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Seperate Plot thread 11 25 Nov 29, I have no regrets reading any of them but I doubt I will return to any of them as they frustrated me to no end and I was not left with a feeling of pendlo or wonder or sense that I had read anything close uberto a masterpiece but rather more like half finished paintings or half formed statuestepid tea, cold pizza.

Only down side is that after gruelling pages the finale was not really a finale, I felt a little cheated after all the effort, and wished for another 50 pages or so, as to reach some sort of closure. The interludes from his childhood serve as stark contrast to the mythical world of cults and conspiracies. How Foucault’s Pendulum Works Maybe 1. Very patient Eco fans is there any other kind? View all 13 comments.

The narrator is named Casaubon, and I’m very glad I read Middlemarch before reading this book.

So whether you’re a Jungian seeker, a literary delver, a philosopher, or an occultist, I can guarantee a wild ride in this novel, perhaps one the best ever written. It is a reminder of the Let’s be clear: The satirical novel is full of esoteric references to Kabbalahalchemyand conspiracy theory —so many umgerto critic and novelist Anthony Burgess suggested that it needed an index.

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The narrative parallels the characters’ journey in its own structure, beginning with a strong foundation in logical principles and eventually transforming into a very spiritual, emotional text.


Told mostly in flashback, the story is thickened with tales of the end of the second world war, loves and loves lost, the changing of regimes and the changing of revolutionaries as they age, often without grace. He also maintains a diary in which he fictionalizes his past and present. Eco gives us an unreliable narrator so that we’re forced to think critically about the story we’re given and wonder how much is true and how much may be the feverish imaginings of an unbalanced, misguided mind.

You were caressing your belly, your breasts, even your ear lobes.

Foucault’s Pendulum 3 umberho They were all extremely long books that perplexed me and I had to push push push to get through. The Plan starts to get away from them. Nevertheless, many conspiracy theorists still persist in believing that the Priory of Sion is an age-old cabal that conceals a subversive secret.

You illuminated both of us.

You understand everything when there is no longer anything to understand. Diotallevi quips “Facies hermetica”, and from then on it’s an in-joke.

Then again, probably not. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The second time I read this novel, I had read at least a dozen books either related or referenced in this novel, and by then I understood a greater majority of the in-jokes, and more importantly, I understood the book’s message to stay grounded at all times, or you might fly away in the world of conspiracies or get lost in the labyrinths of the diabolicals. Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon quickly become submerged in occult manuscripts that draw all sorts of flimsy connections between historical events.

Dec 27, Traveller rated it really liked it Shelves: I read a lot, and the people around me are used to seeing a new book in my hand every day or couple of days. If we map the path of the bob, it will look something like this except that there would be 24 repetitions instead of eight: Ardenti mysteriously vanishes after meeting with Belbo and Casaubon to discuss his book. Garamond his name refers to French publisher Claude Garamondto research illustrations for a history of metals the company is preparing.


I know you will take good care of Guilio. English Choose a language for shopping. It’s supposed to be, I think, but the tension is lost in the morass of dialogue and background.

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There is an overlap in the fact that all three books deal with conspiracies that revolve around the mystical and mythical order of the Knight’s Templar, view spoiler [ who were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders foucsult were among the most prominent actors of Christian finance.

If you add 3 and 5, you get 8, which is exactly twice the number of circles on the sheet. The main characters begin as sceptics, working for a publishing house that’s allied with a vanity press, who begin constructing a fictitious Plan by connecting seemingly-disparate historical facts. A Post-Modernist Prank The Post-Modern aspects of the novel derive from the narrative in which its three protagonists Casaubon, Belbo and Diotallevi resolve to fabricate a work of esoterica, so that a specialist publisher for which they work foucxult capitalize on a credulous market “the Plan”.

Wiktionarythe free dictionary, has a concordance of the ‘difficult’ words from Foucault’s Pendulum. His narratives abandon his strict realism and become increasingly inclined towards the supernatural as the novel progresses.

Preview — Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. The foundation stone is: