Foucault's Pendulum

Kobo ebook | March 5, 2007

byUmberto Eco

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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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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 Pendulu...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 5, 2007Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547539681

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overwhelming I tried to read this without looking up anything, and had a hard time keeping up with all the arcane references in this novel, to the point where they overshadowed the plot and characters. I'll try it again sometime, with the help of the internet. Hopefully I'll revise my rating, as I loved The Name of the Rose, but I can't say I really enjoyed this reading experience.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drove me insane....In a good way. I read this several years ago but remember it very well. It started out as a regular mystery novel but quickly grew very convoluted. It kept a very high suspense level throughout. It's what happened after I read the book that stands out in my mind. For a week, at least, I could almost see connections and conspiracies everywhere. You'll enjoy it if you like complex problems and conspiracy novels.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read, if you're into secret societies There's a few interesting and entwining stories in this book, but most of the story tells about real or made up "facts" concerning a huge amount of conspiracy theories. Put on your tin foil hat and read about Templars, The Golden Bough, Freemasonry, Cabbalism, numberology, the Cult of Cthulu, and more. Eco has outdone himself this time on his (always excellent) research, but if you're not in these kind of topics, I wouldn't bother.
Date published: 2015-01-21
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: 2011-10-25