27 November 2005

Eco: Is He Worth It?

I have to admin I kind of like Eco. I've read Baudolino (OK) and Foucault's Pendulum (loved it; really a very good book and intellectually stimulating).

Eco's latest is The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (by Umberto Eco, translated by Geoffrey Brock). Reviewed in WSJ, not favorably. Set in 1991 during 1st Gulf War; any book written by a European intellectual set during any Gulf War puts me off right away. I just know he won't be able to resist anti-American digs and caricatures.

I haven't yet read The Name of the Rose. Should I?