A couple of new additions to my ever growing family. (yes, I am a vociferous breeder!)
Umberto Eco: Foucault’s Pendulum
A “thinking person’s Da Vinci Code”, I am looking forward to reading this. It seems to be a very complex work, appended with extraneous data a full of embedded symbology and semiotic glee.
Here’s a part of the review from Ted Goia, of the New Canon site (linked on this blog)
We are now on the familiar turf of the pulp fiction novel. But
Eco is reluctant to play that game—at least not in the clichéd
ways of the past—and signals from the start that he will not
make matters too easy for the casual reader. In just the first
fifteen pages of Foucault’s Pendulum, he relies on an arcane
vocabulary (in English, the word choices include
hydrargyrum, chthonian, demiurge, proglottides, ogives,
plerome, and ogdoades). You won’t find those in Stephen King
or Mitch Albom. For example, if you walked into a room in a
museum that showcased cars and airplanes, would you
describe it thus: “You enter and are stunned by a conspiracy
in which the sublime universe of heavenly ogives and the
chthonian world of gas guzzlers are juxtaposed”? You would,
apparently, if you were Umberto Eco.
Another new addition: TH White’s The Once and Future King
In some ways, I’m looking forward to reading this more. Like The Lord of the Rings it is an epic fantasy novel, but unlike the Lord of the Rings it is an Arthurian romance, a later addition to the tradition of King Arthur stories stretching back to Malory’s Le Morte Darthur and theMiddle-English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It’ll be interesting to see what spin White puts on the perrenial story of Arthur and Merlin in an enchanted version of early Britain.
When done, I’ll post some reviews!