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Ma qualcuno li prende sul serio. Kindle Editionpages. Published May 15th by Bompiani first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Il pendolo di Foucaultplease pfndolo up. Is Foucault’s Pendulum a difficult read? J Yes, it’s difficult unless you are a human encyclopedia like the writer. This book uses the phrase “facies hermeticae” a few times and I’ve yet fokcault figure out what it means in the given context.
The top google results are quotations from the pwndolo, can anyone explain what Eco means by this? Douglas Roberts I’m pretty sure it’s a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when ffoucault first used it’s about …more I’m pretty sure it’s a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it’s first used it’s about how they literally all have a certain look about them Lorenza says “professional sorcerers with faces exactly like professional sorcerers”, then describes them.
Diotallevi quips “Facies hermetica”, and from then on it’s an in-joke. See all 10 questions about Il pendolo di Foucault…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
This book eeco of predominantly two things: This is not a bad book, but its not an easy read, and not really a particularly enjoyable one. My enjoyment, or lack thereof, was tempered by the ecp that I was apparently trying to read one story, but the author was trying to tell a different one.
Put another way, I was trying to This book consists of predominantly two things: Put another way, I was trying to read about plot, but the author was trying to write about person.
Conceptually, this book is fascinating, but the execution was wanting; again, this may be because Eco was trying to tell a different story than I wanted to read. Many others describe this book as “thrilling” or a “roller coaster ride” but it’s not. It’s supposed to be, I think, but the tension is lost in the morass of dialogue and background. It does show ddi conspiracy theorists can make any idea self-prophecisizing sp?
View all 13 comments. Very patient Eco fans is there any other kind? This book is a conundrum to me. I liked the story of three book editors accidentally enmeshing themselves in the world of conspiracy theory. I liked the philosophical discussion of why we believe in things like Great Global Ppendolo.
I even thought some of the history was interesting. In parts of this book, the signal-to-noise ratio is distressingly low as Eco’s talking heads sit and discuss the intricacies of Templar and Rosicrucian history for page after p This book is a conundrum to me. In parts of this book, the signal-to-noise ratio is distressingly low as Eco’s talking heads sit and discuss the intricacies of Templar and Rosicrucian history for page after page after page.
My patience wore thinner and thinner as Eco name-checked his way across all of European history and added absolutely nothing to the story.
You could easily shave a full hundred pages out of this book and have a much better and less infuriating book.
View all 9 comments. Maybe this will make me look stupid I had to make myself slog through certain portions of this book — Eco is clearly brilliant, but needs to learn to keep a plot together.
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Too much extraneous information, too many digressions, too much detailed background information, and you distract from the plot. This is not an easy read. This book will take patience, ambition, and perseverence to read. It’s worth Maybe this will make me look stupid It’s worth it to some, but me? Even though the plot is good once it’s all laid out and unraveled, I still kind of wish I had never bothered. View all 6 comments. Quite disappointing– Hearing and reading only good things about this book, I had really high expectations for it, thinking it would be better than Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
But alas, it simply wasn’t. Sure, Eco’s book has more obscure occult arcana and esoterica, but the story, I think, is shit.
Dan Brown at least knew how to tell a story – I really couldn’t put the book down the whole time. Aside fr Quite disappointing– Hearing and reading only good things about this book, I had really high expectations for it, thinking it would be better than Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Aside from its encyclopedic display of knowledge and conceptually interesting theses, Foucault’s Pendulum is overwrought, uneven, and just too long reminds me of Borge’s quip that an idea should be expressed succinctly in fiction.
The part about Colonel Ardenti is very interesting. But then Eco seems to just abandon the leitmotif, i. I kept asking myself, “Why am I reading this? Interspersed in the central narrative are conceptually interesting but actually excruciatingly boring journal entries written in gross purple prose by one of the characters, Belbo, and I wished with all my heart that some editor out there were smart enough to force Eco to CUT THAT SHIT altogether.
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Just like that for the substantial betterment of his novel and the advancement of the readers’ general happiness worldwide. The ending is also quite unsatisfying, though the main point of the book that there is no secret is clearly presented and ruminated on.
I, too, like the Diabolicals, wanted the grand revelation, only to be let down thoroughly at the end the difference between the reader and the Diabolicals is that the former stops searching while the latter don’t. So, the book offers a very weak, uneven story that suffers from too much information, too many irrelevant narrative lines, and an unsatisfying ending. Conceptually, the ideas about inventing a story, mixing truth with falsehood, and the absence of secret as the most fascinating secret are, I think, VERY interesting, but I think the book could have articulated them just as well in half the pages.
A few good things about the book: I heard The Name of the Rose is much better, so I’ll give it a shot sometime soon, but as far as this book is concerned, I’m sad to conclude that it was an unfortunate let-down: I think I’m being generous giving this book 2 stars. I know there are many who would disagree with my opinions here, after all it’s considered a modern classic.
Of course, many novels that are considered a classics utterly fail to entertain. Ok, they fail to entertain me. I’ll start with the positive, it was well-researched. Unfortunately it takes nearly pages to get to the plot, and then it doesn’t actually get interesting until about page Then it stops being interesting, and finally e I think I’m being generous giving this book 2 stars. Then it stops being interesting, and finally ends. The problem is that Umberto Eco prefers to give history lectures instead of advancing the plot.
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So much of it is very dry, and considering the “history” given is from conspiracy buffs, innaccurate. Apparently Umberto Eco has stated that the reader of his books has to work to get the reward of a plot. My response to this is “Mr. If you are entertained by conspiracy theory history lectures, then yes the novel works.
But as a story the novel fails. Not much of it is foucult to plot, while there is some characterization it gets lost in the lectures, and really it was fucking boring. Additionally, Umberto Eco is contemptous of conspiracy theorists. It’s obvious from the story. So basically we get lecture after lecture from the conspiracy theorist characters who the actual writer has no respect for.
Let me say that again Yeah, so I didn’t like this book. Ben, I’m so going to sock you one for giving this to me. Okay, okay, it was fun to learn a bit about every secret society of the past thousand years, but as a novel I made it through La novela tiene un comienzo duro, al menos para alguien de letras como yo. Si no es el caso, no puedo recomendar a nadie que coja este libro entre sus manos.
Publisher’s Weekly said that it is Yes, I would have to say that’s right. Unfortunately, not in a good way.