Foucault's Pendulum

by Umberto Eco

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | March 5, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Foucault's Pendulum is rated 3.8571 out of 5 by 7.

Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled-a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

 

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 5, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547539681

ISBN - 13: 9780547539683

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from challenging This book is an intellectual thriller drawing on conspiracy theories involving the Templars and other similar organizations, but is definitely not in the "Dan Brown" vein. The first time I tried to read this book I brought it on vacation, but found it to be much too heavy for vacation reading; a few months later I tried again and enjoyed it. The story focuses on three men working for a small publishing house who essentially devise an ultimate conspiracy theory linking pretty much every secret society that ever existed. They start off doing it as a bit of a joke, but things turn much more serious, particularly when members of secret societies think they know more than they do. The book is extremely well researched, and the plot has lots of twists and turns. I found some of the writing to be a bit too "wordy" - I'm not sure how much of that is from Umberto Eco and how much from the translator (it was originally written in Italian). It takes a bit of effort to read this book, but overall I think it is well worth reading.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Search Though Templars, Rosicrucians and Assassins I heard so much about Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum over my academic years, when the opportunity arose to read it, I couldn’t wait. I found it rich with philosophy, supposition and dark creativity. I also found it very long. It has taken me 8 weeks to read the entire novel, versus my usual 1-2. It was a long search though Templars, Rosicrucians and Assassins to find the end; to find the meaning behind the story. I’m not even sure if I’ve done that. What is the meaning behind Foucault’s Pendulum and the journey the characters take? Why is the Pendulum so important to the Plan they create? Maybe if I understood Gnosticism, Sephirot and Hermetism, I would understand more of this novel. Maybe. Really, what I want to say is that this book is &^#@^~! It’s brilliant and crazy and wonderful. I absolutely have to read it again. Not just because it was good, but because I’m sure I’ve missed things. It will be like a film you see for the second time and notice all sorts of new things. I’m not sure I was fully ready to read Umberto Eco’s great work. Or perhaps I was only ready to read it for the first time.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Balance seeker in Toronto Faucaul's pendulum was very interesting to read due to history facts included within it, the Knights of Templars, Masons, religions, etc, amazing research was done to put it toguether. I agree with the earlier critic that the novel ends a bit harshly but I got so much out of it that it didn't matter. I found the plot twisitng and turning. But I found it difficult to read due to lots of hard words for me. This author is very litterate. Hope to get there one day. Overall I recommand to read this book.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY VERY GOOD This was a great read with many very interesting converstations and topics. Very well reasearched and a great plot. The ending was a bit dissapointing. But the rest of the book's brilliance and Eco's great knowlege compensated for it.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ends up nowhere, but what a ride Foucault's Pendulum will infuriate anyone who desires a coherent plot and a satisfying resolution at the end. But along the way, Eco touches on so many interesting aspects of the Rosicrucians, the Holy Grail, homonucli, and the publishing business that it makes the trip worthwhile.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The payoff is worth it! Foucalt's Pendulum is a VERY heavy read at parts, but sludge through the entire book. The payoff near the end is worth the time investment.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Much for Me! I am a big fan of Umberto Eco. "The Name of the Rose" is one of my all-time favourite books, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Eco is an excellent writer. His craftmanship cannot be beat, but this book disappointed me. The premise was a good one, but to me it just didn't seem to get there. I didn't grow to care about the characters, and there was too much symbolism and "off the wall" ideas for my taste. I read the entire book because Eco is such a good author, and I thought I'd get the point, but I never really did, and was very disappointed at the end.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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Foucault's Pendulum

by Umberto Eco

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 5, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547539681

ISBN - 13: 9780547539683

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Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled-a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

 

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