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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.
Great story (albeit long) story about the quest for latitude and the origins of Greenwich Meridian Time. Read morePublished 4 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 14 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 23 months ago by Jen Allen
It is a bit tedious to read. It reminds me a great deal of the first chapter in Turn of the Screw. You are getting the story 3rd hand.Published 23 months ago by Beatrice P. Yaxley
It's difficult to see only a three and a half-star rating for such an intriguing novel. Eco captures the spirit of Dumas and Raspe and, once again, plunges into history with a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by trevornewland
It took two attempts to finish this novel, but, emboldened by "Baudolino" I determined to set out again. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Barbara Stoner