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The Island Of the Day Before

by Umberto Eco, Umberto Eco, Umberto Eco

May 10, 2006 | Trade Paperback

The Island Of the Day Before is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing.

As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the Thirty Years'' War in which he lost his father and his illusions; and the lessons given him on Reasons of State, fencing, the writing of love letters, and blasphemy.

In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells 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 longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 3.15 × 2.13 × 0.36 in

Published: May 10, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156030373

ISBN - 13: 9780156030373

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superbly fascinating read I read "The Name of the Rose" and loved it so chose to try another Umberto Eco book. My ex-boyfriend--an Italian himself--warned me against it because both he and his mother found Eco boring. However, I decided to read this book and I have enjoyed it almost as much as "The Name of the Rose". As always with Eco, it is well written and incredibly knowledge filled. The descriptions are vivid and the story line very though provoking and original. Although at times I felt some of the descriptions drug on and my mind began to wander, I would still highly recommend this book, especially to any who are interested in the time period (17th century).
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating, but tough reading This book was a selection for my book club, but although it wasn't my choice, I really enjoyed it. It's a lovely, magical story with rich characters, and several long sections of philosophy are woven seamlessly in with the fictional narrative. There's plenty to think about while reading this book. This particular edition is beautifully bound and together with the story, it earned a showcase spot on my bookshelf. My only complaint is that the detailed imagery and multiple metaphors, although excellently translated, make for very slow reading in order to achieve full understanding of the text. Keep a dictionary handy -- but it's worth the work.
Date published: 2013-10-24

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The Island Of the Day Before

by Umberto Eco, Umberto Eco, Umberto Eco

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 3.15 × 2.13 × 0.36 in

Published: May 10, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156030373

ISBN - 13: 9780156030373

From the Publisher

After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing.

As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the Thirty Years'' War in which he lost his father and his illusions; and the lessons given him on Reasons of State, fencing, the writing of love letters, and blasphemy.

In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells 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 longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE ISLAND OF THE DAY BEFORE

"As wonderfully exotic as only Eco can contrive . . . An astonishing intellectual journey."--San Francisco Chronicle

"A masterpiece . . . intellectually stimulating and dramatically intriguing."--Chicago Tribune
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