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This review is from: How To Travel With A Salmon: and Other Essays (Paperback)
Eco is self-important- much of the book consists of him showing off, or just sounding off smugly. The piece about the private library is particularly irritating. His sci-fi piece made me yawn.
His collection of newspaper fluff simply doesn't work well as a collection. The jokes repeat, they feel tired, there's a re-used quality about them- I feel certain that I've read the taxi driver comparasions before, for instance.
On purely craft terms the essays are lazy- unstructured, often meandering aimlessly. Eco would not survive for a minute as a writer of stand-up sketches.
If you want to re-read journalism, it's better to go for someone who really as interesting ideas and, moreover, passions, such as Orwell. And if you want humour, Beachcomber is much better by miles.
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Initial post: 1 May 2012 18:40:17 BDT
N. Phillips says:
'Eco would not survive for a minute as a writer of stand-up sketches.'
Nor would many comedians or writers of stand-up sketches survive for a minute as intellectuals. This is a book for intellectual enjoyment. If you wanted a joke book, you are more than adequately catered for by the publishing world.
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