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The Prague Cemetery

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

39 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

A Ripping Yarn! Imagine Edgar Allan Poe meets Gogol meets Joseph Heller

I have found previous translations of Eco sometimes almost impenetrable, but it seems that in this novel he has found a new translator who has succeeded in making Eco's sometimes convoluted writing accessible. In the wit of the narrative those of us who have heard inter...
I have found previous translations of Eco sometimes almost impenetrable, but it seems that in this novel he has found a new translator who has succeeded in making Eco's sometimes convoluted writing accessible. In the wit of the narrative those of us who have heard interviews with Eco can almost see the wicked sparkle in his eye. I would hesitate to call The Prague Cemetery a novel, since there is not much fiction here. Most of the events recounted really did happen and the characters and their speech and actions are well documented. Rather it is an exploration of the origins of historical inaccuracy and myth and a clever polemic barb thrust deeply and viciously into the hearts of those who are infected with racial and cultural prejudice. Although the story is rooted in 19th century Europe, the message is clearly of a singularly contemporary nature. The intelligent reader should take from this book an awareness and sensitivity to the gullibility and prejudice that remain so dangerous in society today.

posted by Cramsdal on March 3, 2012

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11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

The King of Run-on Sentences

I gave this novel a hearty effort; plowing through 60 pages or so. That was all I could take.... I've never seen so many run-on sentences crammed together. The story is interesting, but I simply could not take the writing.

posted by 10320858 on January 19, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    The King of Run-on Sentences

    I gave this novel a hearty effort; plowing through 60 pages or so. That was all I could take.... I've never seen so many run-on sentences crammed together. The story is interesting, but I simply could not take the writing.

    11 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Don't bother with the free sample. You only get the table of contents 6 pages. Better to read the overview on the web page.

    Don't bother.

    5 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Disgusting

    In my opinion, filth that is a waste of time. So glad I got the free sample first and didn't waste money on this so called "book". Does not deserve even one star.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    I was Surprised by my Dissatisfaction

    Very disappointed. Maybe I selected a poor example of Mr. Eco's work to constitute my first exposure to an author of such renown. It was not the subject matter that disaffected me. I was neither offended nor captivated by all engrossing bigotry and generalizations upon which the book is premised (Yes, I get that these were not intended to be admired characteristics). Instead, it was the regurgitation of meals and ingredients; the never-ending delineation of the names of clergymen, educators, age old anti & pro government entities, etc., as well as the long lapses where the underlying story literally disappeared that ultimately soured my enjoyment. I appreciate character development, but not to the extent that the story itself becomes a sideshow. Unfortunately, I am now leery of trying this author in the future.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    racist beyond belief!!!

    Could be the most racist thing i've ever read!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Awful

    Bury this stinker

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Poor

    Every paragraph was one long run-on sentence.....ridiculous

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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