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Revue de presse

Jasper Fforde has gone where no other fictioneer has gone before. Millions of readers now follow ... Thank you, Jasper (John Sutherland, Guardian)

A born wordsmith of effervescent imagination (Christina Hardyment, Independent)

[Fforde's] brand of inspired lunacy truly stands on its own ... this new book completes his creation of a world of true literary comic genius (Sunday Express on The Well of Lost Plots)

The third of this cult series sees Jasper Fforde hitting his stride ... should be a joy to anyone who loves reading (Time Out on The Well of Lost Plots)

An immensely enjoyable, almost compulsive experience (New York Times on Lost in a Good Book)

Douglas Adams would be proud (Scotsman on Lost in a Good Book)

Don't ask, just read it. Fforde is a true original (Sunday Express on Lost in a Good Book)

This year's grown-up JK Rowling (Sunday Times)

The Eyre Affair is a silly book for smart people; postmodernism played as raw, howling farce (Independent)

It is always a privilege to watch the birth of a cult, and Hodder has just cut the umbilical cord ... There are shades of Douglas Adams, Lewis Carroll, 'Clockwork Orange' and '1984'. And that's just for starters (Time Out, on 'The Eyre Affair')

Ingenious - I'll watch Jasper Fforde nervously (Terry Pratchett on The Eyre Affair)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409. But something is rotten in the state of Jurisfiction. Perkins is 'accidentally' eaten by the minotaur, and Snell succumbs to the Mispeling Vyrus. As a shadow looms over popular fiction, Thursday must keep her wits about her and discover not only what is going on, but also who she can trust to tell about it ...

With grammasites, holesmiths, trainee characters, pagerunners, baby dodos and an adopted home scheduled for demolition, 'The Well of Lost Plots' is at once an addictively exciting adventure and an insight into how books are made, who makes them - and why there is no singular for 'scampi'.

