One is likely to feel humbled in the face of Eco's erudition and knowledge on display in this novel (which sometimes, I guess, can impede enjoyment of a novel that often is frolicking good fun); it reminds me of a highly intellectualized version of Yann Martel's Life of Pi. When it works, though, wow, it's quite stunning. It's exotic, it's challenging as it probes the big questions of religion and philosophy, it's mysterious, and it's a bit creepy. It's a shipwreck tale like no other, and you'll learn everything you've ever wanted to know about antipodes and meridians. Oh, one of my all-time favorite titles, too, probably!