Foucault's Pendulum

Umberto Eco Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault's Pendulum By Umberto Eco Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Foucault s Pendulum As brilliant and quirky as THE NAME OF THE ROSE as mischievous and wide raning A virtuoso performance THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEThree clever book editors inspired by an extraordinary fable they hea

  • Title: Foucault's Pendulum
  • Author: Umberto Eco Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
  • ISBN: 9780330314978
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Foucault's Pendulum By Umberto Eco Harcourt Brace Jovanovich As brilliant and quirky as THE NAME OF THE ROSE, as mischievous and wide raning.A virtuoso performance THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEThree clever book editors, inspired by an extraordinary fable they heard years befoe, decide to have a little fun Randomly feeding esoteric bits of knowledge into an incredible computer capable of inventing connections between all their en As brilliant and quirky as THE NAME OF THE ROSE, as mischievous and wide raning.A virtuoso performance THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLEThree clever book editors, inspired by an extraordinary fable they heard years befoe, decide to have a little fun Randomly feeding esoteric bits of knowledge into an incredible computer capable of inventing connections between all their entries, they think they are creating a long lazy game until the game starts taking over Here is an incredible journey of thought and history, memory and fantasy, a tour de force as enthralling as anything Umberto Eco or indeed anyone has ever devised.
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    1. Will on said:

      Imagine three sarcastic, over educated editors who work at a vanity publisher Owing to their occupation, they naturally end up reading an abundance of books about ridiculously grand conspiracy theories and occult societies the Freemasons, the Templars, the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati Bavarian and otherwise , and so on So they start to play a sort of free association game Let s connect all these things, using the same half mad logic as the authors of these books, into one grand design Thus The P [...]

    2. This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For on said:

      This book consists of predominantly two things 1 Endless dialogue by mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists 2 Endless dialogue by scholars who study mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists 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 fact 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 read abou [...]

    3. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      PLAYFUL An Opening GambolWhile I first read this novel in 2009, I bought a second hand copy in May, 2013 for 7, which I thought was a bargain price for the degree of pleasure it s given me.Only when I was half way through did I notice a sheet of white paper slipped into the last pages.It shows four hand drawn circles, each of which contains the name of a city and a number If the numbers represent years, they cover 21 years If you add 2 and 1, you get the number 3 If you examine the gaps between [...]

    4. Traveller on said:

      Descartes said Cogito, ergo sum.Eco says I seek meaning, therefore I am human.It s very hard to succinctly describe exactly what this novel is From looking at the plot description, you may be forgiven for assuming that it is a book like Holy Blood, Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln, or Dan Brown s The Da Vinci Code There is an overlap in the fact that all three books deal with conspiracies that revolve around the mystical and mythical order of the Knight s Templar, [...]

    5. StevenGodin on said:

      When it comes to novels the size of bricks I have to admit to being a bit of a lightweight, only reading a handful of books over 600 pages long, and always enter with some trepidation Eco s Foucault s Pendulum is not quite brick big, but then it doesn t look like it s been on a diet either.In terms of sheer scope and passionate ambition this really is something, but it felt like a history lesson than a novel, and that for me was an issue.This is a complex piece of writing that does require hard [...]

    6. Luís C. on said:

      Let s be clear Eco is a titan This opus embarks the reader in a story with multiple bends, one is carried away by the incredible erudition of the author, by the obvious mastery of his art Rare are the books that really raise the level of the reader Eco does it every time A Landmark The Pendulum of Foucault is a book that exceeds me It is full of references, abstruse authors, outdated ideologies, strange rites Every time I will remember it, I will get out of it It is a reminder of the Dan Browns [...]

    7. Jaidee on said:

      3 the last of the pentalogy of puzzlement and perseverance starsA very difficult book to both rate and review As I read this book I reflected on four other books that have been considered great by so many of my friends and in particular, my darling partner.These five books to me were seeds and shadows of greatness but I felt were so heavily flawed that they became only fair to average good reads for me.These books are 1 1Q84 2.5 stars 2.Cloud Atlas 3 stars 3 A Fine Balance 3 stars 4 The Goldfinc [...]

    8. Nathan on said:

      The best book I have ever read It is the creepiest, deepest, and most brilliantly executed piece of literature Umberto Eco is a genius, and if I could have a conversation with anyone, it would be him.The book, however, is very difficult to read The language is dense, and in the first 200 pages, it beats you over the head with history of the Knights Templar and the Rosicrucians All of this history is necessary to make the second half cause you to shit your pants It s basically about these guys tr [...]

    9. Ahmed on said:

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    10. Ben Babcock on said:

      I read a lot, and the people around me are used to seeing a new book in my hand every day or couple of days Naturally, they ask me what I m reading, usually in a way that implies I should divulge than just the title and the author, which are plainly visible on the cover How do I respond when I m reading something so sublime and transcendental as Foucault s Pendulum It defies ordinary description of plot, because Umberto Eco has again unified his narrative with his themes and characters to creat [...]

    11. Jan-Maat on said:

      This is a novel that contrasts the acceptance, and delight, in the world as it is with the consequences of the desire to read in meanings to everything that we see about us In Eco s earlier book,The Name of the Rose, the detective mystery was parodied and this is taken one step further in this novel The Detective mystery assumes that there is a mystery that can be solved It invites investigation In this novel the constant working deeper into mysteries produces only obscurity the penis is just a [...]

