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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco
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Jul 13, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: very smart people
Read in July, 2008

This one almost escaped the trap into which all of Eco's books eventually fall. I was maybe 30 or 40 pages from the end, and was ready to breathe a sigh of relief that the story hadn't plunged off a cliff into a morass of philosophical rambling...and then it happened. In this case, it was more of a dream or a delerium, which made it more interesting but harder to follow.

Up until that moment, though, when memories became a flood of mixed up images slipping increasingly into chaos, this was a stellar read. Of Eco's books, this one focuses most on a single individual, and makes that character very real. The constant overlay of literary and cultural references (very intentional and a critical part of the story) made me wish there were an annotated version.

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