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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
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Dec 03, 2011

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Essentially, this is all the most dreary parts of Foucault's Pendulum, where Eco eschews any actually interesting narrative to reconstruct the mother of all conspiracy theories by linking a bunch of disparate things. The construction of it is a little interesting, it is told by two characters who seem to be multiple personalities of the same body, with a narrating interleaved in their shared journal. Then he has his narrator say in big letters doesn't this sound suspicious, almost like the plot of a novel! So there are some interesting things going on here at a meta-level, but they're all more interesting in Foucault's Pendulum and Baudolino and the object level story is rather tedious.

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