threadnsong edited the summary of The Eyre Affair Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
An alternate time-line exists in 1985, one in which literature is the most important part of peoples' lives. There are John Milton conferences, an audience participation of Richard III (reminiscent of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show") and LiteraTec cops who search for wrongdoers in literature. Into this group works our intrepid hero, Thursday Next, a veteran of the Crimean War (it's still going on) and someone with first-hand knowledge of Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. There is also the bureaucracy of the oligarchy called The Goliath Corporation and propaganda coming from The Toad News. Much traveling and investigation ensures, and the reader is caught up in a logical, literary time-line.