- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547844204
- ISBN-13: 978-0547844206
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 334 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unlike the conclusions of "I, Claudius" (Graves) or "The Egyptian" (Waltari), PC's ending leaves the reader unsatisfied, because when Simonini reaches the end of the written diary, it ... just ... stops. The reader must surmise what, if anything, is the fate of the narrator, Simonini. This is totally unlike his earlier works, "The Name of the Rose" or "Foucault's Pendulum", in which the endings wrap things up in a believable and acceptable manner.
Ultimately, those readers who like Eco, will likely find this novel exactly the kind of thing they like. Enjoy.
Forrest Gump does not intentionally involve himself in the political or religious ideas of the period, and his tale is ultimately a love story. The Prague Cemetery is clearly not a love story! Simonini has a large appetite for fine food, but no appetite whatsoever for either love or sex. He is repulsed by women and not attracted to men. And curiously, although the author makes these idiosyncrasies clear, he makes no effort to explain them. A skillful forger, Siminoni gets entangled with many historic people - probably too many - and has a significant impact on the outcome of wars, legal decisions, and religious controversies. He is primarily motivated by a fear and hatred of the Jewish race, and his most significant forgeries are documents describing plans for world domination - Protocols of the Elders of Zion - formulated by Jewish leaders during clandestine meetings at Prague's old Jewish cemetery.
This book is not a "page turner." One issue that slows the pace of reading is the complexity of some of the events and controversies. Even though the novel provides enough context to enable readers to grasp what is happening, sometimes there is an urge to use other sources to learn why it is happening. Another issue is the author's use of three narrators: Simonini, Abbé Dalla Piccola and an unnamed editor. This technique helps produce a clever ending, but it sometimes makes the flow of events hard to follow. And, aside from the ending, there is very little suspense or drama in this novel.