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The Island of the Day Before

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  12,615 ratings  ·  572 reviews
After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing.

As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he remembers
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 5th 2006 by Mariner Books (first published September 1994)
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Jon Melsæter
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I can't count the times I've tried to write a review of an Eco-book, whether physically or in my head, then decided to drop it.

Where does one start? How does one review a product of an intellect such as Eco's, a scholar in semiotics, history and god knows what else? Many reviews I've read here on The Island Of The Day Before are just plain moronic - outbursts of frustration because someone expected to grasp the contexts and countless themes it covers as easily as an airport-bestseller. I have a
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Owlseyes by: eco lei
Eco:" We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It's a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don't want to die".
Interview in Der Spiegel, November 11, 2009

UPDATE; thank you Eco...

Umberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, Dies

Stultus! Whom do I talk to?
Miserable y
Mohammed Arabey
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
من منا لم يحلم بالعودة لليوم السابق...لتصحيح خطأ سبق
حتي يهوذا ليود لو يعود لليوم السابق لخيانته
ولكن ماذا لو كان اليوم السابق امامك؟ لكنك لا تستطيع بلوغه؟

"وهكذا، حتي وإن كان أحد افتراضي صالحا لمواصلة السرد، فلن تكون له خاتمة خليقة بأن تروي، وستترك كل قارئ مستاء وغير راض
وحتي على هذا الشكل لا تصلح قصة روبارتو لأي وعظ أخلاقى - وسنبقي دائما نتساءل لماذا حدث ما حدث - مستنتجين انه في الحياة تحدث الأشياء لأنها تحدث
"وليس الا في "بلد الروايات" تبدو انها تحدث لهدف ما أو لسبب ما
هكذا، مبتورة أنتهت الرحلة ا
Mar 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
was enthralled by The Name of the Rose as a work of historical fiction; loved reading Focault's Pendulum (anyone who enjoyed reading The DaVini Code should read this to experience a real historical-religious thriller.

The Island of the Day Before? this book inspired me to swear never to read a book written by Umberto Eco again. why? i had not made it all the way through Chapter 1 when i encountered the following sentence:

"It is only later that he will assume, in dreams, that the plank, by some me
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كعادة (إيكو) فرواياته مرهقة للعقل , مجهدة للذهن , تحتاج إلى تركيز عميق و استيعاب لأفكاره السامية .

المهم : أننا أمام رواية من الطراز الثقيل , تلك الروايات التي تحمل في مضمونها أضعاف ما يبدو منها من أفكار و غايات ,
هو عمل عن الانسان ورحلته الفانية في هذه الدنيا , ما نريد وما نستطيع بلوغه , كيف هي هذه الرحلة , وكيف نتعامل معها , وكيف تخدعنا الحياة ببريقها الزائف لتخطف منا أعز ما نملك , وكيف يكون العقل لعنة , والخيال جحيم .

العمل ببساطة مطلقة يقدم لنا نموذج إنساني جميل , عن تائه عصفت به الدنيا , من ح
Maria Thomarey
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αυτο το βιβλιο το διάβασα λιγο μετα την 999 προσπάθεια μου να διαβάσω τον " αλχημιστή" και ενω ο κοσμος γύρω μου υστεριαζοταν με το "φιλόσοφο-κλισεδιαρη" Κοεολιο. Οταν λοιπον διάβασα αυτο το υπέροχο βιβλιο του Εκο , αναρωτήθηκα γιατι ο κοσμος ηταν τοσο επιρρεπής στις Κοέλιο ευκολίες .... βεβαια μετα εγινε σταρ η Δημουλίδου και έπαψα να αναρωτιέμαι ......
ο Εκο σε αυτο το σχετικά μικρο βιβλιο μπερδεύει γλυκά την ιστορια ,την φαντασία ,την θρησκεία και τις παραβολές και την φιλοσοφία . Α! Και οπως
Biron Paşa
Hayatım boyunca okuduğum en dolu, en edebî, en zekice üç-beş kitaptan biri Önceki Günün Adası. Umberto Eco'nun yazarlık serüvenindeki gelişimi açısından da müthiş bir sıçrama.

Biz Gülün Adı'nda edebiyatı bilen çok zeki bir tarihçinin romanını okumuştuk. Foucault Sarkacı'nda Belbo'nun baskın olarak Proust ve Joyce etkisindeki yazı dosyalarıyla Eco'nun edebî biçimsel denemelerini tarihle birleştirdiğini, edebiyatını çok daha oyunlu hale getirdiğini okumuştuk. Ama yine de bu da bir tarihçinin roman
Maksym Karpovets
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have no clear idea why people don’t like this book, because I do really think that is one of the most luminous Eco’s novels. The form of The Island of the Day Before (1994) could seem very simple, but it is not true. As often for Eco’s literal strategy he tries to mask a various citations, allusions and parallels with cultural and historical basis. Every novel looks like intertextual garland of signs and senses which are masterly contained into historical or philosophical fiction, detective or ...more
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
تدور أحداث الرواية حول شاب إيطالي من القرون الوسطى قد علق على متن سفينة مهجورة و مركونة قرب حيد مرجاني و أمام ناظريه جزيرة يعجز عن الوصول إليها... هذه الجزيرة بحسب ما كان يُعتقد في ذاك الزمن تقع على خط الهاجرة الذي يشكل الفاصل بين الأمس و اليوم...

