Sounds like it was translated from German? "die" (pronounced 'dee') is one of the several "the"s in German. I second the recommendation for Lansing's book on Shackleton's expedition. He had a LOT of original photos and diaries and was able to interview a few of the men who'd been on the expedition. It's a really, really gripping book and I just kept saying, "Oh my gosh, I don't know HOW they did this" over and over through the book. Since I enjoyed The Eyre Affair, I figured I'd try another Jasper Fforde and checked out The Big Over Easy at the library. Set in the Nursery Crimes Division of the police, all about Humpty Dumpty's great fall. Fun so far, but definitely similar in tone to The Eyre Affair, so now I'm wondering if Fforde ever writes anything that isn't glib satire.