. "He opened the door to another side office. A pair of identical twins were operating a large computing engine. The room was uncomfortably hot from the thousands of valves, and the clicking of relays was almost deafening. This was the only piece of modern technology that I had seen so far in the office." (p 133) See what I mean? If you gave the Turing Test to those football fans the heat from their valves wd be unbearable & their clicking relays wd be deafening but you still wdn't conclude they were human. At least in Fforde's alternative timeline culture is taken seriously.

""I can see Swindon involved in similar disturbances before long. The art college nearly had a riot on its hands last year when the governors dismissed a lecturer who had been secretly engaging students to embrace abstract expressionism. They wanted him charged under the Interpretation of the Visual Medium Act. He fled to Russia, I think."" - p 135

A Literary Detec&tive can get into what happened to characters suspiciously missing from literature. Here's an example:

""Did you ever read The Taming of the Shrew?"

""Of course."

""Well, you know the drunken tinker in the introduction who is made to think he is a lord, and whom they put the play on for?"

""Sure," I replied. "His name was Christopher Sly. He has a few lines at the end of act one and that is the last we hear of him . . ."

"My voice trailed off.

""Exactly," said Victor. "Six years ago an uneducated drunk who spoke only Elizabethan English was found wandering in a confused state just outside Warwick. He said that his name was Christopher Sly, demanded a drink and was very keen to see how the play turned out.["]" - pp 205-206

N&ow, I've witnessed a movie of the play, wch I barely remember, but I've never read the play itself. This cd be part of Fforde's alternate timeline. I do have a copy of the play so I've decided to check it to see if there's really a character named "Christopher Sly".

There IS such a character but he doesn't appear to have any lines at the end of Act One. He's only in the Introduction where he has the following dialog with one Next:

"Sly. Madam wife, they say that I have
And slept above some fiftee'n years or more.
"Next. Ay, and the time seems thirty unto me,
Being all this time abandoned from your bed.
"Sly. 'Tis much.—Servants, leave me and her alone.—
Madam, undress you, and come now to bed.
Next. Thrice noble lord, let me entreat of you.
To pardon me for yet a night or two:
Or, if not so, until the sun be set:
For your physicians have expressly charg'd,
In peril to incur your former malady,
That I should yet absent me from your bed:
I hope this reason stands for my excuse."

""And don't tell me," adde&d Landon, "you have to wash your hair?""

Oh, Thursday, a mnth of Sundays cdn't make you slyer — but you'll br hard put to catch up to the logic of the weapons industry:

""Brave speech but spare me the moralizing, Next. If you want your fridge-freezer and your car and a nice house and asphalt on the roads and a health service, then thank the weapons business. Thank the war economy that drives us to this and thank Goliath. The Crimea is good, Thursday—good for England and especially good for the economy. You deride the weapons business but without it we'd be a tenth-rate country struggling to maintain a standard of living anywhere near that of our European neighbors. Would you prefer that?"

""At least o'ur conscience would be clear."

""Naive, Next, very naive."" - pp 212-213

N&ow, now, Next, I'm disappointed in you. Surely there're some flaws in the pro-weapons-business argument! What about proposing an economy based on truly affordable health care (not the fraud currently offered in the US's current timeline) that's made available to other countries in lieu of invading them? Something that might make people want a country to thrive? No doubt there are many profiteering creeps who wd declare such a possibility 'naive' — but is it any more naive than thinking that the US is going to subdue the Afghani people & convert them to 'Western' ways?

"A quick search revealed eighty-four towns and villages in Wales named Penderyn. There were twice as many streets and the same number again of pubs, clubs and associations. It wasn't surprising there were so many; Dic Penderyn had been executed in 1831 for wounding a soldier during the Merthyr riots—he was innocent and so became the first martyr of th'e Welsh rising and something of a figurehead for the republican struggle." - p 257

Naturally, I had to research that. 8 of the 1st 9 results from a Google search for "penderyn wales" were for a whisky distillery. That seems a bit of a shame to me, doncha know?! The 5th entry says this:

"Penderyn is a r&ural village in Cynon Valley, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales. It is located near Hirwaun. Its origins and expansion begun as an agricultural market village, which supplied the ever growing needs of the nearby local Market Town of Aberdare, situated in the Cynon Valley in the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales

"It lies on the A4059 road between Hirwaun and Brecon and is the last settlement on that road in the county of Rhondda Cynon Taf before the border with Powys to the north. The village sits just within the southern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park. T'he River Cynon passes through the area.

"It is the home of Penderyn Whisky, produced by the Penderyn Distillery (formerly the Welsh Whisky Company (Y Cwmni Wisgi Cymreig)). The award-winning single malt whisky is the only whisky distilled in Wales, launched in 2004 after an absence of whisky distilling in Wales for more than 100 years."

