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Nd the scale signifies a relationship amont the humors And so onAnd so my reading adventures will continue Descartes said Cogito rgo sumEco says I seek meaning therefore I am humanIt s very hard to succinctly describe xactly what this novel is From looking at the plot description you may be forgiven for assuming that it is a book like Holy Blood Holy Grail by Michael Baigent Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln or Dan Brown s The Da Vinci Code There is an overlap in the fact that all three books deal with conspiracies that revolve around the mystical and mythical order of the Knight s Templar view spoiler who were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were among the most prominent actors of Christian finance The organization xisted for nearly two centuries during the Middle AgesOfficially Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, endorsed by the Catholic Church around 1129 the Order became a favoured charity throughout Christendom and grew rapidly in membership and power Templar knights in their distinctive white mantles with a red cross were among the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades Non combatant members of the Order managed a largeconomic infrastructure throughout Christendom innovating financial techniues that were an arly form of banking and building fortifications across Europe and the Holy LandThe Templars xistence was tied closely to the Crusades when the Holy Land was lost support for the Order faded Rumours about the Templars secret initiation ceremony created mistrust and King Philip IV of France deeply in debt to the Order took advantage of the situation In 1307 many of the Order s members in France were arrested tortured into giving false confessions and then burned at the stake Under pressure from King Philip Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312 The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends which have kept the Templar name alive into the modern day See hide spoiler Il pendolo di Foucault Foucault s Pendulum Umberto EcoFoucault s Pendulum is a novel by Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco It was first published in 1988 and an English translation by William Weaver appeared a year later Foucault s Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth The satirical novel is full of soteric references to Kabbalah alchemy and conspiracy theory so many that critic and novelist Anthony Burgess suggested that it needed an index The pendulum of the title refers to an actual pendulum designed by the French physicist Leon Foucault to demonstrate Earth s rotation and has symbolic significance within the novel Some believe it refers to the philosopher Michel Foucault noting Eco s friendship with the French philosopher but the author specifically rejects any intentional reference to Michel Foucault this is regarded as one of his subtle literary jokes 2011 1389 2 1172 215 145 9789643343187 20 1851 When it comes to novels the size of bricks I have to admit to being a bit of a lightweight only reading a handful of books over 600 pages long and always nter with some trepidation Eco s Foucault s Pendulum is not uite brick big but then it doesn t look like it s been on a diet itherIn terms of sheer scope and passionate ambition this really is something and it felt like a history lesson and a novel combined so kudos thereThis is a complex piece of writing that does reuire hard work from the reader in basic terms what starts out as a literary joke for three Milan based book ditors soon sees them nter a world of deadly peril The narrator Casaubon an xpert on the medieval Knights Templars and two ditors working in a branch of a vanity press publishing house in Milan are told about a purported coded message revealing a secret plan set in motion by the Knights Templars centuries ago when the society was forced underground As a lark the three decide to invent a history of the occult tying a variety of phenomena to the mysterious machinations of the Order Feeding their inspirations into a computer they become obsessed with their story dreaming up links between the Templars and just about very occult manifestation throughout history Buried even Mickey Mouse gets a mentionBut things start to turn very real for them and are targeted by an unknownnemy Just how much do they really knowTo say this is a densely packed novel would be an understatement way than half of it s content is Eco having fun as a history Professor cramming in physics philosophy historical surveymathematical puzzles religious and cultural mythology rituals Rosicrucians Jesuits Freemasons Druids on so onHitler and his cronies come into the plot as well with a uite outrageous reason for slaughtering the Jews I would best describe Foucault s Pendulum as a metaphysical meditation but also part detective story it doesn t always work there are moments of brilliance within just not nough of the time the narrative ventually becomes bogged with so much accumulated data and
