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How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays (Diario minimo #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,118 ratings  ·  156 reviews
In these “impishly witty and ingeniously irreverent” essays (Atlantic Monthly), “the Andy Rooney of academia” (Los Angeles Times) takes on computer jargon, librarians, bureaucrats, meals on airplanes, bad coffee, taxi drivers, 33-function watches, soccer fans, and more. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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En quittant Roumanie il y a plus de huit ans, je laissais là-bas non seulement une partie de ma famille et des amis, mais aussi d’une grande bibliothèque dont j’ai apporté au Canada peu de livres (surtout des écrivains roumains) en me disant que j’allais la refaire ici. Ce que j’ai fait, en rachetant peu à peu les titres que j’avais et aimais. Le problème est que j’ai tendance à oublier si j’ai acheté ou non un livre et me voici déjà avec une belle pile de doubles à donner à des amis.

C’est ce q
Ebtihal Abuali
أعجبني في هذا الكتاب الإنتقاد الساخر، الذكي، والمضحك لأمور واقعية، بعيداً عن الهزل أو التجريح.. في مقاله (كيفية السفر مع سلمون) ينتقد كيف أن الانظمة المعلوماتية التي يفترض ان تجعل حياتنا اسهل هي ذاته يمكنها ان تجعل حياتنا اكثر تعقيدا وتجعل السفر مع سلمون صعباً!

فقط لمت نفسي على اختيار نسخة مترجمة مرتين! (نسخة المركز الثقافي العربي): من الايطالية إلى الفرنسية ومن ثم إلى العربية. ثمة كلمات فشلت الترجمة في نقلها الى العربية وأبقتها كما هي، وفي مواضع اخرى وجدتني قادرة على تصور ترجمات أفضل للعبارات!

Hilarity is what we can find while reading this sequel of his "Misreadings" (Picador 1994) since Umberto Eco has written like a true professor as aptly credited to St. Augustine I read somewhere some years ago, that is, 'St. Augustine wrote like a professor' [to verify, Would any GR friend please inform me if you know its reference?]. This of course has proven one thing, that is, writing is one of the tough, grinding and formidable processes essential to all good and great professors worldwide f ...more
It is funny to me now how forward thinking Eco was in terms of the mobile phone, the subject of my favorite essay in this book. In 1992, when the devices were still a rarity, he likened a mobile phone not to a luxury item for the important, but as a dog collar for the servants. I don't remember the exact words anymore, but his main point seemed to be, "If you are really important, you have someone else take care of that stuff for you; you are not at anyone's beck and call." It changed my view th ...more
William Handel
While making my way through this collection I couldn’t help but be reminded of the classic scene from Fight Club in which the narrator introduces Tyler Durden to the concept of a “single-serving friend.” Umberto Eco is very clever, but with the wit washed away I’ve almost become convinced that the contents of this book could be summarized in a series of tweet-length statements.

To be sure, the essays are mostly amusing. “How to Replace a Driver’s License” and “How to Play Indians” were two of my
Ca faisait longtemps qu'un livre ne m'avait fait rire "à haute voix" !
En général il y a des livres qui amènent un sourire amusé à quelques bons mots, mais là il y a eu des moments d'esclaffage (?) ! Et j'en avais bien besoin... Si vous en connaissez d'autres dans la même veine..
Jun 12, 2009 Joy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I haven't read anything by Eco before but since one of my friends gave it 5 stars it is probably worth a look :)
Avez-vous déjà eu besoin de mettre un saumon fumé dans le mini-frigo de votre chambre d'hôtel ? Tenté d'installer un logiciel en lisant les trois volumes d'explications fournis par le fabricant. Renoncé à prendre un médicament anodin en raison des risques terribles que sa notice fait peser sur " certains sujets " ? Entrepris de chercher du sexe sur Internet ? Si vous répondez oui à l'une de ces questions, alors vous vous reconnaîtrez dans les pages de ce livre, qui relate, sur un mode hilarant e ...more

The train, in America, is not a choice. It is a punishment for, having neglected to read Weber on the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism, making the mistake of remaining poor.
Enpä taas muista, mille viimeksi olisin nauranut näin paljon kuin Econ pakinoille. Semiootikko kuvailee nykyaikaista (1980-1990-lukujen) ja melko akateemissävytteistä elämänmenoa erilaisten väärinymmärrysten kautta. Sähköiset viestintävälineet eivät Econ kertomuksissa auta vaan hankaloittavat viestintää.

Kumma kyllä Eco ei näytä innostuvan liiasta selittämisestäkään. Pakinat "Miten käy johdannon kirjoittaminen" ja "Miten mikin käy bongassa" pilkkaavat runsasta metatekstin käyttöä (tieteellisissä)
It's a rare book that provokes me to giggle out loud at 1:30am.
I had to give up after getting through three quarters of this book, although I did enjoy most of the essays during the first half. There was some really great satire, and I expanded my vocabulary with a plethora of ostentatious morphemes.

