Synopses & Reviews
In this exhilarating book, we accompany Umberto Eco as he explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Using examples ranging from fairy tales and Flaubert, Poe and Mickey Spillane, Eco draws us in by means of a novelist's techniques, making us his collaborators in the creation of his text and in the investigation of some of fiction's most basic mechanisms.
"Erudite, wide-ranging, and slyly humorous....The literary examples Eco employs range from Dante to Dumas, from Sterne to Spillane. His text is thought-provoking, often outright funny, and full of surprising juxtapositions." Atlantic Monthly
"Reading [these chapters] is indeed like wandering in the woods...They might in fact be called, more prosaically, How to Be a Good Reader, for Eco, in his incredibly manipulative way, has you eating out of his hand by the end of them." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"The dim boundary between the imaginary and the real is Eco's home terrain....He is a foxy gamesman, using enchanted woods as a flexible image for narrative texts, and mustering a playful array of allusions from The Three Musketeers to the Rocky Horror Picture Show." Boston Globe
"[This] dashing and stylish series of six lectures...displays Umberto Eco's enviable ability to transform arid semiotics and narrative theory into intellectual entertainment." Independent
In this exhilarating book, companion and guide Umberto Eco--bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum--explores the intricacies of fictional form and method. Eco makes readers his collaborators in the creation of his text and the investigation of fiction's mechanisms. 14 illustrations.
About the Author
Umberto Eco teaches at the University of Bologna and is the author of many books, including Theory of Semiotics, The Role of the Reader, and The Open Work, as well as the best-selling novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum.
Table of Contents
1. Entering The Woods
2. The Woods Of Loisy
3. Lingering In The Woods
4. Possible Woods
5. The Strange Case Of The Rue Servandoni
6. Fictional Protocols