أسلوب الرواية لذيذ و مسل و لامألوف فهي تنُقل على لسان إيكو الذي ينقل لنا القصة من خلال أوراق تركها الشاب على السفينة و يحاول إيكو في أثناء ذلك تحليل ما جرى مع الشاب و تفلت من بين السطور السخرية من طريقة الشاب في الكتابة و أسلوبه و طريقة تفكيره و بكل ما
Jul 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Usually, I have one of three reactions to a book: I love it and plow through it, I hate it and put it down within 50 pages, or I like it and take my time, possibly reading other books simultaneously. This one ... oy. Because of The Name of the Rose, I kept expecting it to be good - or, more accurately, to get better. I waited 100 pages. Then 200 pages. Then 300 pages. Finally, I threw it across the room in frustration at 350 pages. I'm still bitter.
Vit Babenco
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I surmise Umberto Eco envisaged The Island of the Day Before as an antithesis of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – instead of a man surviving on a deserted island he portrayed his character secluded on a deserted ship and immersed him into all kinds of abstract cerebral musings.
But this somewhat artificial idea could only have somewhat artificial realization so the novel right from the start turned into elaborate exercises in style and erudition.
“Now I would say that harking back, on the ship,
Patrick Neylan
Sep 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Readers expect Umberto Eco to take them on a stimulating journey of discovery as his characters unravel mysteries that take them to the heart of early Western civilisation. In The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum this style worked brilliantly. In the 'The Island of the Day Before' it fails catastrophically.

Eco spends hundreds of pages wallowing in his arcane knowledge, resorting to ever more desperate ploys to show off his learning, because this book has no plot to draw out those intelle
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية داخل رواية داخل رواية!

مبدأياً الحبكة الرئيسية تدور حول روبارتو، رجل إيطالي غرقت سفينته ليجد نفسه هائماً في البحر على لوح خشبي يقوده إلى السفينة دافني، حيث يبدأ بالكتابة وإستعادة ذكريات حياته وإكتشاف مستقبله على تلك السفينة. السفينة تقع أمام الجزيرة التي تمر من خلالها الهاجرة التي تقسم العالم إلى نصفين، فعلى الجانب الآخر، لم ينته الأمس بعد، فالفارق الزمني أربع وعشرون ساعة.

الرواية تطرح وتتطرق لكل موضوع ممكن، الفيزياء، الجغرافيا، الدين، التاريخ، السياسة، الحب، لم يترك إيكو موضوعاً إلا وجعل ر
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was recommended to read Umberto Eco by a friend of mine, and I was not disappointed at all.

Eco's style is a bit dense, so I can imagine it would not appeal to a lot of people. However, it's also extremely lyrical and beautiful. The book itself is littered with debates on life and death, love, the nature of God and time itself. This is probably the book's greatest strength, as Eco writes so beautifully about such lofty ideals. So for anyone who's a fan of debating or philosophy would probably e
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favorite Eco book. Got to give Annie props for recommending this one to me. Who knew that longitude could be such an interesting ontological motif?
Aiden Heavilin
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Shipwrecked on a ship. Such is the predicament of Roberto della Griva, who, having survived the torments of the open ocean on board floating debris, discovers an enormous, abandoned ship resting in the water outside a mysterious island. He pulls himself on board and finds the ship empty, yet fully stocked, as if recently abandoned. The ship is vast and full of strange rooms. He discovers a garden populated with dozens of exotic birds, a room stocked with all manner of ticking clocks... As he exp
Max Nemtsov
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ru-versions
Прекрасный палимпсест популярного семиолога - швы, в отличие от "Маятника Фуко", здесь не торчат, а попытка проникнуть в донаучный ум достойна восхищения. Автор, конечно, сильно лукавит по ходу, однакож убедительно эмулирует это пограничное состояние между магическим и позитивистским сознанием, из которого произрастает что угодно волшебное и удивительное. Ну и, конечно, ужас и одиночество человека перед постижением мироздания... Если сейчас человечество еще в детстве познания, то Эко пытался заф ...more
Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it
I really hated this book. I choked through it due to the sheer fortitude engendered by my unreasonable need to finish every book that I start. Every. Single. Book. Had I been able to dismiss it, I would have. A friend once told me that I should read Eco's essays, and that his fiction was an attempt to destroy overly-used literary devices of current literature by gluttonously indulging in them. I've never actually bothered to look into whether or not it was true because, truthfully, it's the myth ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this one in the late 90s, bought a copy for my best friend shortly thereafter. I saw Ray Rizzo with a copy one evening at Ramsi's, I told him I enjoyed it and replied that he was eager for the challenge. He later played with Days of the New. Oh, those 90s! It was all optimism and challenges were there. Hubris was our cocktail. Our survival surprises me when I consider such. I should reread this ribald novel quite soon.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اگر ساعت هفت صبح توكيو رو به قصد هنولولو (شهري در هاوايي) ترك كنيد، ساعت چهار و نيم عصر روز قبل به مقصد مي رسيد.