I really enjoyed the title essay, which hooked me for a while. I also enjoyed the 1:1 scale map thought experiment. It was fun to learn about life in 1980s Italy, such as How To Renew a Driver's License. Many of the essays have aged well and can be appreciated b
Procyon Lotor
Salvatore lascia allet di ventanni il paese natio per emigrare in Australia, dove vive in esilio per quarantanni. Poi, sessantenne, raccolti i suoi risparmi, torna a casa. E mentre si avvicina alla stazione, Salvatore fantastica: ritrover i compagni, gli amici di un tempo, nel bar della sua giovent? Lo riconosceranno? Gli faranno delle feste, gli chiederanno di raccontare le sue avventure tra canguri e aborigeni, avidi di curiosit? E quella ragazza che...? E il droghiere dellangolo? E cos via... ...more
Carl Rocheleau
Comment voyager avec un saumon est un recueil de textes hétéroclites. Si l'un est une nouvelle littéraire sur les aléas de la bureaucratie du futur, l'autre se présente plutôt sous la forme d'une anecdote concernant l'utilisation du télécopieur ou des réfrigérateur d'hôtel. Nous sommes à des kilomètres des romans qui ont fait la grandeur de l'auteur. Cette oeuvre nous montre le côté plus ludique d'Umberto Eco, ce qui vous le rendra beaucoup plus sympathique si vous trouviez ses grands romans un ...more
حسنا ، لم أستطع الاستمتاع به ،أكاد أجزم أني لم أفهم أغلب المقالات التي وردت فيه . كان العنوان أول ماجذبني فيه وقرأت النص -من النت - الذي يحمل نفس العنوان والذي أعجبني ودفعني لاقتناءه..يا للاسف لم يكن يستحق
I have never had this much fun being made fun of. If you don't mind excessive exercises in the absurd, juxtaposed with educational wit this may be the book for you.
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linguists and other degenerates.
Shelves: humor
Hilarious, in that uniquely Eco-ian way. You will never travel with a dead aquatic special the same way again.

Brain candy, pure and simple. And good, too.
Revealing Eco's humorous side, these short humorous essays originally appearing in a column during the 80s. I found them to be of widely varying levels of interest 30 years later, as some touched on timeless topics, some were clearly dated but provided a window into the past (the early days of fax machines and cell phones), others didn't. I prefer his thoughtful, insightful essays, but these made for a quick, sometimes clever read.
I just re-read this book, which I first read maybe 10 years ago. I'm not sure why, but before re-reading it, I had it in my head that it was a really great book, and I gave it 4 stars from memory. Maybe because I was younger and less well-read when I first read it, so it made a bigger impression on me? I don't know, but anyway, after reading it again, I'm downgrading it to 2 stars. :P I'd actually give it 2 1/2 if I could.

There were a handful of essays, mostly towards the beginning and end, that
Chris Bentley
I have a real soft spot for Umberto Eco's short writing. This book is probably the best collection of his essays I have come across. They are translated beautifully into English, not that I can vouch for the retention of their full meaning (I don't speak Italian).
The title essay details all the wonderful eccentricities that come with international travel. From the poorly thought out, but well intentioned gifts of hosts, to the bloody-mindedness of hotel support staff, every reader will be able t
Zane Šturme
Highly entertaining book which tells different stories- how to eat an ice-cream, how to travel with a salmon, how to talk about animals etc. Writer shows his magnificent writing skills and gets a hold of reader so easily you even don't notice.

While reading these essays, I was laughing for couple of times in public transport. And I really enjoyed it.

4 stars because some of essays were too complicated for me- I am not a fan of mathematical formulas.
Le premier chapitre est une histoire absurde de science-fiction. Je n’y comprenais rien et je ne trouvais ça ni drôle ni intéressant. J’ai passé au chapitre en espérant mieux. Le deuxième chapitre est constitué de plusieurs anecdotes sous forme de mode d’emploi. J’ai lu la moitié et je me suis dit qu’il y avait trop de bons livres que je ne prenais pas le temps de livre pour perdre des minutes avec lui. Les anecdotes sont souvent dépassées, car elle date entre 20 et 30 ans et la technologie et n ...more
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Essays that mock the small frustrations - ranging from going through customs to recognizing a porn movie. Eco's style is easy to read, witty and pretty much everything he writes is meant to expose the absurdity of everyday life.

3 1/2 stars
Pierre E. Loignon
Après avoir subi quelques pages du pénible « Galons et galaxies », j’ai courageusement persisté, dans un effort héroïque, à lire quelques rubriques de « Modes d’emploi » avant de sauter aux dernières sections, heureusement plus brèves. Mais comme pour moi, le médiocre ne se subsume pas sous la catégorie de quantité : où elle est, je suis néant et je n’ai donc fait que glisser mon regard sur ces promesses de concentré d’ennui où l’abruti trouvera à loisir le moyen de s’abrutir bien d’avantage.
Feb 08, 2008 Chrissy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chrissy by: Robert
My first bit of Eco, which probably isn't the way to start him, but I can't be picky. It's a collection of funny stories with a couple random pieces - the text in the middle takes the piss out of military and government talk by having reprstatives and leaders of intergalactic societies sending memos, letters, and telegrams to each other and it's absolutely hilarious. Read that one for sure.

The other stories are about flying, coffee, getting a replacement driver's license. Some are stories anyone
I wouldn't say this is the best book ever (despite my love for the superlative, I wouldn't say that usually anyway). It is, however, a really amusing collection of stories, and the 3 that stand out for me are good enough to make me say I really liked it. I especially like the one replacing a driver's license in Milan, since that is where I am living at the time of reading it. I also liked his discussion of the academic department, and a few others that I have now forgotten. I skipped over some o ...more
I feel that this was better suited as a column. It was very funny to start with, and only slightly diminished as I went through. However, the humour is very constant. It didn't feel like there was much novelty, in my opinion. Worth reading, but hardly the pinnacle of comedy.
Not what I expected - received as a gift - had a hard time getting into it but he is an interesting writer whatever he tackles. Oh! An unintended pun!
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