It’s time to re-read Eco

I love Umberto Eco‘s Foucault’s Pendulum. I’ve re-read it five times. I’ve been meaning to read it again and relive how Belbo, Causubon and Diotallevi spun a tale of global conspiracy to hide the Knights Templars’ closely guarded secret – a source of tremendous power.

The urge to re-read the book came with the approach of the anniversary of the Martial Law declaration. I asked myself: what if I’ve been of the right age during Martial Law? Would I have had the courage to fight the dictatorship? I then thought to myself that I was behaving like Belbo – who was tortured by a similar question. He kept asking himself, had he been of the right age during the war, would he have sided with the fascists or the rebels?

Deadlines and other concerns pushed my mental note to re-read the book out of my mind until I saw this posted near our office:
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I have to re-read the book again. Eco uses words like metempsychosis, for help here’s a concordance of the words from the book.

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3 responses

  1. An Eco fan too? =)

    But I prefer his essays and The Name of the Rose, to be honest. I love his essays because of the wit he incorporates in a lot of them.

    I wish I could afford to buy books these days though. I want a copy of Kant and the Platypus, Faith in Fakes and On Literature among other titles. I don’t have a copy of any of his books. I’ve borrowed them in the library when I was in college and recently from a friend.

  2. I also love The Name of the Rose. I’ve re-read it a few times. I’ll probably read it again after Foucault’s Pendulum 🙂 . I never tire of re-reading his books just as I never get bored re-reading Tolkien’s works.

  3. Glad to hear that =) Last month I think Eco was Power Books author of the month.

    I really wish I could afford to buy new books… Especially the Name of the Rose. Anyhow you might want to check this out?

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