"This uneven collection reflects the Italian scholar's love of the Middle Ages--one essay compares American universities to monasteries, another focuses on Thomas Aquinas--though, for the most part, Eco relentlessly analyzes the present," reported PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This smorgasbord of 26 pieces ultimately focuses on the boundaries of realism as exemplified by the"hyper reality" of American phenomena like the Madonna Inn, wax museums, San Simeon, theme parks, etc. Though his tone is witty, Eco's purpose remains that of the semiologist. He is concerned about "the systems of signs that we use to describe the world and tell it to one another," and aims both to expose the "messages" of political and economic power and of "the entertainment industry and the revolution industry" and to show us how to analyze and criticize them. Though these essays are generally entertaining, they lack the originality and punch of Barthes's Mythologies and seem unlikely to find the same popular success as Eco's own The Name of the Rose . Richard Kuczkowski, Dir., Continuing Education, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt, N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very enlightening but have to read in the context of the time it was writtenPublished 11 months ago by Penny de Byl
This is a book of interpretation, analysis and criticism of one Umberto Eco, a professor of semiotics, novelist, Milanese. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Louis Foster
TRAVELS IN HYPERREALITY is a hodgepodge collection of magazine and newspaper articles dating from 1967 through 1983, most of which are concerned with popular culture and changing... Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Bryan Byrd
Caveat: I have not read the entire book, yet; only the titular essay. Eco is one of the great minds of our times, and for that reason alone, any and all of his books and essays... Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Mark Straka
Well this was my third book by Mr. Eco and dthe continue to get worse. The Rose was excellent and made me hungry for more but after the Pendulum and this Hyper-Realty bit I'm going... Read morePublished on August 7, 2003 by "worldtravelerguy"
Umberto Eco is clearly a genius - his fictional works testify to that. I assume his reputation as a semiologist is well earned (since I know little about the subject beyond what... Read morePublished on March 16, 2003 by Arthem