After losing his memory, antique book dealer Yambo delves into the past through re-visiting the cultural history of the 1930-40s – from comic books to classics of Italian literature, music and films. Although I loved the concept of this book, the Proustian search for lost memories, the introspection, and the heavy dose of literature with which I was unfamiliar made it slow going. The parts about World War Two were fascinating and went much more quickly. 5* for concept and being well written, 2* for sluggishness and unfamiliarity of subject matter which were all on my part, not the author's, therefore I'll give this 4*.
This was my first Umberto Eco
, The Name of the Rose: Including Postscript
is next on the list.