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The meanderings of Eco in this book are as dull as the main character.
There are few books where the prose so perfectly transcends the plot that the end result is the purified, refined pleasure of reading beautifully crafted writing.
It's just that, for all the sound and fury, not a lot seems to really happen, and at the end of the day I felt that I wanted something that wasn't there.
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 20 days ago by W. Jamison
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Daniel Simpson
Great story (albeit long) story about the quest for latitude and the origins of Greenwich Meridian Time. Read morePublished 6 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 10 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 10 months ago by Lorraine Connors
This is probably the most difficult novel I've ever read. I have never taken so long to finish a novel--ever. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SCM
Once again, my fault. I ordered this book based on the recommendations of friends, and found that the book was not remotely up my alley. Read morePublished 16 months ago by George Tennant
This was a book I needed for a class, it was much less expensive here and the quality was wonderful.Published on January 27, 2013 by Jen Allen