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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099287153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099287155
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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"Brilliant, funny, encompassing everything you ever wanted to know about practically everything (including numerology, James Bond's foes, and the construction of sewers), this book is both extraordinarily learned and well plotted." (Sunday Times)

"Endlessly diverting... Even more intricate and absorbing than his international bestseller The Name of the Rose." (Time)

"Brilliant... A novel that is deeper and richer than The Name of the Rose." (New York Times)

"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)

"Umberto Eco is literature's great magician... He offers us many passages of brilliance, and treats us to a Shakespearean alternation of paroxysm and intimacy, madness and wisdom. There is something here for everyone. His genius affords his readers a selection of delights that will make their heads spin." (Le Monde)

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A brilliantly executed intellectual detective story from the author of international best seller The Name of the Rose. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Gregory S. Buzwell VINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is not an easy read, indeed the first forty pages or so make some of the most intense demands on the reader of any book I have ever read, but if you have a love of the mysterious, the obscure and the sinister it is well worth persisting with. The way the story unfolds is quite ingenious and you will, if nothing else, learn a huge amount of obscure history along the way.

The basic premise of the plot is actually quite simple: three editors in a Milan publishing house specializing in wildly whacky works on the mystical and the occult begin, for their own amusement, to make speculative connections between the various way-out theories put forward in the manuscripts submitted for publication. To their amazement it soon transpires that they might be on to something, something so important that their own lives are suddenly put at risk.

Eco clearly had great fun with this, throwing every crack-pot theory and esoteric religious belief into the mix. The Templars are there, of course, as are the Rosicrucians, the darker branches of the Catholic church and the Masons. The Hollow Earth theory is given a spin, Khabbala is discussed, Dr Dee puts in an appearance and the measurements of the great pyramids in Egypt provide the answers to nearly everything. It is all beautifully explained, so outlandishly implausible that maybe, just maybe, it has to be true......
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Hopkins on 25 July 2011
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I came to Foucault's Pendulum after greatly enjoying Name of the Rose and this is a very different book altogether.

The premise can be read on the blurb and makes the book come across as an 'intellectual thriller'. The first few chapters and the last few are indeed those of an intellectual thriller and the hard work is in-between. It could be argued that skipping the most part of the book and just reading the parts from the periscope to the periscope would give a great short-story. However you'd miss a lot of seawater and 2+2=5 not to mention an insane amount of historical and occult conspiracy. All that is great stuff but is bogged down by frustrating attempts of characterisation: a 100 pages, or so it seemed, is given over to the main character going to South America and I was bored witless with the wooden conversations and monologue. Later he becomes a father which plays no part in anything much and the relationship with the mother serves one purpose, that of a discovery concerning a 'shopping list', which was indeed very funny but long-winded.

In fact, no reviews I've read have mentioned the humour in this book: I laughed out loud on a number of occasions.

I would've given Foucault's Pendulum 4-stars if Eco had edited to a stricter regime.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dalby VINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2008
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This is not an easy book to read but now you have wikipedia at your fingertips at least some of the terminology will not be incomprehensible. Like all of Eco's books there are stories within stories about books about imagined books and about real and impossible conspiracies.

The real message of the book is Eco's views on story telling and "popular delusions - conspiracy theories" things that we all want to be real even if they are not, and how the story can escape from its authors.

It covers the same territory as made familiar by the da Vinci code - templars and hidden treasures and the bloodline of Christ, with hidden societies and dark. Cabalism plays an important role in the story especially the view that all the stories of the world can be made by rearranging all the words of the Torah. The chapters are broken into sections that correspond to the pathway of the journey to enlightenment. This is very much like Borges' idea of an infinite library from Labyrinths.

So it is worth the struggle to see a brilliant mind trying to understand the world about us and the worlds we create for ourselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JaketheDax on 19 Mar. 2008
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This is the third of Eco's novels I have read. I am enamoured of his style and ultimately, this is why I enjoy his novels. As an Italian he displays mastery of the literary genre in another language - a remarkable ability.

Ultimately, I was unable to appreciate this particular novel's deep knowledge and arcana. That is a failing on my part. I imagine that many readers may face the same degree of bewilderment at the level of historical detail that fills many of the pages, and for those that can, you are in for a treat.

My admiration for Eco is definetely for style. I still enjoyed Foucault's Pendulum, but for the sound of the words rather than the plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R J Belbin on 14 Oct. 2014
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Simply one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. Well, 'simply' might not be quite the right word, but wonderful it is anyway. A wonderful exploration of post-modernism, and an analytical destruction of conspiracy theories and theoriests, all wrapped up in a thrilling mystery. Any philosophy student should recognise the "four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics." and will have great fun deciding where their lecturers lie on the scale. The final unraveling of the mystery is a sheer delight, note perfect. This is the vastly superior version of the story that was essentially retold in The Prague Cemetery - its not as easy reading, but is wel lworth the effort.
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