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جزيرة اليوم السابق

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  8,731 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Umberto Eco, one of the greatest storytellers of all time, continues to enthrall readers with this exquisitely crafted novel that celebrates the romance, war, politics, philosophy, and science of the baroque period in all its lush and colorful detail. 513 pp.
533 pages
Published 2000 by دار أويا (first published 1994)
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Jon Melsæter
I can't count the times I've tried to write a review of an Eco-book, whether physically or in my head, then decided to drop it.

Where does one start? How does one review a product of an intellect such as Eco's, a scholar in semiotics, history and god knows what else? Many reviews I've read here on The Island Of The Day Before are just plain moronic - outbursts of frustration because someone expected to grasp the contexts and countless themes it covers as easily as an airport-bestseller. I have a
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Thomas
was enthralled by The Name of the Rose as a work of historical fiction; loved reading Focault's Pendulum (anyone who enjoyed reading The DaVini Code should read this to experience a real historical-religious thriller.

The Island of the Day Before? this book inspired me to swear never to read a book written by Umberto Eco again. why? i had not made it all the way through Chapter 1 when i encountered the following sentence:

"It is only later that he will assume, in dreams, that the plank, by some me
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Josh
Usually, I have one of three reactions to a book: I love it and plow through it, I hate it and put it down within 50 pages, or I like it and take my time, possibly reading other books simultaneously. This one ... oy. Because of The Name of the Rose, I kept expecting it to be good - or, more accurately, to get better. I waited 100 pages. Then 200 pages. Then 300 pages. Finally, I threw it across the room in frustration at 350 pages. I'm still bitter.
Salma
تدور أحداث الرواية حول شاب إيطالي من القرون الوسطى قد علق على متن سفينة مهجورة و مركونة قرب حيد مرجاني و أمام ناظريه جزيرة يعجز عن الوصول إليها... هذه الجزيرة بحسب ما كان يُعتقد في ذاك الزمن تقع على خط الهاجرة الذي يشكل الفاصل بين الأمس و اليوم...

أسلوب الرواية لذيذ و مسل و لامألوف فهي تنُقل على لسان إيكو الذي ينقل لنا القصة من خلال أوراق تركها الشاب على السفينة و يحاول إيكو في أثناء ذلك تحليل ما جرى مع الشاب و تفلت من بين السطور السخرية من طريقة الشاب في الكتابة و أسلوبه و طريقة تفكيره و بكل ما
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Max Karpovets
I have no clear idea why people don’t like this book, because I do really think that is one of the most luminous Eco’s novels. The form of The Island of the Day Before (1994) could seem very simple, but it is not true. As often for Eco’s literal strategy he tries to mask a various citations, allusions and parallels with cultural and historical basis. Every novel looks like intertextual garland of signs and senses which are masterly contained into historical or philosophical fiction, detective or ...more
Paul
Definitely my favorite Eco book. Got to give Annie props for recommending this one to me. Who knew that longitude could be such an interesting ontological motif?
Tihleigh
I really hated this book. I choked through it due to the sheer fortitude engendered by my unreasonable need to finish every book that I start. Every. Single. Book. Had I been able to dismiss it, I would have. A friend once told me that I should read Eco's essays, and that his fiction was an attempt to destroy overly-used literary devices of current literature by gluttonously indulging in them. I've never actually bothered to look into whether or not it was true because, truthfully, it's the myth ...more
Jonfaith
I read this one in the late 90s, bought a copy for my best friend shortly thereafter. I saw Ray Rizzo with a copy one evening at Ramsi's, I told him I enjoyed it and replied that he was eager for the challenge. He later played with Days of the New. Oh, those 90s! It was all optimism and challenges were there. Hubris was our cocktail. Our survival surprises me when I consider such. I should reread this ribald novel quite soon.
Patrick Neylan
Readers expect Umberto Eco to take them on a stimulating journey of discovery as his characters unravel mysteries that take them to the heart of early Western civilisation. In The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum this style worked brilliantly. In the 'The Island of the Day Before' it fails catastrophically.

Eco spends hundreds of pages wallowing in his arcane knowledge, resorting to ever more desperate ploys to show off his learning, because this book has no plot to draw out those intelle
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Gavin
I originally read this when it first came out, but have just completed a reread.

It might be described as the ultimate shaggy dog story. Eco explores language to a large extent in this book with phrases that include multiple variations on a common stem, such as it was necessary that the necessities were provided or his intention was to intend on inattention. That kind of thing anyway.

