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Thursday, July 10, 2008
This egg is well done!
Well the ever clever and imaginative Mr. Fforde does it again. I'm late to the party reading this one which was published in 2005, but isn't that just the great thing about books? No expiration date.

Anyway, remember all those nursery rhymes, you learned as a kid? Fforde turns them on their ears. What if the Three Pigs didn't really kill the Big Bad Wolf in self defense? What if Humpty Dumpty was a womanizer, an alcoholic, a philanthropist, and a murder victim? What if Jack Spratt had to solve these cases and others?

As usual, for a fun, surreal read, I recommend Jasper Fforde's books.

2 Comments

  1. Kim,

    That sounds like a really neat concept! I'll have to check it out once I'm done with my deadline. I plan to spend a month reading and being mentally LAZY! Visualize! Visualize!

    Kim


  2. I was a voracious reader as a child but I never read the normal things kids read like fairy tales and nursery rhymes. At some point in grade school we took a standardized test on literature -- I think it might have been experimental - you identified characters and plots. I scored really high on all the sections except two: fairy tales and nursery rhymes. My family thought that was very funny and it's been kind of a joke ever since.

    I read this book when it first came out while I was on vacation in a cabin in the north woods with my extended family. So the whole time I was reading it I would look up and say something like "Jack Spratt ..." and then the whole family would recite "would eat no fat, his wife would eat no lean" and whatever the rest of it is. I would say THANKS! Otherwise I would never have gotten all the references.

    But I loved the book. And the sequel.


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