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I LOVE Umberto Eco. I have read nearly everything he's ever written that has been translated into English. This is not an easy book. The writing is very dense. But the details of the atmosphere are rich. And the Eco's books are packed with historical acuracies that teach you about a period of our past.
I am always smarter for having read Umberto Eco.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CONSIDER THE ABRIDGED VERSION. Trust me. You will be missing the brilliance of this writer.
This book is an amazing journey into a man's discovery of who he might have possibly been. It's not your typical american story. So sit back and enjoy and don't worry about figuring out how it all is going to work out.
I have also fallen in in love with the narrator and have purchased several other books just because he narrates.
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Eco is so great at creating a sense of mystery and wonder as a man tries to reassemble his life after a stroke that turns him into an amnesiac. He really lets one think about what it is about me that I identify with. He had to rediscover all his preferences and re-question all his values as his entire life and even bodily functions are completely strange and new. Do our memories make us what we are, or our preferences? Are we responsible for sins that we don't even remember making?
Why is there a lead-in which shouts "Audible Kids"? This is an adult book but someone at Audible has mislabeled it.
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The last novel by the President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici and what a wonderful potpourri of Italian high-brow low culture. A natural heir to James Joyce and the literary equivalent of a Fellini movie ? beautiful and moving, funny and sharp, always intelligent?.and those women!!
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