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...more
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...more
It's an interesting read, but be prepared for a lot of 17th century intellectualizing, philosophy, and multiple plots to the point where unless you can get into that kind of thing - obviously that's not for everyone - you may want to consider another of Eco's books to start. I have to admit that while I enjoyed it, It did take more effort to read than one might expect of a novel. Ulitmate...more
I usually forgive Eco's verbosity and excesses of exposition because at their heart his stories are wonderful mysteries which unfold by degrees until they are fully revealed. The Island of the Day Before has many of the elements which I enjoyed in 'The Name of the Rose' and 'Foucault's Pendulum' spec...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
"A few dozen pages from the end of the book I got that horrible sinking feeling when I realized I wasn't far from the end with no decent resolution to the narrative in sight. Instead of tying up some of the loose ends Eco rather spends a dozen pages having Roberto philosophizing about the life of a stone. Which perhaps is an appropriate end because if you decide to read this book you must have rocks in your head"
I must say I completely agree. I liked the book very much for t...more
Gave it two stars hoping the cosmos will hand one over to
"Name of the Rose."
This book was a fun read. It's the first Eco novel I've tried and it makes me want more. Eco sort of reminds me of an Italian Walker Percy. The plot(s) are fun and full of random turns that almost feel like real life....more
This is a rare thing in historical fiction as too many authors cannot resist the urge to make their protagonists sympathetic to our postmodern tastes. If the past had been populated by even ten per cent of the anachronistic...more
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...more
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...more
Nell'estate del 1643 un giovane piemontese naufraga, nei mari del sud, su di una nave deserta. Di fronte a lui un'Isola che non può raggiungere. Intorno a lui un ambiente apparentemente accogliente. Solo, su un mare sconosciuto, Roberto de la Grive vede per la prima volta in vita sua cieli, acque, uccelli, piante, pesci e coralli che non sa come nominare. Scrive lettere d'amore, attraverso le quali si indovina la sua storia: una lenta e traumatica iniziazione al mondo secentesco della n
Eco è uno dei miei autori preferiti. Mi piacciono i suoi diversi livelli di lettura, da quello aulico (latino, neologismi, parole antiche, riferimenti storici) a quello più terra terra (la storia vera e propria, quella che piace ai lettori, quella per cui un lettore si avvicina a sfogliare uno scritto).
Nel Nome della Rosa e nel Pendolo di Focault questi due livelli funzionano molto bene (in particolare nel primo, un capolavoro della letteratura), ma qui ne l'isola del giorn...more