His protagonist is stranded on a ship somewhere near the 180th meridian and writes of his past life, loves and fan
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Victoria Song
I was recommended to read Umberto Eco by a friend of mine, and I was not disappointed at all.

Eco's style is a bit dense, so I can imagine it would not appeal to a lot of people. However, it's also extremely lyrical and beautiful. The book itself is littered with debates on life and death, love, the nature of God and time itself. This is probably the book's greatest strength, as Eco writes so beautifully about such lofty ideals. So for anyone who's a fan of debating or philosophy would probably e
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Max Nemtsov
Прекрасный палимпсест популярного семиолога - швы, в отличие от "Маятника Фуко", здесь не торчат, а попытка проникнуть в донаучный ум достойна восхищения. Автор, конечно, сильно лукавит по ходу, однакож убедительно эмулирует это пограничное состояние между магическим и позитивистским сознанием, из которого произрастает что угодно волшебное и удивительное. Ну и, конечно, ужас и одиночество человека перед постижением мироздания... Если сейчас человечество еще в детстве познания, то Эко пытался заф ...more
Radwa
رواية داخل رواية داخل رواية!

مبدأياً الحبكة الرئيسية تدور حول روبارتو، رجل إيطالي غرقت سفينته ليجد نفسه هائماً في البحر على لوح خشبي يقوده إلى السفينة دافني، حيث يبدأ بالكتابة وإستعادة ذكريات حياته وإكتشاف مستقبله على تلك السفينة. السفينة تقع أمام الجزيرة التي تمر من خلالها الهاجرة التي تقسم العالم إلى نصفين، فعلى الجانب الآخر، لم ينته الأمس بعد، فالفارق الزمني أربع وعشرون ساعة.

الرواية تطرح وتتطرق لكل موضوع ممكن، الفيزياء، الجغرافيا، الدين، التاريخ، السياسة، الحب، لم يترك إيكو موضوعاً إلا وجعل ر
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GoldGato
I really wanted to like this book. While I'm not a big fan of Eco's books, I somehow seem to collect them, nonetheless. The premise wowed me, the cover art is righteous...and yet. And yet. The main character drove me crazy, Hamlet-style. He reminded me of the fear mongers who work 9-5 jobs, but never leave their unhappy jobs and go through life blaming others. It's like driving in the slow lane, even though all the other lanes are empty, and then getting unhappy because the slow lane is bumper-t ...more
Judith
Roberto della Griva abandons his sinking ship only to wash up aboard the mysteriously abandoned Dutch ship, Daphne. Within sight is the island of the day before, and if he could only swim, he could reach it, and change the direction of his fate.

Island of the Day Before has a deceptively simple premise, but goes way beyond it. There are actually a LOT of things going on in this book. The book not only chronicles Roberto’s days on board the Daphne, but also most of his life: from his first battle
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Laura
Sep 23, 2007 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This book fits the pattern I've come to expect in Umberto Eco's writing: an excellent story lost in a haze of random thoughts, obscure references, and all together too many words. I would love it if someone took this book's concept and turned it into the brilliant book that it deserves to be.
Kate
Jan 20, 2008 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, intellectuals
Shelves: favorites
Bust out the champagne - I finished this book and my head didn't crack. It is one of the most amazing, yet difficult, books I've ever read. The story presents itself on multiple levels: narrative, metaphoric, historical, imaginative, etc. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the convoluted writing style, which made me want to give up numerous times. I forged ahead because the question of "what's on the island?" kept nagging me.

I loved the historical portrait of this period, when people were e
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Scott Ford
Umberto Eco intellectualizes within the restraints of 17th century knowledge and superstition about the physics of the earth's rotation, natural phenomena, life, death, and love- which makes for an interesting thought-experiment, but becomes tedious for any reader living in the 21st century with more than a high-school education. The story follows a young man trapped on a 17th century ship in the lagoon of an island (Solomon Island, perhaps). Between the ship and the island supposedly runs the p ...more
Gabriel
Ah, Eco.

500 pages of blathering and blathering, and most of it what we would consider "junk science." And yet, this is still a curiously well-made novel.

