Saturday, September 10, 2005

Book review

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umbert Eco caught my eye in the library two weeks ago. I was there with Ruth to get some kid's videos and while walking past the new book display, I saw it.

It had very graphic drawings on the front and I recognized Eco's name. I have never completely read one of his books, but Dr. Actually has high praise for him. So, I read the dust jacket and the story seemed intriguing.

It involves a man who, through some mysterious accident loses his memory. In the process of trying to regain it, he encounters the comic books and stories of his childhood, trying to resurrect memories of who he was.

It sounds interesting . . . and it is up to a point. I got about half way through the book before my due date caught up to me and I was forced to return it. My problem with it was that it is set in Italy, about twelve years ago and it stays in Italy. So, the comics and stories that this sixty-year-old man discover are from Mussolini's Italy. None of it exactly spoke to me very much, so it didn't quite capture my attention and hold it.

Oh well. At least I gave it a shot.

Today I went to the library with Ariel, after her eye doctor's appointment and I grabbed another book off of the new books display. It is a bit shorter and is a mystery set a few years ago. We'll see if I can make it through this one in two weeks. sigh

2 comments:

Jack Thunder said...

well, Burb, Cordelia has twice bested you.
not only did she finish the Eco book you mentioned, but she has already read the McEwan book you picked up.

I'm surprised you didn't like Eco more. He is both historical and very geek-friendly. I think C. liked the literary aspects more than its other qualities.

it sounds liike "Saturday" should be more readable. I have been meaning to read it, myself.

lulu said...

Why is THIS post not in Omnimedia??