Monday, July 31, 2006

The Well of Lost Plots

My 2nd foray into Jasper Fforde's insanely delightful, imaginative book world ended up being the 3rd book in the series. (The 2nd book wasn't among the $5.99 bargains at Benjamin Books, but the 3rd and the 4th ones were.)

Grown at least slightly accustomed to the bizarre-ness of Fforde's fiction, I was worried that this book would be slightly boring, or simply old tricks beneath a new cover. Happily, this is not true!

The Well of Lost Plots combines a plethora of English Lit. classics, including:
  • Macbeth
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Great Expectations
  • The Mill on the Floss
It also combines a plethora of characters from literature:
  • Sir John Falstaff
  • Ms. Havisham
  • Mr. Toad (from Wind and the Willows)
  • Beatrice and Benedict

I am going to start recommending that every English Lit. grad add the Jasper Fforde series to their post-grad reading list as a means of entertaining --"silly reading for smart people" as the back cover review puts it.

3.5 / 5 stars for this lovely book.

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