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The Island of the Day Before Paperback – June 5, 2006
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He is the author of several bestselling novels, The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of The Day Before, and Baudolino. His collections of essays include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Travels In Hyperreality, and How To Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays.
He has also written academic texts and children's books.
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Top Customer Reviews
But a clever title is not all to be found with this Umberto Eco novel. Theology; existentialism; lost language; and even one of my favorite words (discovered first while performing in 'The Pirates of Penzance); escutcheon.
Others criticize Eco on his meandering thoughts and ideas; on his half-truths/half-fictions; his playful use of alternate reality; and his obvious disregard for probability. I say 'what the heck are you reading Eco for, then?'
It took me four years of owning this book to read it. Prior to this, I could not do it. But now, with Name of the Rose and Baudolino under my belt, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, devouring it from cover to cover, and opening my mind to all that Eco has to offer...
Roberto, the 'hero' of the story, finds himself stranded on board the Daphne, a boat anchored just offshore an unreachable island. Without wind, without crew, and without a know-how of swimming, Roberto explores his new 'prison', having survived a shipwreck of the vessel Amaryllis.
Finding that he is indeed NOT alone on the boat, Roberto prepares to flush out the intruder and face him down. But what Roberto discovers is not quite what he set out to find.Read more ›
Cardinal Richelieu's successor charges Roberto with the task of discerning the secrets of longitude while embarked upon an English vessel. In a storm, the vessel is lost and Roberto, lashed to a door, days later is cast upon an abandoned ship anchored near an uncharted island in the Pacific.
From here, Eco takes the reader on a philosophical, metaphysical, and mystical trip that is not nearly as entertaining as his preceding narrative. Roberto wrestles the mysteries of time, space, heaven and hell, and authors a romance in which he wins the hand of his true love from the cold and calculating grasp of his imaginary brother.
It is all a bit much. Several pages are devoted to the self-awareness of stone. Though the book has some fascinating stretches, in the end, Eco's endeavor for abstract slays the rythym a good novel needs. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it, but I would not recommend it as a "must" read.
While still a young child, Roberto manages to convince himself that he has an evil brother, Ferrante, kept secret by his family, to whom he ascribes all his bad actions. Ferrante serves to explain Roberto's bad luck, for everything bad that happens to Roberto is Ferrante's fault and Roberto must therefore go through life being punished for Ferrante's misdeeds.
At the age of sixteen, Roberto's father is killed at the Siege of Casale, the fortress guarding the frontier between Italy and France. Roberto manages to return to Italy long enough to arrange a yearly income for himself before travelling to France.
Roberto arrives in Paris in the early 1640s, at the moment of the transition of power between Cardinal Richelieu and Cardinal Mazarin. Having an interest in astronomy and philosophy, Roberto frequents the scientific salons and we learn much about the early 17th century. During the course of his visits, Roberto falls in love with one the great ladies of Paris and mistakenly believes that she returns his love. He begins writing her a series of leters that eventually fall into the hands of the narrator and form the basis of the book.
Ferrante intervenes, however, in the guise of Cardinal Mazarin and Roberto's carefree life in Paris comes to an end. France is engaged in a race with England to find the answer to the problem of longitude, and Mazarin blackmails Roberto into booking passage on the Dutch vessel, the Amaryllis, bound for the South Seas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cumbersome. It took until page 250 to become even mildly interesting.Published 6 months ago by Susan Morrison
In the mid-17th century, due to major storm at sea, Roberto della Griva, becomes shipwrecked. Roberto escapes to another ship, the Daphne, which though full of provisions and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by IRA Ross
I hate ships. Drowning dreams are the worst. But if I ever get a ship I will sail in and out of tomorrow. (Easy to do when sailing by the International Date Line.)Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
All I can add to what other reviewers have written is that this book has the BEST LAST SENTENCE of any novel I've ever read.Published 13 months ago by Susan Smily
As an English major, I found myself challenged by this book. It was a hard read for me, but it was very educational. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Daniel Simpson
Great story (albeit long) story about the quest for latitude and the origins of Greenwich Meridian Time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by MR DP ACHESON
A very difficult and often unintelligible book which I cannot recommend to anyone (and I have a PhD in English literature).Published 21 months ago by Earle Williams
Imagine being forced to set sail under the penalty of death or the dungeon if you refuse on a ship that cannot tell exactly where it is at any given time as the Chronometer has not... Read morePublished 22 months ago by cook by the book
This is probably the most difficult novel I've ever read. I have never taken so long to finish a novel--ever. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SCM