Supposition That Had Me that had me into meltdownIt was no doubt intriguing and highly ambitious which I give him credit for and Eco s passion for history is paramount throughout Only down side is that after 641 gruelling pages the finale was not really a finale I felt a little cheated after all the ffort and wished for another 50 pages or so as to reach some sort of closure But to Eco s credit at least he made Dan Brown s Da Vinci Code look like it was written by a 12 year old PLAYFULAn Opening GambolWhile I first read this novel in 2009 I bought a second hand copy in May 2013 for 7 which I thought was a bargain price for the degree of pleasure it s given meOnly when I was half way through did I notice a sheet of white paper slipped into the last pagesIt shows four hand drawn circles sheet of white paper slipped into the last pagesIt shows four hand drawn circles of which contains the name of a city and a number If the numbers represent years they cover 21 years If you add 2 and 1 you get the number 3 If you xamine the gaps between the years you get the numbers 11 4 and 6 If you add these numbers you get 21 which when added together comes to 3 If you add 1 1 4 and 6 you get 12 which when added comes to 3 If the numbers are not years and you add them together you get 8015 If you add these numbers you get 14 and if you add 1 and 4 you get 5 If you add 3 and 5 you get 8 which is xactly twice the number of circles on the sheetHere is a photo of the sheetI ve been back to the bookshop where I bought my copy but the owner wasn t able to remember who she had bought the book fromI m not sure how many of these cities get mentioned in the novel all but Madrid as it turns out unless I m mistaken However I ve since discovered the following facts with the assistance of Professor GooglewikiManchester is the home of the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England from which some Rosicrucian Orders derive their charterMadrid is the home of Gran Logia AMORC Jurisdicci n de Lengua Espa ola para Europa Africa y AustralasiaThe Rosicrucian Order Christian Order of the Hermetic Gold RoseCross is based in Los AngelesIn Paris the Temple was a medieval fortress located in what is now the 3rd arrondissement The Knights Templar originally constructed it as their European headuartersIf you have any ideas about the significance of this sheet of paper please message me or post them in the comments below with a spoiler warning Alternatively please send them with a stamped addressed nvelope containing US20 processing fee plus any gratuity you are happy with to my home addressIf you re the first to work out some sort of solution that convinces me of its authenticity I ll post a photo of something that might absolutely amaze you PS Brian s hypothesis has convinced meHow Foucault s Pendulum Works Maybe1 Imagine the Earth is a perfectly spherical hollow ball it is you know or is it2 Imagine that a steel cable 6371 kilometers long is attached to the bottom side of the North Pole This is or less the radius of the Earth3 Imagine that a really bloody heavy lead bob is attached to the nd of the cable4 Let s imagine that the Earth isn t tilted off its axis5 Let s say we re sitting underground on a couch somewhere north of the Euator and we drag the cable and bob Over To The Inside to the inside the sphere then we let it go so that it starts swinging through the. I una linea critico teorica che ha continuato a maturare nell'arco di trent'anni Antonio Porta Corriere della SeraDa uando ho cominciato a leggere Il pendolo di Foucault non sono più uscito di casa ho per così dire sospeso la vita Ferdinando Camon Il GiornoIl messaggio del suo libro se letto come bisogna fare come un libro sui misteri della fine del XX secolo potrebbe anche voler dire che la storia da lui raccontata non è ancora finita Alberto Asor Rosa la RepubblicaSi chiude il libro ,
The best and the worst thing I can say about this novel is that it s a difficult read Sure the author is Italian but that doesn t automatically make it difficult only a novel that I ve read out of its normal language No the novel isn t ven d I read a lot and the people around me are used to seeing a new book in my hand very day or couple of days Naturally they ask me what I m reading usually in a way that implies I should divulge than just the title and the author which are plainly visible on the cover How do I respond when I m reading something so sublime and transcendental as Foucault s Pendulum It defies ordinary description of plot because Umberto Eco has again unified his narrative with his themes and characters to create a complex masterpiece Even the hook on the back of my paperback dition doesn t do it justiceAt its core Foucault s Pendulum is a fable about conspiracies It is a cautionary tale that demonstrates what happens when people begin to believe in conspiracy theories lending credence lends life which can have unfortunate conseuences for veryone involved The main characters begin as sceptics working for a publishing house that s allied with a vanity press who begin constructing a fictitious Plan by connecting seemingly disparate historical facts When organizations and individuals begin showing up seeming to be acting in accordance with this Plan however our protagonists realize that if you make up a Plan ven a false one someone might try to A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, execute itThis book is not about conspiracy theories though It has been compared to The Da Vinci Code and of course there are similarities both books deal with Templar mythology for instance Foucault s Pendulum is so much though It isn t a mystery about a conspiracy theory it s a mystery that looks into theffects of conspiracy theories on otherwise rational scholarly people The narrative parallels the characters journey in its own structure beginning with a