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Biblio is a marketplace for book collectors comprised of thousands of independent, professional booksellers, located all over the world, who list their books for sale online so that customers like you can find them! If you are entertained by conspiracy theory history lectures, then yes the novel works.

I found I was losing the will to live as the grand plan became ever more complex. Eco is a no doubt brilliant I made it halfway through this book before finally putting it down.

Several cultures, science, centuries of world events and conspiracy theories collide into a whacko’s wet dream in Foucault’s Pendulum. So, the book offers a very weak, uneven story that suffers from too much information, too many irrelevant narrative lines, and an unsatisfying ending. Is their invention truer than they knew?

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Books by Umberto Eco. And I thought the endings for both Belbo and the narrator were a big let down. Garamond also owns Manuzio, a vanity publisher that charges incompetent authors large sums of money to print their work rendered “Manutius” in the English translation, a reference to the 15th century printer Aldus Manutius. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. Some believe that it refers to Michel Foucault[3] noting Eco’s friendship with the French philosopher, [4] but the author “specifically rejects any intentional reference to Michel Foucault” [5] —this is regarded as one of his subtle literary jokes.


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This book is billed as a thriller, but there isn’t much thrilling to be found. Between History and Fiction”. Eco is a no doubt brilliant writer and I have immensely enjoyed the two aforementioned works that I have read of his. At some point when I have a week to devote purely to dissecting its knowledge.

Il pendolo di Foucault by Umberto Eco (2 star ratings)

Or so it seems. 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. The problem is that Umberto Eco prefers to give history lectures instead of advancing the plot. Three vanity press employees Jacopo Belbo, Diotallevi, and Casaubon invent their own conspiracy for fun after reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories.

Definitely going in my unfinished pile.

The story involves three friends work at a publishing house that is used to seeing manuscripts exploring and supposedly revealing the secrets of the Templars and other occult sects. The novel ends with Casaubon meditating on the events of the book, apparently resigned to ecco possibly delusional idea that the Tres will capture him soon.

Three friends play at conspiracy theory, in their hyper-cynical “The Plan” game, and gradually lose themselves in it. He frames Belbo as a terrorist suspect in order to force him to come to Paris. Foucault’s Pendulum feels like After the initial history of the Templars, Eco forgot to add any jokes to pendoolo lectures, so it became a tedious Mannesplaynynge of Alchimie instead.


The satirical novel is full of esoteric references to Kabbalahalchemyand conspiracy theory —so many that critic and novelist Anthony Burgess suggested that it needed an index. It became repetitive, chapters on the endless occultist schools broken only by halting, awkward, and somewhat offensive “love scenes” and excessive chapter breaks.

There are Latin, Arabic, Hebrew phrases, too. When a man comes to tell them he has discovered a secret code, they figure he is mad like many of the others and send 2.

I loved The Name of the Rose, which also heightened my anticipa Ran the marathon, almost broke halfway and would never repeat. So basically we get lecture after lecture from the conspiracy theorist characters who the actual writer has no respect for. Sign up to receive offers and updates: During the ritual Amparo falls into a trance herself, an experience she finds deeply disturbing and embarrassing, as she is Marxist by ideology and as such disbelieves and shuns spiritual and religious experiences.

The Plan created by the three friends doesn’t even start to take place until over halfway through the book. It just isn’t one I would describe as an enjoyable read.

Used book in good condition. Sign In Register Help Cart. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. So much of it is very dry, and considering the “history” given is from conspiracy buffs, innaccurate.