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Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
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May 27, 09

Read in May, 2009

This is a very interesting book.. one of a kind! Starts with a Latin phrase and a dramatic, yet scientific description of the Foucault's pendulum. Then, it seems to go back and forth for a bit till the three main personalities are well-established.

After that, the story goes way over your head for a while with monologues where the author describes the Templars, Rosicrucians and other secret societies. Brief respite is provided by lovely dialogues on morons and cretins as well as the narrator's hilarious attempt to crack a password.

A section of the book passes and proves to be very laborious reading. However, no matter how badly you wanna drop the book at this stage, plough on. The denouement will soon take a turn for the better to go on to a very interesting finish.

In light of having read this book, I now understand Eco's remark on Dan Brown being one of the characters in this book. How true he was!

My great regret, though, is that the characterisation of some of the important leads, like Lia and Amparo, for instance, is very hollow and should have had more depth.
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