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Posted by Sterling on 18/12/2017, 21:33:33, in reply to "Re: Baudolino"
Yes, I remember enjoying The Name of the Rose very much. Indeed, I should probably re-read it because I've forgotten a lot of it. I also think that I liked Foucault's Pendulum reasonably well although as I recall there was too much arcane philosophy for me. We read The Prague Cemetery here. That novel is reasonably entertaining although I found his cavalier treatment of anti-semitism distasteful. Baudolino, however, I'm not enjoying.
I think it takes a special artistic talent to pull off a picaresque novel. When it's just one damn thing after another, with no unifying plot, theme. or thread aside from the main character, you must have a flair for pace, dynamics, contrast and continuity, as well as great powers of invention. Don Quixote comes to mind. Roderick Random, The Pickwick Papers, Huckleberry Finn. Eco does not have the gift, in my opinion.