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Foucault's Pendulum (Paperback)

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Trying to describe this book is difficult, but I will say that Umberto Eco is a strange one - and a genius. Nominally, it's about a group of friends in 1970s Italy who make up a fake conspiracy theory... but it's more than that,obviously. It takes you on fun (often funny) tangents into little crevices of history or into the orbit of meandering observations of life and people and art. Think: The Da Vinci Code, only written well.  

Good for:

  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Pushing your mental and emotional boundaries
  • Escaping into history
  • Smiling
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
— From Ali's Picks


Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled--a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault's Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

Praise For…


"An intellectual adventure story, as sensational, thrilling, and packed with arcana as Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Count of Monte Cristo."—THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD "Endlessly diverting . . . Even more intricate and absorbing than his international bestseller The Name of the Rose."—TIME
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156032971
ISBN-10: 015603297X
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2007
Pages: 623
Language: English