qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

National Brotherhood Week

Book Review: The Prague Cemetery, by Umberto Eco
It took me about 3 years to read Foucault's Pendulum, largely because I would put it down for months on end. Since then I have made a policy of reading only one book at a time, which has generally held and worked. This is a similar book in many ways - the first few chapters make it difficult to get into, and there's the odd reference to various mediaeval sects or splitting a hair four ways. The intriguing main characters are rather disagreeable. This shouldn't be particularly surprising for the plot revolves around forgery, espionage and conspiracy. The narrative begins in mid nineteenth-century Italy before moving on to Paris. The story escalates and the conclusion is somewhat fantastic and requires a certain suspension of belief, something else I recall from Eco's earlier work. I think this is a case of enjoying the storytelling rather than the story itself.
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