Détails sur le produit

  • Poche: 384 pages
  • Editeur : Hodder Paperbacks; Édition : n.e. (19 janvier 2004)
  • Collection : Thursday Next
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0340825936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340825938
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,1 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
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Par Geffroy le 1 mars 2009
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J'adore l'humour de livres de Jasper Fforde. L'univers dans lequel évolue les personnages est très drôle et à la fois instructif puisce qu'il nous fait découvrir des classiques de la littérature anglaise.
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Par zazou le 27 juillet 2009
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Comme d'habitude, Jasper Fforde fait rire, tient en haleine , Bref distrayant du début à la fin.
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"Crack it open and, pow, the story goes off at a tangent." 20 avril 2004
Par Mary Whipple - Publié sur
Format: Relié
In his previous two novels, Fforde created a wacky, fictional universe in which "real world" characters could transport themselves into books, associate with the characters there, turn back the clock, and even change the endings. Heroine Thursday Next, has saved Jane Eyre from disaster, imprisoned Jack Schitt in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," and ended the Crimean War, but she has also made enemies of some powerful criminals, one of whom has gone back in time and killed off her husband when he was just a small child. Now, pregnant, she is the only person who can remember him as an adult, and her memory is failing. Anxious for a rest, she decides to go with her dodo Pickwick to visit the Well of Lost Plots, where all book characters, plots, and settings reside until they are chosen for novels.
In this most literary of Fforde's three novels, Thursday is an apprentice agent-in-training for JurisFiction, the policing agency that works inside books, her mentor and guide being Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Living inside an unpublished crime thriller, Thursday explores the Great Library, where the Cheshire Cat is librarian, sees the workshop for backstories (some used, some not), meets generic characters ("human canvases without paint") and "orals" (nursery rhyme characters), tours available settings (high-capped mountains, arched stone bridges, ruined castles), and watches as Miss Havisham joyrides in "Chitty Bang Bang." Holesmiths work there fixing holes in narratives, grammatacists try to prevent grammacites (gerunds) and mispeling vyruses from infecting novels, and pace-setters, moodmongers, and plot speculators work on new creations.
As the Well considers installing the UltraWord operating system, which will expand the basic eight-plot architecture into thirty-two plots, Thursday tries to preserve the memory of Landen, fight against her enemies, and win her trial for a fiction infraction. Fforde pulls out all the stops here, creating a carnival ride through books and the creative process with surprises and delights on every page. Less plot-driven than the previous novels, this novel is episodic, with scenes ranging from a Star Wars-type bar scene to a group counseling session for the characters in Wuthering Heights. While Thursday's exact role is not always clear, Fforde's ability to free the reader's imagination and keep him/her involved in the literary world with its infinite possibilities is daunting. Full of satire, parody, puns, literary jokes, and word play, this latest in the Thursday Next series provides hours of entertainment for anyone interested in books and how they "work." Mary Whipple
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Hilarious Send-Up of Literature and Writing 18 juillet 2004
Par Debbie Lee Wesselmann - Publié sur
Format: Relié
From the first chapter of Jasper Fforde's third novel, you can tell that the author had a blast writing this satiric mystery that explores the creation of fiction. Thursday Next - pregnant by her eradicated husband, haunted by a Hades sister intent on destroying her memory, and a Jurisfiction apprentice to none other than Miss Havisham of Dickens fame - takes refuge in a poorly written and unpublished crime novel called Caversham Heights. Thursday expects to rest there until the birth of her child, but she and Miss Havisham discover that the death of another agent by a Minotaur attack might not be the accident it seems. Meanwhile, nursery rhyme characters threaten a strike for not being treated like other fictional characters, two generic characters living with Thursday begin to become more well-rounded, and Thursday tries to save Caversham Heights from being destroyed by the Council of Genres for being so hopelessly bad.
The more you know about literature, the more hilarious you'll find this fantasy. Characters are being manufactured in record numbers because Vikram Seth is planning a new novel, and no one wants a return to minimalism simply because of a character shortage. Heathcliff, Catherine, and the rest of the characters from Wuthering Heights attend anger management classes, and Mr. Toad is relentless in his competition with Miss Havisham for the fastest driver in both the Book World and the Outland. And if you're interesting in writing, you'll gain tips for keeping your novel out of the Text Sea, as Fforde pokes fun at hackneyed writing and incomplete character development.
Because this is my first Fforde novel, I started reading this without any knowledge of what has happened previously in the series, but the author provides enough of a synopsis in the beginning to give a new reader the proper bearings. Despite this, there remains a disjointedness at times as so much satire is pumped into the book that does little to advance the plot. Sometimes Thursday seems to be there purely as a straight man, raising the question that perhaps Fforde should have heeded some of his own lessons in fiction writing. Fortunately, these lapses are few and don't hinder the enjoyment of the novel as a whole. This relatively long novel is not demanding and can be read more quickly than the page count might indicate.
As a literary joke, The Well of Lost Plots is a triumph. As a mystery/fantasy, it is less successful. Readers will nonetheless delight in Fforde's imagination as he takes them through the land of the unpublished and the more solid, though more turbulent, ground of the classics.
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Another Fforde Masterpiece! 23 mai 2004
Par Gypsi Phillips Bates - Publié sur
Format: Relié
(Warning: Reading this book without having read the first two is extremely hazardous to mental health!)
Thursday Next is back! Hoorah! Being in grave danger from the Hades girl and having been unsuccessful in the recovery of her eradicated husband, she has left the real world (a/k/a the Outland) to spend her gestation period in the Book World. Thanks to her position as Jurisfiction apprentice, she takes advantage of the "character exchange program" to hide out in Caversham Heights (a not-very-good, detective novel that is still under construction in the Well). Thursday mistakenly assumes that this will give her a peaceful year in which to be pregnant, have the child of a man that never existed, and decide just how to get that man's existence back.
Jurisfiction (the policing agency of the fiction world) turns out to be much more exciting than anticipated, what with the Pro Catherine faction trying to kill Heathcliff, the Minotaur disappearing and something odd and dangerous going on with the new UltraWord testings--not to mention the everyday adventures of training under Miss Havisham!
On top of that, she's billeting two Generics in her home, attempting to defeat a memory thief, studying for her Jurisfiction exam, having morning sickness, presenting the Bookie for "Best Chapter Opening in the English Language" and giving advice to a lady gorilla.
Sure, the storyline's a bit unbelievable, there's a lot to keep up with, and I didn't always get the jokes, but all in all The Well of Lost Plots is another gem! Fforde keeps the funnies coming so fast, it's hard to breathe in between them. His Douglas Adams-esq humor, literary jokes and just darn good writing skills make this an A-1 book! But remember, you MUST read The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book before attempting this one. If you ignore this warning, it'll be like reading Macbeth for Yeast* and not at all the pleasant experience it was for me.
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excerpt from Macbeth for Yeast, translated by ..//// ..///..
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"Anything is possible in the BookWorld." 5 mars 2004
Par E. Bukowsky - Publié sur
Format: Relié
"The Well of Lost Plots," by Jasper Fforde, is the third in a series of books about literature come to life. The lead character is a young woman named Thursday Next, who has been through some harrowing adventures that culminated in the eradication of her beloved husband. She is pregnant and needs some time to regain her peace of mind. Surely, the place to relax is "The Well of Lost Plots," which consists mostly of unpublished books that will never make it into print. Thursday takes up residence in a badly written and boring crime thriller named "Caversham Heights," a book that is generally considered to be beyond repair.

