I thoroughly enjoyed 'The name of the rose' which made me curious about Eco's other works. Foucault's pendulum is a wildly spun conspiracy theory about the Holy Grail gone crazy. Having read the Da Vinci code and a number of other non-fiction books on the subjects this book made me feel a lot wiser and much more critical about the entire history of the subject.
Eco takes four people working as editors for a publishing firm as main characters who stumble upon a life changing discovery with the potential to change history as we know it. However, before long, events take a twist and the four characters find they have to deal with way more than they bargained for.
This book is about legends and myths surrounding historical groups related to the Grail and a conspiracy theory that united all of them. Its main message is don't believe everything history tells you and above all, there are things that have or might have happened that we should contend ourselves with just never knowing the entire truth about! It is about the different levels of interpretation of the same thing and how easy it is to be mislead by one's own ambitions and aspirations.
Rich language and beautiful narration had me glued to this book from start to finish. Although I have to say that there are a good 25-30 pages that could have been left out as they serve absolutely no purpose to the story whatsoever, after finishing this book I felt a lot more informed, a lot wiser and absolutely thrilled! A must read!
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