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Foucault's Pendulum

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ISBN13: 9780345368751
ISBN10: 0345368754
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Three 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 entires, 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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"[The book] is not meant to be easy....[But] great are the rewards for those who actually manage to read it....You may call the book an intellectual triumph, if not a fictional one." Anthony Burgess, The New York Times Book Review

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"Brilliant...experimental and funny, literary and philosophical....A quest novel that is deeper and richer than The Name of the Rose" The New York Times

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"An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo." The Washington Post Book World

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"As brilliant and quirky as The Name of the Rose, as mischievous and wide-ranging. A virtuoso performance." The San Francisco Chronicle

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"[This novel] is several books wrapped up in one, some more successful than others....Although scholarship is supposed to be Eco's forte, the erudite sections of [the novel] are perhaps [its] weakest elements....[But] interest invariably picks up when the novel returns to Belbo's personal experiences." The Atlantic Monthly

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated, controversial novel, sold in more than forty countries Nineteenth-century Europeand#8212;from Turin to Prague to Parisand#8212;abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair toThe Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document? Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. Eco at his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as a masterpiece.

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lexoremptor, June 29, 2009 (view all comments by lexoremptor)
A classic for any lover of reading -- scholarly and thrilling without being overdone. Challenging to get into, but worth it! Highly recommended.
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crowyhead, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Three men, fascinated by conspiracy theories surrounding secret societies, make a game out of creating the ultimate theory that will link all of the secret societies into one conspiracy, from the Templars to the Masons. What starts as a game turns deadly real, as the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred.
Since I've always been interested in secret societies, I found this novel fascinating, and I was delighted by the inventiveness of the characters (and thus the author), even as it reinforced the what I've always known -- you can make anything into a conspiracy, if you so desire.
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Guy Fandango, June 9, 2006 (view all comments by Guy Fandango)
If you liked that "code" book that everyone is reading, I guarantee that you'll enjoy Foucault's Pendulum. Secret societies meeting in ancient churches, hidden codes, this book has it all. While Umberto Eco's writing style is more demanding than the breezy light narrative popular among most summer reading picks, if you take the time to engage this challenging narrative you will be rewarded with a breathtaking adventure that leaves you wondering if you are paranoid enough.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345368751
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Translator:
Weaver, William
Author:
Weaver, William
Author:
Dixon, Richard
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Occult
Subject:
Occultism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
100-39
Publication Date:
20111108
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
approx 30 bandw illus
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 560 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345368751 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[The book] is not meant to be easy....[But] great are the rewards for those who actually manage to read it....You may call the book an intellectual triumph, if not a fictional one."
"Review" by , "Brilliant...experimental and funny, literary and philosophical....A quest novel that is deeper and richer than The Name of the Rose"
"Review" by , "An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo."
"Review" by , "As brilliant and quirky as The Name of the Rose, as mischievous and wide-ranging. A virtuoso performance."
"Review" by , "[This novel] is several books wrapped up in one, some more successful than others....Although scholarship is supposed to be Eco's forte, the erudite sections of [the novel] are perhaps [its] weakest elements....[But] interest invariably picks up when the novel returns to Belbo's personal experiences."
"Synopsis" by ,
The highly anticipated, controversial novel, sold in more than forty countries Nineteenth-century Europeand#8212;from Turin to Prague to Parisand#8212;abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair toThe Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document? Eco takes his readers on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. Eco at his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as a masterpiece.
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