Lest you think we’re total nerds here at A Classic Case of Madness, I thought I should clear up a little rumor: We do read things other than the classics. Just this year I read Death at Pemberly and The Eyre Affair.
Fine, whatever. We’re nerds. I own it.
Our good friend Norma, you’ve read her intelligent comments I’m sure, gave me this wonderful mystery by P.D. James as a Christmas present to share with our “classy friends.”
The novel is set at Pemberly, (duh), after Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage. I don’t want to give too much away, but, there is a murder. Don’t worry, all the Bennet girls are fine.
If you like mysteries, and you want to test your ideas of life after P&P against this wise, aged author’s, then you should give it a read. Seriously, P.D. James is 91 years old and still writing novels. If nothing else, you should read it to remind yourself that you are not too old to do anything.
The Eyre Affair is a book I picked up on the handy-dandy display of adult books that our local library sets out in the kid’s area for those of us stroller-tied to the bottom floor. We had just finished up the actual Jane Eyre, and there was no way I was leaving this paperback for some ritzy, Peg Perigo pushing mom to snatch up without understanding the deep Brontë influence.
It’s the first in a series about a female detective named Thursday Next. The book, by British author Jaspor Fforde is, well, um, let’s see . . .maybe the front of the book says it best:
Yeah, it’s sort of unusual, but in that great, “Are you smart enough to get his sense of humor” kind of way. He makes you earn your laughs, and that I can appreciate.
Plus, four of our WEM books were mentioned within the first 14 pages. See?
I will definitely be going back to read more of this time-travel, literary mystery fantasy, but maybe after we’ve gotten a little further down our list. After all, I don’t want to miss any more of the jokes than necessary.
So, what other companion books should I add to my library queue?