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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Umberto Eco Narrator: Tim Curry Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island surrounded by treacherous coral reefs. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing. As Roberto explores the vessel and descends into madness, he remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the 30 Years' War in which he lost his father and his illusions; the Aristotelian metaphor machine of Padre Emanuele; the salons of Paris; the theory of the Powder of Sympathy; the approach of his unapproachable Lady, then prison; and finally, the summons of Cardinal Mazarin himself.

In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells of an international race to master the seas by unraveling the mysteries of longitude; of a young dreamer searching for love and meaning; and of a most amazing old Jesuit who, with his clocks and maps, has plumbed the secrets of longitude, the depths of the ocean, and the Biblical Flood.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Irene de la Torre | 2/18/2014

    " The prose was good, thought provoking, and sometimes funny. I had to read and re-read some sentences in order for me to understand. I could visualize the protagonist, melancholic in a ship, on a purest blue but rather deserted waters. i liked the idea of one time time zone being just under your reach, but unable to reach it. Umberto was good. But I could not really understand where the story was going. Themes and various sub-themes rather mixed up my simple mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 2/7/2014

    " I'm sure this book is a great read if one is solely interested dazzled by Eco's erudition, which is staggering by any measure. However, in English, at least, the novel is almost unreadable. Almost every page is taken up with making fun of the Baroque understanding of the universe and the people who tried to apply it practically. Sometimes, this mockery is quite funny. Mostly, I just find it tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by surfurbian | 2/1/2014

    " I was completely confused and missed the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric Knibbs | 1/31/2014

    " Eco's worst book, I think. Still entertaining and original in places, but oddly weak as a whole. "

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