[Novel] Focault’s Pendulum (Umberto Eco)

Focault's Pendulum

A book in which Umberto Eco  — one of the smartest men on the planet  — destroys the very premise of conspiracy theories by guiding you through the steps of inventing the greatest one of them all by piecing completely random information together (I wouldn’t recommend touching this book before you are reasonably familiar with Kabbalah, Gnosticism, and European history, from Knights Templar and Rosicrucians to interesting fellows like Cagliostro and Count of St. Germain, or you’ll find yourself lost very fast).

In other words, Focault’s Pendulum is The Da Vinci’s Code for adults.

Positive: Negative:
Snappy, sarcastic, absolutely riveting prose Almost impenetrable if you come unprepared
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Engrossing plot full of intellectual twists and mysteries
Strong and memorable story
Brimming in knowledge on so many subjects it will make your head explode
Thought-provoking on conspiracy theories
Thought-provoking on human nature to seek things bigger than themselves
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3 thoughts on “[Novel] Focault’s Pendulum (Umberto Eco)

  1. I’m really glad you liked this book, sadly early this year Umberto Eco died. When I heard about it, I felt extremely sad, this man was a great scholar and writer. My teacher from high school gave me and my classmates “The name of the Rose” (Il Nome Della Rosa in italian) to read and since then I became an avid reader of his works. Did you read “The name of the Rose ” too?

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