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First Book of the Year


“Foucault’s Pendulum” (Umberto Eco)

Owing to a rather good harvest this Christmas, I’ve been blessed with an embarassment of riches when choosing my first book, Foucault’s Pendulum.

This is the second book of Eco’s that I’ve read. The first, the excellent Baudolino , much like Pendulum, shows an unhealthy fascination on the author’s part with pseudo-Christian mythologies like Joseph of Arimethea, Templars, and the Holy Grail. I was waiting for Prester John to show up in this one to convince me that all of Eco’s books are the same.

This one went down well, with the typical chaos of Eco’s back-and-forth, mind-bendbending intellectual dialogues. I have to admit, though, that the last 40 pages or so were a bit of a let-down for me.

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zonker

There are some great moments in that book. For example, the discussion about The School Of Comparative Irrelevance or whatever.

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