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How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays by Umberto Eco
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May 17, 09

bookshelves: short-stories-essays
Read in May, 2009, read count: 2

I just re-read this book, which I first read maybe 10 years ago. I'm not sure why, but before re-reading it, I had it in my head that it was a really great book, and I gave it 4 stars from memory. Maybe because I was younger and less well-read when I first read it, so it made a bigger impression on me? I don't know, but anyway, after reading it again, I'm downgrading it to 2 stars. :P I'd actually give it 2 1/2 if I could.

There were a handful of essays, mostly towards the beginning and end, that I thought were clever. He uses various types of humor, drawing on wit as well as absurdity. A few essays could probably be qualified as "intellectual", but others might as well have been written by Dave Barry or Douglas Adams - not a dig, as I actually do enjoy both of those writers - but just not as ingenious or hilarious as I previously thought. I thought a couple of essays belabored the point, and were a few pages too long.
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