- Publisher: Hardcover (July 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004SIAEKG
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana By Umberto Eco Hardcover – July 3, 2005
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The novel traces his progression from Mickey Mouse comic books to Flash Gordon---"Gordon was different, he fought for liberty against a despot...And so Flash Gordon must have provided me with my first image of a hero"---to Dumas, to Hugo. This is, above all, a book about the important role of art in shaping personality, but implicitly about how our own personal choices determine the outcome as the protagonist tries to figure out how he went from accepting fascist propaganda growing up in Italy during the second World War to rejecting it. Unfortunately, Eco is not entirely consistent in his exploration of these themes, and the quasi-apocalyptic ending felt like a cop-out to me. Still, this is definitely worth reading at least once.