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The Prague Cemetery

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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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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    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 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.

    39 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Amazing book. Hard to believe that most of it is based on histor

    Amazing book. Hard to believe that most of it is based on historical facts. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 26, 2013

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