The Well Of Lost Plots: Thursday Next Book 3 (Anglais) Poche – 19 janvier 2004
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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)
This year's grown-up JK Rowling (Sunday Times on Lost in a Good Book)
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is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'.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'.
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In short, this is engross, original, funny, tawdry, interesting, thought provoking,just plain fun. I'm even getting a better understanding of the British and will likely crack open some Bronte in the near future.
Whenever Thursday is asking how things are going for her, her answer usually sums up her activity quite well. The responses she receives from her summations are usually droll -- witness this exchange with the Cat formerly known as Cheshire, who asks her, "How are you getting along?"
[page 71] "I'm not sure," I replied. "I was attacked by grammasites, threatened by Big Martin's friends and a Thraal. I've got two Generics billeted with me, the characters in Caversham Heights think I can save their book and right now I have to give the Minotaur his breakfast." "Nothing remarkable there. Anything else?"
Thus demonstrated, it leaves me only to say that nothing remarkable happens in this book. Actually most of the remarkable action happens in "Caversham Heights" where Thursday Next is thought to be an Outlander by the characters of the BookWorld. What a surprise they have coming to them when Hollywood makes a movie of them and they become movie stars with the same status as Thursday!
Enough of this frivolity, let's open the book and get lost in the frivolity of The Well of Lost Plots with Thursday. Will she pass her Jurisfiction Agent test and practicum? Will she save the world of reading from being the stage for recycled (Can you say stolen?) ideas for the fun and profit of Text Grand Central and the mega-business which controls the BookWorld?
Just remember this: to BookWorlders, you are an Outlander, and as such you are entitled by your own birthright to outlandish ideas, no matter how mundane you otherwise consider your ideas or lack of them to be. So, buy a copy of this book, beginning reading, and enter the very world which will consider you as Outlandish! Still don't feel outlandish enough to tackle the book, read my frivolous review. Caution: it may change your mind about the propriety or advisability of being outlandish.
After all the entire population of BookWorld already considers you to be outlandish.
The remainder of my review can be found via DIGESTWORLD ISSUE#06c. Bobby Matherne
"The Well of Lost Plots" (TWoLP) is one of my favorite installments in Fforde's Thursday Next series. The Well is set in the BookWorld, the alternate universe where stories live and fuel our reading experiences. This novel is fun, smart, smarta**, and heartfelt. If you love books and are widely read, you will particularly enjoy the heroine Thursday's interaction with so-called fictional characters. They seem very alive, here.
TWoLP can be read alone, although reading it in order with the other Tuesday Next books certainly adds depth and insight to your journey with Fforde. Jasper Fforde has other series running, including Nursery Crime which spins off most particularly from TWoLP.
This one didn't tickle my fancy anywhere near as much as the previous Thursday Next novels. I love the witty literary references and the madcap ridiculousness of the alternate world of Reading but this one wasn't a racy read.
Maybe because the action took place in Bookworld (working for Jurisfiction) and was more about text and grammar (beware of attacking grammasites) and punctation (who stole all the punctuation from Ulysses) and spelling (with the misspeling vyrus) it all became a bit overloaded.
Buuuuut ... I'll be ready (sometime) for another in the series just because Fforde has a wonderful way with puns and word play and are so imaginative. (#4 "Something Rotten" ... hmmm not sure how much I'm into Shakespeare?!)
Loved the bit where the rabbits fro Watership Down have overbred ... but Lenny likes to come and visit them.