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Originally Posted by Clyde1820 View Post
Good to see somebody mention Umberto Eco.

Read "Il nome della rosa" (1980, The Name of the Rose). Loved the concept, the era, the characters. IMO, the writing in this particular story is fairly dense but it has great plot, characters.

Haven't read "Il pendolo di Foucault" (1988, Foucault's Pendulum), yet. Just might do that.

The writer passed away a couple years ago, sadly, but was a prolific writer.
You'll enjoy Foucaults' Pendulum. It's not so much a cohesive novel as a journal structured like Frankenstein and Dracula. It works well for the nearly encyclopedic coverage of spiritual and myth anecdotes that Eco weaves together to create a plausible conspiracy scenario.

I reread it every few years and my hardcover version is filled with underlining, margin notes and Post-It Notes. Every time I reread it there's something newly relevant based on current events.

The story and characters aren't classically picaresque, but there's something about it that invites the reader to associate with it and imagine hiimself/herself in the story.
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