strong foundation in logical principles and The Shadow Reader eventually transforming into a very spiritualmotional textWe have so many books based on the premise that such and such conspiracy theory is actually valid Here the theories are all fictitious it begins as a harmless game among three people determined to mock conspiracy theories and the obsession with finding hidden meaning through occultism The theory only becomes real because people begin believing in it they begin seeing meaning where before there was nothing no relationship Characters Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies emerge ones we re familiar with from prior in the book who appear to have a part in this Plan and think it has been in operation for centuries These characters are in some ways created by their fellow characters our protagonists Foucault s Pendulum is very meta authorial in that respect much like Sophie s WorldEco gives us an unreliable narrator so that we re forced to think critically about the story we re given and wonder how much is true and how much may be the feverish imaginings of an unbalanced misguided mind The narrator is named Casaubon and I m very glad I read Middlemarch before reading this book Casaubon is sort of like his namesake from Middlemarch who devotes his life to the syncretic task of unifying human myths In Foucault s Pendulum Casaubon and his friends Belbo and Diotallevi sift through the slush of conspiracy lunatics Diabolicals to compile a master theory a Plan spun around the framework of the dissolution of the Knights Templar As they come to believe in the reality of their own Plan the world around them changes becomes darker and sinister All conflicts in this bookven the xternal ones are ultimately internal created from our characters own imaginations The fact that some of these internal conflicts manifest xternally through the antagonism of rivals like Colonel Ardenti or Agli gives the story plenty of variety In between we get glimpses of Belbo s childhood in rural Italy and Eco mentions both historical and contemporary Italian politics As an outsider I found this part of the book fascinating since I m totally unfamiliar with Italian history or The Power Of A Choice even how its citizens were affected by the rise of fascism and their time under Mussolini That s what I like so much about Eco he reminds me that I m steeped in my own ignorance but he doesn t condescend me for it Instead he forces me to meet him on his intellectual levelOne thing that makes Foucault s Pendulum so transcendental is the fact that it s rife with allusions to medieval and Enlightenment history and philosophy arcane rituals and religions and othersoteric and occult phenomena You d practically need a degree in these areas like Eco has to understand it all without a reference book I don t and I admit I got lost at times Almost very page is filled with this historical references particularly when Casaubon Belbo and Diotallevi are thick in their discussions of the Plan
Consider that for a moment I got lost in the historical detail of the book yet I m still givingthat for a moment I got lost in the historical detail of the book yet I m still giving five stars That s how good it is ven its flaws are strengthsStill the tendency of how good it is ven its flaws are strengthsStill the tendency of text toward tones academic will turn some people off the book It may not be for veryone If you find yourself reading my review and thinking Hmm this sounds like it is right for me however don t wait Go out and get this book now Read it and then read it again I will some day because Foucault s Pendulum is one of those books where you need to read it through several times to grasp its complexity And The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right every reading will be its own reward as reading should be This is a novel that contrasts the acceptance and delight in the world as it is with the conseuences of the desire to read in meanings toverything that we see about us In Eco s Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling earlier bookThe Name of the Rose the detective mystery was parodied and this is taken one step further in this novel The Detective mystery assumes that there is a mystery that can be solved It invites investigation In this novel the constant working deeper into mysteries produces only obscurity the penis is just a phallic symbolview spoiler or as has been said in Britain Brexit means Brexit hide spoiler 3 the last of the pentalogy of puzzlement and perseverance stars A very difficult book to both rate and review As I read this book I reflected on four other books that have been considered great by so many of my friends and in particular my darling partnerThese five books to me were seeds and shadows of greatness but I felt were so heavily flawed that they became only fair to average good reads for meThese books are1 184 25 stars2Cloud Atlas 3 stars3 A Fine Balance 3 stars4 The Goldfinch 3 stars5 Foucault s Pendulum 3 starsThey were allxtremely long books that perplexed me and I had to push push push to get throughI have no regrets reading any of them but I doubt I will return to any of them as they frustrated me to no Monsieur Pain end and I was not left with a feeling of awe or wonder or sense that I had read anything close to a masterpiece but rather like half finished paintings or half formed statues tepid tea cold pizzaThese books often had me uestion myself