پرواز یونایتد ایرلاینز در تاریخ يك ژانویه دو هزار و هفده از شانگهای پرواز کرد و در تاریخ سي و يك دسامبر دو هزار و شانزده در سانفرانسیسکو به زمین نشست.

چنانچه دقيقاً در نيمه شب در خط نصف النهار حضور داشته باشيد، اگر به سمت غرب نگاه كنيد نيمه شب جمعه را خواهيد ديد و چنانچه به شرق بنگريد هنوز هم نيمه شب پنجشنبه را خواهيد ديد.

حتي در همين قرن بيست و يك طول هاي جغرافيايي موضوعي جالب و اسرار آ
Yehia Nasser
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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رواية معقدة مرهقة فلسفية من الدرجة الاولى

عن كل شىء ولاشىء

Apr 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
I originally read this when it first came out, but have just completed a reread.

It might be described as the ultimate shaggy dog story. Eco explores language to a large extent in this book with phrases that include multiple variations on a common stem, such as it was necessary that the necessities were provided or his intention was to intend on inattention. That kind of thing anyway.

His protagonist is stranded on a ship somewhere near the 180th meridian and writes of his past life, loves and fan
Mohamed Shady
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: إيكو
يبدو أن إيكو يملك، بجانب قدرته على الحكى، قدرة مذهلة على إثارة الملل والرغى بلا طائل..
Procyon Lotor
Libro complessissimo, di oscura meccanica e poetica uscito forse prima che un commando di editor se ne occupasse. Il fegato di andare a riveder le bozze di chi aspira ad essere recensito dall'Aquinate o da un par suo non ce l'ha nessuno; tranne forse Calasso ma Eco pubblica per tradizione da Bompiani. Cosa c'�: Nel famosissimo nome della rosa, c'erano livelli di lettura ben separati e chiara distinzione fra la vicenda e gli extratesti e paratesti per non dire delle eventuali filosofie e cosmolog ...more
Judith Arvesu
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
Roberto della Griva abandons his sinking ship only to wash up aboard the mysteriously abandoned Dutch ship, Daphne. Within sight is the island of the day before, and if he could only swim, he could reach it, and change the direction of his fate.

Island of the Day Before has a deceptively simple premise, but goes way beyond it. There are actually a LOT of things going on in this book. The book not only chronicles Roberto’s days on board the Daphne, but also most of his life: from his first battle
Sep 23, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This book fits the pattern I've come to expect in Umberto Eco's writing: an excellent story lost in a haze of random thoughts, obscure references, and all together too many words. I would love it if someone took this book's concept and turned it into the brilliant book that it deserves to be.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
English below Italian

Un libro incredibile. Lo scenario temporale che fa da sfondo alla storia è l’Italia secentesca, quella della dominazione spagnola, delle competizioni europee per la conquista dei mari, della scienza che sfida la religione. Ma l’avventura del protagonista, il piemontese Roberto de la Grive, inizia tra
il luglio e l’agosto del 1643 quando, dopo il naufragio della nave Amarilli, vaga per giorni sulle onde del mare del sud legato ad una tavola. Alla
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs, intellectuals
Shelves: favorites
Bust out the champagne - I finished this book and my head didn't crack. It is one of the most amazing, yet difficult, books I've ever read. The story presents itself on multiple levels: narrative, metaphoric, historical, imaginative, etc. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the convoluted writing style, which made me want to give up numerous times. I forged ahead because the question of "what's on the island?" kept nagging me.

I loved the historical portrait of this period, when people were e
I really wanted to like this book. While I'm not a big fan of Eco's books, I somehow seem to collect them, nonetheless. The premise wowed me, the cover art is righteous...and yet. And yet. The main character drove me crazy, Hamlet-style. He reminded me of the fear mongers who work 9-5 jobs, but never leave their unhappy jobs and go through life blaming others. It's like driving in the slow lane, even though all the other lanes are empty, and then getting unhappy because the slow lane is bumper-t ...more
Hameed Younis
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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كم مر من الزمن ولم اوجد، وكم سيمر بعد ان افنى! انني احتل فضاء ضئيلا جدا في هوة السنوات. هذه المساحة الضئيلة لا تقدر ان تميزني عن اللا شيء الذي ساغيب فيه. لم اجيء الى الدنيا الا لاكون عددا لا غير. ودوري كان من الضآلة حتى لو انني بقيت في خلفية المسرح لقال المتفرجون مع ذلك ان المهزلة كانت رائعة
ةما في الزوبعة: هناك من يغرق على الفور وآخر ينكسر على الصخور وهناك كن يبقى متشبثا بلوحة عائمة، ولكن لمدة غير طويلة. الحياة تنطفيء من تلقاء نفسها، مثل شمعة التهمت مادتها ويجب ان تعتاد على ذلك، لاننا مثل الشمعة
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Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books, and certainly one of the finest authors of the twentieth century. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His pe ...more
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