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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana - Umberto Eco, Geoffrey Brock
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
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Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a loss of memory-he can remember the plot of every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, but he no longer knows his own name, doesn't recognize his wife or his daughters, and remembers nothing about his parents or his... show more
Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a loss of memory-he can remember the plot of every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, but he no longer knows his own name, doesn't recognize his wife or his daughters, and remembers nothing about his parents or his childhood. In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws to the family home somewhere in the hills between Milan and Turin. There, in the sprawling attic, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and the life racing before his eyes takes the form of a graphic novel. Yambo struggles through the frames to capture one simple, innocent image: that of his first love.A fascinating, abundant new novel-wide-ranging, nostalgic, funny, full of heart-from the incomparable Eco. (20050601)
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780156030434 (0156030438)
Publisher: Harcourt
Pages no: 469
Edition language: English
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Randolph "Dilda" Carter
Randolph "Dilda" Carter rated it
4.0 The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
A wonderful book again from Umberto Eco flawed, once again, by a weak and disappointing ending. It just seems, like Stephen King, he cannot take the time to write a decent ending that doesn't make the rest of the book seem less engaging. This book is not as dense and is more accessible than other ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0
mp3 Unabridged, and read by George Guidall. It is not chic to like Eco nowadays; if you want to admit to a penchant then it is best to keep that under wraps until he falls off his perch and then everyone will suddenly exclaim that although he had a couple of noticeable also-rans and one particular d...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
I really enjoyed reading this book - however, it's not really a novel, but an extended essay on how media interacts with personal identity.There are three parts; the first sets up the scenario: a middle-aged antiquarian book dealer has a selective form of amnesia: he can remember everything he's stu...
Never Read Passively
Never Read Passively rated it
1.0 The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
I read, struggled to read, half of The Mysterious Flame, then stopped. It's a frustratingly boring book by a nostalgic, older bibliophile about, surprise!, a nostalgic, older bibliophile. The story starts shortly after the protagonist suffers a sudden onset of amnesia. To reconstruct his life, he s...
rosemaryknits
rosemaryknits rated it
0.0 The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana
I really liked the writing style and the topic, I just couldn't get interested enough to actually finish this one. I'll try it again, later.
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