Alas, Thursday is unable to enjoy her newfound serenity for long. She needs to study for her Jurisfiction Entrance Exam, and it is a tough test. Jurisfiction is a policing agency that works inside books to uphold their integrity. Thursday is studying under the guidance of her strict but kind mentor, Miss Havisham. When a murderer begins to knock off members of Jurisfiction, both Thursday and Miss Havisham risk their lives to apprehend the perpetrator and bring order back to the world of reading.

Fforde has created a new and imaginative universe called the BookWorld, a place that is filled with a whole host of interestingly named curiosities. For example, there are "TravelBooks" that enable Jurisfiction agents to move smoothly and quickly from one book to another, and "generics," creatures that are created with no personalities and no history, who will eventually be fleshed out so that they can become characters in books.

"The Well of Lost Plots" is a bibliophile's delight, with its cunning and satirical allusions to such classic works as "Anna Karenina," "Lord Jim," "Gulliver's Travels," and "Moby Dick." Fforde is both paying homage to and making fun of these great works, and his humor and wit are a joy for anyone who loves the written word. Thursday is an amiable character and her adventures are engaging and lighthearted fun.

On the downside, "The Well of Lost Plots" is too long. It slows down considerably in the middle, and I had to struggle to make my way to the end of the book. This novel would have been much more readable had the author pared the narrative down to its essentials and not padded the story with so many characters and subplots. Still, I tip my hat to Jasper Fforde for creating a delightful, inventive, and clever series.
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The Write Stuff 4 août 2006
Par Mr. Joe - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
As previously encountered in Jasper Fforde's first two installments in the Next series (THE EYRE AFFAIR and LOST IN A GOOD BOOK), the real world "now" is England of 1985, where dodo birds are kept as pets, a special police unit drives stakes through vampires' hearts, Tunbridge Wells has been ceded to Russia in war reparations, London to Sydney travel time is 40 minutes by Gravitube through the Earth's center, air travel is by lighter-than-air airship, cheese is contraband, there's a duty on custard, Homo sapiens neanderthalensis has been recreated from recovered DNA and now provides society with its minimum-wage untermenschen, time travel is a reality, and 249 wooly mammoths in nine herds migrate back and forth across Britain. The heroine of the series is Thursday Next, a Literary Detective in department 27 of SpecOps, the national law enforcement megaforce. The mission of SO-27, among other things, is to validate the authenticity of recently discovered works by dead authors. By the end of LOST IN A GOOD BOOK, Next, pursued by the evil mega-corporation Goliath, temporarily flees into BookWorld, a sort of parallel universe where the volumes that humans read in the "now" are created. There, she volunteers for Jurisfiction, a policing agency that labors literally inside fictional works to keep plots, grammar and characters from spinning out of control. If you loved Alice's Wonderland, you'll be entranced by BookWorld.

THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS evolves almost entirely within BookWorld and within books themselves, which can be entered by Jurisfiction agents pretty much as the characters in the film MARY POPPINS popped in and out of chalk pavement pictures. Bookworld is an enthralling achievement of the author's imagination, but is too complex a place to describe fully in any brief synopsis. A few descriptive snapshots must suffice:

1. Literary characters become flesh and blood in BookWorld, e.g., Miss Havisham of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, who acts as Thursday's mentor and, at one point, is assigned the duty of chairing the ongoing rage-counseling sessions for the characters of WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

2. The HQ of Jurisfiction is the unused ballroom of Norland Park, the Dashwood house in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY.

3. The characters (Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-peep, the Butcher, Baker & Candlestick Maker, the Three Blind Mice, etc.) of Oral Traditions, i.e. nursery rhymes, have unionized and are threatening a 48-hour strike.

4. A book is constructed by artisans - wordsmiths, holesmiths, echolocators - and many of its component parts - plot devices, chapter endings, back(ground)stories, descriptive devices for marking time's passage - are available from vendors. Conversely, other life forms- grammasites, bookworms, mispeling vyruses, punctusauroids, scene stealers, PageRunners, inside traders - disrupt plot and grammar cohesion and are the quarry of Jurisfiction.

5. The twenty-six above-ground floors of the Great Library contain all books ever published; the twenty-six below-ground levels of THE WELL OF LOST PLOTS store all still in progress or the ones completed but never published.

6. A Storycode Engine is the imaginotransference machine that transmits books in the Great Library to its readers in Outland.

This novel incorporates both a murder mystery and its underlying grand conspiracy, but you, the reader, will be so absorbed in the marvelously imaginative construct of BookWorld that you may not notice until the story's final third. And by the conclusion, you'll agree with the Great Panjandrum who observes that Thursday Next "has The Write Stuff".

Fforde, via story elements and his characters' dialogue, doesn't pass up the opportunity to take a few mild swipes at the current state of literary fiction, which is bedeviled by recycled plots and the rarity of One Original Idea. Perhaps, with the Next series, Jasper shows us what's possible.
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