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Thursday Next Returns

  • Mar 9, 2004
Reading a book that makes you laugh and think at the same time is an odd situation, but this book, like the first in its series, is that type of work. The author has included so many literary people, places and hints that you really have to be "up" on literature to get everything that's thrown at you. Of course, you don't have to be that erudite to enjoy the puns and the play on names that are encountered. There's a Mr. Schitt-Hawse therein, but also expendible characters known variously as Phodder, Kannon, Walken and Dedman. That's only the "tip of the iceberg", as they say. We also get very well acquainted with Miss Havisham, the Cheshire Cat, and the Red Queen, not to mention King Pellinore and the Questing Beast. A little aside about Shelley caused gales (sorry about the pun) of laughter from me. This series is quite something, and I look forward very much to following Thursday's many future (or past?) adventures.

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Someone gave me Lost/Book and I jumped into it without having read the first in the series. I have to agree with all the reviewers who rate this segment 4 or 5 stars. Part of the fun is seeing favorite characters in new settings and situations. Miss Haversham, usually interpreted as a psychological disaster, is a delight in Lost. The wit, the puns, the rapid pace all combine to make this reading a whirlwind experience. Thursday's stream of consciousness narration is entertaining, a sort of Bridget …
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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.
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ISBN-10: 0142004030
ISBN-13: 978-0142004036
Author: Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Penguin Books

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