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Baudolino by Umberto Eco
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Aug 08, 10

Read in July, 2010

Not having been too impressed with The Island of the Day Before, it took me a while to get back to this one, which I picked up at the same time. I'm glad that I finally did. I'd have no hesitation recommending this to someone who enjoyed The Name of the Rose: Including Postscript-- they strike a similar balance. The historical setting is very strong, the narrator is interesting and well-realized, and there's literary depth rather than the self-conscious cleverness that often passes for it.

This is a book with several marked shifts, between relatively straightforward historical fiction and more fantastic sequences and most of the way back again. Making that cohere is no small matter in itself, but I think it's a much more interesting book than either portion handled separately would have made.
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