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Island Of The Day Before Paperback – 7 Oct 1996
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Now while I'm writing this I feel there is more on that Island. I;m going for the fourth visit......
The story progresses in stages, sometimes switching back and forth. Instead of letting that bother you just go with it and enjoy each chapter as it comes. Some chapters and full of deeds of epic daring such as when the Spanish besiege Casale or philosophical discussions as Saint-Savin expounds his theory on the plurality of worlds and how everything is made of atomie (atoms). The whole story has a dream-like feeling that can leave you contemplating on it long after the last page has been read. Roberto is an interesting character and very easy to relate to, his conclusions may be often incomplete and he seems totally unaware of the great events that he is a small part of but I think he speaks for a lot of people. We don't always get the final answer or get to see things through to the end but like it or not we are all characters on the stage of life, we have our entrances and our exits. Maybe we won't get to know what it was all about but if we stop to reflect ever so often maybe we can get some glimpse of truth.
The second half deals with Roberto's present and the contemplation of his uncertain future. The story at times reads like a philosophical rumination on life, death and the soul, and whilst Roberto's conclusions are incomplete, these passages give the reader a deeper understanding of the psyche of our protagonist, and his unfinished cerebral ramblings make him a painfully believable character. Trapped on a ship alone, anchored off the shore of an island just out of reach, Roberto by turns tortures himself and comforts himself with his own mind and his writing, as he yearns for the woman he loves and despises his rival, and begins to understand that resolution must come from within when tedium and aqua vitae are your only companions.
Roberto shows us that we are all enemy, lover, fighter and student to ourselves and ultimately the agents of our own destruction. The novel is not perfect, but in grounding it in the historical, Eco ensures every event - although fictional - never drifts beyond the realm of believability, making for a marvellously pertinent work that stimulates the mind wonderfully.
The pace though put me off, it's very ponderous, with characters going off on long discourses and the continual return to Roberto's past made me feel like i was wading through treacle at some points. The plot when you get to it is intriguing and reflecting on the book after finishing it i did enjoy it. The challenge was getting through the first couple of hundred pages and into the rhythm of the book. A challenge but well worth a look.