L'isola del giorno prima
Nell'estate del 1643 un giovane piemontese naufraga, nei mari del sud, su di una nave deserta. Di fronte a lui un'Isola che non può raggiungere. Intorno a lui un ambiente apparentemente accogliente. Solo, su un mare sconosciuto, Roberto de la Grive vede per la prima volta in vita sua cieli, acque, uccelli, piante, pesci e coralli che non sa come nominare. Scrive lettere...more
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 ...more
Interview in Der Spiegel, November 11, 2009
UPDATE; thank you Eco...
Umberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, Dies
By JONATHAN KANDELLFEB. 19, 2016
Stultus! Whom do I talk to?
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
At any point the book, I can sit back and enjoy the text, the dry accounting of an anonymous scholar as he (or she) goes over ...more
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 ...more
Eco was a great writer. His erudition was legendary and the two previous novels of his that I had completed expressed this well with great storytelling and suspense mixed with a welcome knowledge of the late Middle ages and early Modern period of Europe. While 'The Island of the Day Before', shares these same qualities, it is a completely different monster. At times, I found myself lost in the philosophical (perhaps pseudo-philosophical) meanderings of Roberto and his cohorts and that took ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I loved the historical portrait of this period, when people were ...more
Sometimes two or three people are involved in the translation. He does write a good yarn, especially where historical fiction is concerned.
I still think Focault’s Pendulum is his best work followed by The Prague Cemetery
The plot is kind of fantastic, though. A man gets shipwrecked, latches onto a raft, and then washes up onto an abandoned ship. He can't swim, so now he's shipwrecked on a ship. this ship, of course, is riddled with secrets.
And then, lecturing ensues. It's all ...more
As a means of putting the reader in the mindset of an early 17th century European, it's amazing. Flat out brilliant.
As a novel, it's slow, frustrating, and ...more
A mixture of Don Quijote and Moby Dick, had come this novel. Intending to write a study about it soon. AS usual, the magician was playing, throwing his codes, here and there, waiting for his "model reader" to interpret, (and to EXTRA-interpret), and, as I was supposing while proceeding; it's a big metaphor, or, by his tongue: " … they are mannered exercises".
Il maestro era un giocatore, un attore e un auonatore.
Gave it two stars hoping the cosmos will hand one over to
"Name of the Rose."
500 pages of blathering and blathering, and most of it what we would consider "junk science." And yet, this is still a curiously well-made novel.
This novel is the surface of the water-- you stare into it, and see things clearly, at such and such a depth and in such and such a relation to each other. There is a fish, swimming past a rock or over some bit of coral. You reach out your hand to touch it, to grab it, and find that the depth that you saw was an illusion: the fish easily slips ...more
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