Review: The Well of Lost Plots

The Well of Lost Plots
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Call me slow, but I’ve just realised how facetious Fforde’s titles are, and it took getting lost in all the plotlines of The Well of Lost Plots to show me! While the overall plot stays the same – Thursday hides in the well until her child is born – the page-by-page plot drifts and weaves and tries its best to lose me. It’s not a bad thing, in fact it’s very well done if you’ll pardon the pun.

I’m also finding that now I’ve relaxed into the characters and the strangeness of this alternate world, I’m free to realize the way Fforde uses JurisFiction as a premise for his commentary on poor plotting, generic plot devices, confused punctuation, repeated words and, (my favourite), the had hads and that thats of a poorly effected ‘spring forward fall back’ device.

And I’ve only got one word to say about the outstanding depth of Fforde’s knowledge (or research): Godot! What a delight.

Ok, maybe I have a few more words to say about this skill… the MC’s announcement of the contenders for the Bookies awards (the annual Bookworld awards) for ‘the best dead person in fiction’:

“First nomination: Count Dracula, […] the supreme Dark Lord himself, father of an entire sub-genre. From his castle in the Carpathians he burst upon the world and darkened shadows for ever. […]

From the undead to the very dead, the second nomination is for a man who returns selflessly from the grave to warn his erstwhile business partner of the terrors which await him if he does not change his ways. All the way from A Christmas Carol – Jacob Marley! […]

[And the third nomination] Banquo’s ghost from Macbeth. A slain friend and bloody revenge are on the menu in this Scottish play of power and obsession in the eleventh century.”

Yes, it’s a wordy book. Yes it’s quirky. But it’s also a hilarious read (or listen, in my case – and Gabrielle Kruger is as amazing as ever). And, special bonus if you’re a grammar nerd, you’re going to love the grammasites!

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