It’s been a while since I have read a novel – I read mostly nonfiction – so I had to get back in the swing of things by finding a really good one. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco seems to fit the bill. It feeds my growing interest in obscure histories(stoked in no small part by recent visits to Europe) and occult symbolism.
The story itself is engaging; even though I just started and I am only 150 pages into it I am completely engrossed by the intricate detail of the writing and the intellectual dexterity displayed by Mssr. Eco. I also like the fact that there are plenty of words in this book that I am not familiar with – I am always interested in expanding my vocab.
I also wonder what portion of the people, books, events and such mentioned in this book are real. They all seem plausible, if not likely, but in some cases they may be hard to verify, such as the existence of certain rare texts.