    12. Mohammed Arabey on said:

      10 7 5 Gevurah 2011 4 Hesed _________ 3 Binah 100 90 200 I want to Believe 2 Hokhmah 25 1 Keter for an amazing tour of Mus e des Arts et M tiers de Paris by in this awesome photographer s blog

    13. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Il pendolo di Foucault Foucault s pendulum, Umberto EcoFoucault s Pendulum original title Il pendolo di Foucault is a novel by Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco It was first published in 1988, and an English translation by William Weaver appeared a year later Foucault s Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth The satirical novel is full of esoteric references to Kabbalah, alchemy and conspiracy theory so many, that critic and novelist Anthony Burgess sugges [...]

    14. Dolors on said:

      Us two All three of us are in this If we don t come out honorably, we ll all look silly Silly to whom Why, to history Before the tribunal of Truth Quid est veritas Belbo asked Us, I said p.435 Truth What is truth Truth is relative Or isn t it The fact that Umberto Eco portrays one of his characters quoting Pontius Pilate s assertion that truth is hard to ascertain with some sort of consistent resonance of a Nietzschian Superman who has passed beyond good and evil is no coincidence.There is nothi [...]

    15. Nora Barnacle on said:

      Ako Umberto Eko preporu uje da za jedinu stabilnu ta ku u itavom Univerzumu izabere sre nog sebe, mora da su sve druge opcije proma aj A kome drugom u verovati, ako ne Umbertu Eku koji je pro itao sve knjige i sve zna Ovo je veoma naporno itanje Najpre treba pro i onaj test deo i naravno rukopis koji Eko nikad ne izostavlja Tih prvih stotinak strana slu e da se lepo predomisli i na vreme odustane od muke, ako te je, recimo zaveo naslov ili recenzija U ovom slu aju, taj deo je oko 350 strana, ako [...]

    16. Gerard on said:

      One of those books where the author tediously says next to nothing, and all the semi litterati can t figure out what he s trying to say, so they conclude he must be brilliant A wasted effort by an otherwise talented so I hear author, and that portion of the gullible public that assumes that something profound is being said so long as they can t understand it.

    17. Andy on said:

      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 Conspiracies I even thought some of the history was interesting But LORD, did Eco need an editor 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 a [...]

    18. Marijan on said:

      Ne znam kad mi se itanje knjige ovoliko inilo kao posaoa zadnjih dvadesetak stranica sam se osje ao kao da se vra am s mar a i jednostavno moram izdr ati jo tih kilometar dva do cilja, iako me bole i noge i ramena u koja su se urezali remeni ranca.Ne mogu dati ocjenu, jer ne znam koju bih dao na momente je knjiga bila izuzetno inteligentna i duhovita, na momente me izlu ivala i imao sam osje aj da se Eco besmisleno razme e svojim znanjem.Treba mi prst viskija i vestern Ne mora biti ni dobar Ni v [...]

    19. Bradley on said:

      The best and the worst thing I can say about this novel is that it s a difficult read Sure, the author is Italian, but that doesn t automatically make it difficult, only a a novel that I ve read out of it s normal language No, the novel isn t even difficult in the traditional sense, where the sentence structure is hard to follow and there might be four hundred commas per dozen pages The writing is quite nice No, the novel is difficult because it requires the reader to read and understand a whole [...]

    20. Biron Paşa on said:

      Foucault Sarkac 900 k sur sayfal k tarif edilmesi imk ns z, devasa bir roman Eco nun u suz bucaks z birikiminden ve zekas ndan kan m thi z rval klarla dolu, tam anlam yla birroman evirmen adan Karadeniz in de de indi i ve arka kapakta g rd m z gibi, kitab nas l tan mlayaca m z bir muamma, nk kitaba her a dan bakmak m mk n 8 y ll k, ara t r lan 2000 kitapl k bir eme in sonucu Yine de Karadeniz in yapt tan mlama kitapla ilgili yap labilecek en iyi tan mlamalardan biri Foucault Sarkac 500 y ll k ir [...]

    21. Terry on said:

      I think it could be validly opined that all of Umberto Eco s novels primarily exist to show off how much he knows They are all jam packed with esoteric knowledge from such specialized and varied sources that one wonders how a single human being managed to fit them all into his head, let alone turn them into fodder for a story In this sense Eco seems much like his own creation of Casaubon from this novel, the Marlowe of culture one able to sift through the vast repository of arcane and seemingly [...]

    22. J.I. on said:

      Between his home and his summer home, Umberto Eco has some 50,000 books to his name I believe that he has read every one of them, some probably twice Which is to say that this is an erudite novel A warning to the reader you will be wading into lists of reference materials You are about to be presented with conversations that run for pages that are dedicated solely to the minutiae of conspiracies, most about the Templars I warned you.But this book is not just about secret societies and the practi [...]

    23. ΣωτήρηςΑδαμαρέτσος on said:

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    24. Paul on said:

      Eco likes to show off his knowledge and the depth of his reading and he does so with a great flourish in this novel It s a difficult one to classify as it crosses genres and throws all sorts of references into the pot It is really part thriller, part detective with a good dose of conspiracy theory and meandering down the byways of historical obscurity Of course the whole thing may just be a postmodern joke There are lots of nods, winks and jokes throughout Eco was good friends with the French ph [...]

    25. 40 Forte on said:

      Eco once said that author Dan Brown Angels Demons, DaVinci Code, etc might have very well been one of the characters he created in Focault s Pendulum Eco uses Focault s pendulum to showcase the absurdity in over analyzing ancient legends or secret societies and in the process creates an intellectual and dizzying tale that stands in direct contrast to the Dan Brown s of the world writing for the pop culture masses.The work is a discourse in secret societies Templar Knights, Freemasons, Jesuits, R [...]

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