on my level of intelligence my sense ofsthetics or if I was truly a worthwhile reader as these books were raved about by many people I admire and a few I ven loveIn the nd however I am ntitled to feel ambivalent about what I read like what I like and see these books as struggles that helped me grow as a reader and further define my tastes in literatureThis book in particular challenged me throughout as at most I understood a third of the context I admired the fine line between truth and delusion and references to history religion science and magic I could have spent much longer on this novel and could have done much research to deepen my understanding but would throughout the book consciously choose not toI will leave you with a uote from the Book That Sums Up The Main Gist that sums up the main gist the book to my very limited understanding of what this novel is aboutThere are no bigger secrets because the moment a secret is revealed it seems little There is only an mpty secret A secret that keeps slipping through your fingers The secret of the orchid is that it signifies and affects the testicles But the testicles signify a sign of the zodiac which in turn signifies an angelic hierarchy which then signifies a musical scale Uesto romanzo magico sulla magia uesto romanzo misterioso sul segreto sulla creatività della finzione uesto romanzo tumultuoso uesto romanzo luminoso su un mondo sotterraneo Jacues Le Goff L'Espresso come in un ricchissimo Alice nel paese delle meraviglie per adulti che hanno conservato le angosce dell'infanzia Furio Colombo La StampaSono convinto che un giudizio serio su uest'opera che è comunue straordinaria anche a prima lettura può ssere dato sol se tien conto della continuità ,
Centre of the Earth and over to the other side6 Let s assume that the bob swings in the one plane a constant relative to the space outside the sphere of the Earth Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. eg as measured relative to the stars6 Let s try to do this very carefully just in case it swings back toxactly where we re sitting on the couch7 But it doesn t See steps 10 and 118 Let s assume that the bob swings so uickly that it takes an hour to swing back to the side it started ie a complete cycle9 Let s assume that the Earth is rotating once very 24 hours it is you know or is it10 Every hour the arth moves 15 degrees around its own 360 cycle 360 degrees24 hours 15 degrees11 By the time the bob returns to our side of the Earth it touches the inside of the sphere 15 degrees away from our couch12 Repeat another 23 times and the bob comes full circle and smashes our couch13 Fortunately it doesn t smash us as well because by now we understand how Foucault s Pendulum works and we got off the couch just in time14 If we map the path of the bob it will look something like this xcept that there would be 24 repetitions instead of ight 15 If we mapped 24 repetitions the map would look like a rose Hence in mathematics this type of map is referred to as a rose or rhodonea curve and Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, each half of a repetition from the circumference to the centre is called a petal16 Hence in Foucault s Pendulum Umberto Eco takes us from The Name of the Rose to The Shape of the Rose17 It is possible thatverything I ve said to you so far is falseSERIOUSThe uest for HappinessFoucault s Pendulum is at once a Post Modernist and an Existentialist novelUmberto Eco s focus is not just Religion It s any form of ideology Fascism the Resistance God SocialismFor Eco these ideologies or belief systems are Fixed Points that determine our relationship with the cosmosWhile individual lives might be relatively chaotic in constant motion the belief systems are supposed to fix and secure our relationship with the universe They create orderThe vehicles through which the novel Il morto di Maigret explores these issues are the Word the Book the Manifesto the Strategy the Planven the Five Year PlanAll of these things xist because we don t uite know what we need or want We re not yet happy nor do we really know how to get happy Each one is an apparatus which is offered to us to help in our uest for happinessThe Credulity of the Non BelieverEco loosely uotes GK Chesterton as follows When men stop believing in God it isn t that they then believe in nothing they believe in verythingThere is some uncertainty about the actual origin and wording of this uotation I wondered whether it had simply been translated from English to Italian and then back to English without checking the original However the accurate version of it is When people stop believing in God they don t believe in nothing they believe in anythingFilling the VoidReligion maintains that God xists verywhere for us and that the void does not Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition exist However its opponents acknowledge that there is a void but argue that it should notxist A void had been created and it has to be filledWhat is to be doneSomehow the Book whether or not it contains the Holy Word has become the vehicle with which to fill the void create meaning document beliefs and practices and address the need to be happyEsotericaMajor Religions have their own Holy Book However side by side with them are heretical Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom esoteric and occult works that cater to the same needMany fraternities and orders have grown up around these books I wonder what