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The big over easy : a nursery crime

by Jasper Fforde

  Print book : Fiction

Delightful (re)reading of nursery rhymes   (2014-07-17)


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by DrJeffKoloze

Fforde's crime novel is a delightful romp through traditional nursery rhymes with the rhetorical twist of their being adapted for adults.  Some of the lines may be lost on contemporary readers, especially those who are ignorant of their cultural history, as in the following interchange: "I know who you are.  You're Lola Vavoom.  You used to be big in movies."  "I will treat that feed line with the contempt it deserves, dahling.  I'd never tread on Norma's toes" (page 238).  Fortunately, the novel is not mere fluff.  The deeper philosophical thrust of attack against a utilitarian and life-denying view of human life is clear in the following passage when a criminal character says, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few  [....]  To make profits and benefit the community, then some people, however regrettably, will have to die" (page 345).

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