Eco, Dickens, who else?

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Mon Feb 10 00:37:56 EST 2003

>>This happened to me with _Name of the Rose_, where I tried reading it at 15
>>and couldn't get it, and read it two years later and loved it.
>Have you tried Eco's newest novel, _Baudolino_? It is much more like 
>the Name of the Rose than any of his other novels. I loved it, 
>mainly because the topic of the novel and my PhD thesis have some 
>massive areas of overlap. I felt a bit like he was writing the book 
>for me, particularly. Anyway, my husband liked it too - he liked 
>Foucault's Pendulum as well, which I did not.

I adored "The Name of the Rose". I read it in my second year of 
college while I was taking a Latin course and relished in being able 
to translate the Latin quotes - which, from what I remember, is what 
you have to do to figure out the title of the book (my memory may be 
very faulty, it's been a while!).

"Foucault's Pendulum" on the other hand, I didn't quite finish. I 
mean that literally. I read it until I was about 30 or 40 pages from 
the end and decided that I just didn't care and that I'd wasted 
enough time on it already. So I put it down. I may go back to it 


Fairy tales are not true--fairy tales are important, and they are not 
true, they are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons 
exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.
G.K. Chesterton

Ian W. Riddell
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