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The first half of the book is a swashbuckling narrative of what passed for "science" in past centuries. It was captivating and very entertaining.
The later portion is a more dream-like situation (beyond any reality) that was also entertaining, but very whimsical and quite odd.
Many readers may find that they object to this very strange juxtaposition. I was entranced throughout.
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As I wrote with Foucault's Pendulum, the editing of the story really harms the emotion of the original work. The original book is a wonderful piece of self discovery and existentialism through the loss of one's life while still having to live out the rest of your days in a strange world looking across a gap that signifies so much in the grand scheme of time and existence. Unfortunately, through abridging the book much of it is lost.
While this version tells the basic story, it misses much. Tim Curry's narration is absolutely superb and engaging, however. So I would recommend this as a casual listen if you've already read the book, otherwise I would say give the audio a miss and read the actual novel.
It's a real shame there are no unabridged Eco works available.
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