proportion of the members are female Their members derive order from their order In the case of the military orders the members also get their orders from their orderTo thextent that these books and beliefs have been perceived as heretical or threatening by mainstream religious institutions a culture of secrecy has grown up around them hence the term secret societiesThe Mystery DanceThere is often a sense in which some level of mystery and imprecision needs to be preserved The Templars mental confusion makes them indecipherableBecause heretical beliefs are Sexual Secrets erroneous in theyes of the Church Eco implies that rror is almost a secondary issue within soterica An rror can be the unrecognised bearer of truth True sotericism does not fear contradictionWhat s important is the uestion and the mystery as opposed to the answer and the certaintyA secret remains nchanting until it has been revealed at which point it has been mptied of Purely Sexual enchantmentEcoven speculates that the secret might be that there is no secret as long as those outside the
Order Believe Those Inside Know Something Theybelieve those inside know something they t knowSecrecy is important than the substance of the secret Perhaps what is most valuable is the bond between the members of the orderThe secret might simply be the framework or glue that initially connects them Once the order is in place it can survive of its own accord A Post Modernist PrankThe Post Modern aspects of the novel derive from the narrative in which its three protagonists Casaubon Belbo and Diotallevi resolve to fabricate a work of soterica so that a specialist publisher for which they work can capitalize on a credulous market the PlanFoucault s Pendulum becomes A NOVEL ABOUT THE INVENTION AND CONSTRUCTION OF A novel about the invention and construction of a of non fiction that is actually fictitious perhaps one that ven seeks to arrive at the truth through the painstaking reconstruction of a false textThe work needs to have words and facts and connectionsLike the bond of a secret society the power of words mer This book consists of predominantly two things 1 Endless dialogue by mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists 2 Endless dialogue by scholars who study mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists This is not a bad book but its not an asy read and not really a particularly njoyable one My njoyment or lack thereof was tempered by the fact that I was apparently trying to read one story but the author was trying to tell a different one Put another way I was trying to re Imagine three sarcastic over ducated ditors who work at a vanity publisher Owing to their occupation they naturally nd up reading an abundance of books about ridiculously grand conspiracy theories and occult societies the Freemasons the Templars the Rosicrucians the Illuminati Bavarian and otherwise and so on So they start to play a sort of free association game Let s connect all these things using the same half mad logic as the authors of these books into one grand design Thus The Plan is bornBut they re too good at it The Plan starts to get away from them After so long immersed in the dream logic of conspiracy theories you can form seemingly natural and ominous connections between any pair of things So when strange and ominous things do happen when the pieces seem to start falling into place is it just coincidence Are the things they thought they were making up realYes as others have said you ll get out the things they thought they were making up realYes as others have said you ll get out this book if you know multiple languages have a dictionary handy have some background in the occult tc Considering that the author and the protagonists are all polyglot intellectuals with doctorates in literature andor medieval history it ll naturally help you if you are similarly The Anathema Cell educated But I don t think that s necessary tonjoy the book overall It is wry and intellectual but at its heart it s a detective thriller A friend goes missing and Our Hero needs to find out why And he finds a lot than he bargained forSome notes for readers this book follows the pattern Our Hero just before the Final Confrontation takes a moment to flash back to all the circumstances leading him to this moment So you start out right near the nd You will be confused and overwhelmed Press on dear reader All the important things will be xplained Don t worry too much if you don t know Pookie-Pie everything about Kabbalah or Socialism in Italy in the 1960s they are not vital to the story But reading about them does add to thenjoymentIn fact I think that might be one of my favorite things about this book the sheer breadth of the references and allusions medieval history to James Joyce to the Beatles I could probably spend a couple of months plugging verything I didn t understand from my first reading into Wikipedia and seeing what I find outWhich I plan to do On my second reading. On la sensazione di aver compiuto un'esperienza necessaria È il grande libro sul vuoto di uesti anni lo dichiara se appena uno sa leggere Ed è il duro metallico libro che insegna a vivere con uesto vuoto a diventare adulti nell'unico tempo concesso Severi no Cesari Il ManifestoIl pendolo è libro superiore al Nome della rosa pur se meno organico proprio in uanto vi si incontra anche un Eco che non è più ludico ma come dice Mondo 'ha messo in gioco tutto se stesso' Maria Corti L'Indic.