This novel is the surface of the water-- you stare into it, and see things clearly, at such and such a depth and in such and such a relation to each other. There is a fish, swimming past a rock or over some bit of coral. You reach out your hand to touch it, to grab it, and find that the depth that you saw was an illusion: the fish easily slips o
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Brenna
I was loaned the book due to my fascination with Harrison and "The Longitude Problem". I had high hopes for this novel, and when describing some of the attempts by the English and the Dutch to discover longitude, or the difficulties faced by sailors in calculating it, I was perfectly satisfied. The description of the use of the Powder and Sympathy on an abused dog was poignant and frighteningly accurate. The use of Baroque scientific and philosophical language was a particularly clever way to tr ...more
Ajk
Nov 27, 2011 Ajk rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folks who have a thing for medieval intellectual life but not one for modern-day literature.
Shelves: funsies, fiction
it was very long, and I did not enjoy it. Which is odd, honestly, because I loved Eco's Foucault's Pendulum - one of my favorite books. This one was a whole lot more like, well, slogging through 500 pages written by a Semiotics professor.

The plot is kind of fantastic, though. A man gets shipwrecked, latches onto a raft, and then washes up onto an abandoned ship. He can't swim, so now he's shipwrecked on a ship. this ship, of course, is riddled with secrets.

And then, lecturing ensues. It's all ab
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Christian
I love words and beautiful writing, and therefore I love Umberto Eco.

The Island of the Day Before is like the finest red wine... deep, rich, layered with countless flavors and nuances, and deeply satisfying.

A man awakes to find himself on a well-stocked but abandoned sailing ship, moored in a tropical harbor. Young, nervous, and unable to swim, he is effectively held prisoner in this tropical paradise. Safe on board with provisions enough to feed an army, he has plenty of time for exercising his
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Abra
This book is really the pits. A total drag. I kept idiotically dreaming it would get better after the first hundred pages (as per Eco's post script to "Name of the Rose," which is a TRUE DREAM!)...two hundred...three hundred...and then I finished it. Should have thrown it against the wall like the previous reviewer.

Gave it two stars hoping the cosmos will hand one over to
"Name of the Rose."
Joey
Thank God it's over.
Sue
What a mess, at least for me. This book is a long winded, self important exercise in 17th century philosophy and church based pseudoscience. I like the story, I am really intrigued by it. I think a novel about a young man trapped on a ship who goes through a personal journey of self discovery could have been thought provoking, but this just goes off the rails in a spectacular way. Having to sit there and read over and over just ludicrous and flat out wrong theories became painful. Month Python g ...more
Ryan
There is too much philosophizing and painstaking narration which can weigh down the interest, though I must say that the prose is often imaginative. There are loads of awesome description and amusing digression (on astronomy, physics, Christianity). Eco’s agility as a storyteller is evident from his skillful juggling of scientific, historical, and philosophical ideas.

Eco luxuriates in lyrical language. His sentences are laden with details. The passages can be impressive for the sheer velocity of
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Matthew
I initially gave this three stars, but I have modified it to four. Those I know that read Eco and tried this one all say that this is his weakest book. I had a very different experience with it. When I gave it three stars initially, I did so in the context of the other books, The Name of the Rose: Including Postscript, Foucault's Pendulum, and Baudolino in particular. My feeling, like other readers, is that these books are stronger than Island, yet the imagines and scenes in Island have taken up ...more
Ben Babcock
Reading a book by Umberto Eco has become a yearly tradition since I joined Goodreads, and for 2010 I just managed to squeeze The Island of the Day Before under the wire. For the past two years, each Eco book has also made its respective year's list of the best ten books I read that year. If The Island does not join them in this honour, it is only because I have been lucky enough to read so many other great books in 2010. However, this is not a retrospective on my reading over the entire year; th ...more
Shelley
This is, by far, the most difficult novel I've ever read. I have never taken so long to finish a novel--ever. I studied the history of science and the history of early modern Europe in college (and recently refreshed my memory of both) and I'm pretty sure I caught maybe 20% of the scientific and philosophical references. At best.

As a means of putting the reader in the mindset of an early 17th century European, it's amazing. Flat out brilliant.

As a novel, it's slow, frustrating, and unsatisfyin
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Debbie
Ok, I must say that I personally didn't feel this book. But it is incredibly well-written and good. However, it was just too smart for me, honestly. I mean, parts of it were incredibly interesting, but the book as a whole, I didn't get. I really liked the premise of the search for the secret of longitude, and the various philosophical discussions of the period really made me think. I mean, we rarely think about how far we've come in the last few hundred years scientifically, and the distress the ...more
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