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penderyn,_Rhondda_Cynon_Taf

"A quick search" DID NOT RE&VEAL "eighty-four towns and villages in Wales named Penderyn." Perhaps that's a part of Fforde's alternative timeline. I DID find entries for Dic Penderyn:

"On 30th May 1831, a public meeting on the subject of Parliamentary reform was held at Twyn-y-Waun common. After a while the political agenda was forgotten and the meeting began to discuss the grievances caused by the Court of Requests - a court for the recovery of small debts. Later, while part of the crowd marched to Aberdare t'o seek support from their fellow workers, the rest - mostly women and young unemployed men and boys - paraded through Merthyr, forcibly repossessing goods seized by the bailiffs and sold to cover their owners' debts.

"There was no police force in 1831, and so soldiers were sent for to control the rioters (the Aberdare marchers had gone back to work). Finally, on the morning of Friday June 3rd, soldier&s and the crowd confronted each other outside the Castle Inn.

"The crowd attacked the soldiers, who fired and killed at least sixteen people, and for the next few days Merthyr was in a state of siege. Eventually the authorities gained control and began to arrest the supposed ringleaders, including Dic Penderyn. He and another man, Lewis Lewis, were tried in Cardiff a month later on a charge of stabbing (not killing) a soldier named Donald Black. Black did not identify either Penderyn or Lewis, but they were found guilty and sentenced to death."

- http://www.digitaldesk.org/external/penderyn/index.htm

If you find it hard to keep track of what day it is, imagine being a ti&me traveler of a more flexible sort:

"I looked at Bowden. There was only one question we wanted to ask.

""How long have we been gone?"

""The year is now 2016," said Rutter. "You've been gone thirty-one years!!"" - p 285

I don't mean to quibble but as of the time I copied that last section out of u>The Eyre Affair it's November 13, 2018. I don't know if that makes any difference.

"He patted the large book that was the Prose Portal and looked at Mycroft's genetically engineered bookworms. They were on rest and recuperation at present in their goldfish bowl; they had just digested a recent meal of prepositions and were happily farting out apostrophes and ampersands; the air was heavy with th'em&." - p 312

SO, if you were wondering why things sp&ell'ed so bad in this review you know why no&w.

"["]Time is out of joint; O curse&d spite, that ever I was born to set it rig'ht!"

""You put that in?" I asked, always assuming he was quoting from Hamlet and n'ot the other way round.

"He smiled."

""A small personal vanity that I'm sure will be forgiven, Thursday. Besides: Who's to k'n&ow?"" - p 370

Yet another reason to be a critical reader. Ya never know who might be creeping around from text to text. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3807877.html

I had read this ages ago, probably soon after it came out in 2001 (and before I started bookblogging in late 2003). It didn't hold up quite as well as I had hoped. It's still funny to have an alternate version of England where literature is to an extent real, and people are annoyed by the way Jane Eyre ends with the title character going to India with her cousin, with lots of throwaway lines about culture and memory in Fforde's parallel world. But (not Fforde's fault) war in the Crimea is a lot less funny now than it was then; and (more his fault) the book now seems very white and the humour a bit more laboured in general. So I'm revising my opinion of it downwards, alas. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 11, 2021 |
Besotted! ( )
  bardbooks | Nov 11, 2021 |
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Fforde wears the marks of his literary forebears proudly on his sleeve, from Lewis Carroll and Wodehouse to Douglas Adams and Monty Python, in both inventiveness and sense of fun.
afegit per Katya0133 | editaYale Review, David Galef (Oct 1, 2008)
 
Fforde delivers almost every sentence with a sly wink, and he's got an easy way with wordplay, trivia and inside jokes. ''The Eyre Affair'' can be too clever by half, and fiction like this is certainly an acquired taste, but Fforde's verve is rarely less than infectious.
 
A good editor might have trimmed away some of the annoying padding of this novel and helped the author to assimilate his heavy borrowings from other artists, but no matter: by the end of the novel, Mr. Fforde has, however belatedly, found his own exuberant voice.
 
THE EYRE AFFAIR is mostly a collection of jokes, conceits and puzzles. It's smart, frisky and sheer catnip for former English majors....And some of the jokes are clever indeed.
afegit per Shortride | editaSalon, Laura Miller (Jan 24, 2002)
 
Dark, funny, complex, and inventive, THE EYRE AFFAIR is a breath of fresh air and easily one of the strongest debuts in years.
afegit per jburlinson | editaLocus, Jonathan Strahan (Aug 1, 2001)
 

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There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is disappointed by the ending of Jane Eyre. But in this world there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic - and a woman called Thursday Next.

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