The Island of the Day Before

The Island of the Day Before

Book - 1995
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In 1643 a castaway comes upon an abandoned ship anchored off a desert island. As he explores the vessel's mysterious cargo, he revisits the events of his tempestuous youth-and limns his era's obsession with science and navigation. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1995.
ISBN: 9780151001514
0151001510
Characteristics: 515 p. ;,24 cm.

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erfar
Feb 17, 2016

Convoluted, imaginary story within a story within a story. Tedious; pedantic, no plot. As if the author merely wanted to show off his erudition. NOT recommended!

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jdhmsw
Jul 17, 2012

suspend that righteous grip on reality and allow yourself to be carried away by this story teller -- he will take you on some delightful trips. and maybe have a dictionary with you and see if you can figure out which words are made up.

i don't read italian and so can't comment on the translation -- but would love to read comments from someone who can compare this version with the original...

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rslade
Apr 12, 2012

Umberto Eco is definitely erudite, but his books are a bit short on plot. He is definitely a "novelist," exploring ideas, but once you've read one, you've pretty much read them all: they go nowhere. I suppose the protagonist of this book does go somewhere, first from his hometown to a seige, and then to an island halfway round the world (pretty much literally), but although things do happen there is not much point to them. (Then he makes his imaginary evil twin do the same.)

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