Foucault's Pendulum

Foucault's Pendulum

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Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled--a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault's Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2007, c1989
ISBN: 9780156032971
Branch Call Number: FIC ECO
Characteristics: x, 623 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Weaver, William 1923-


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Jul 10, 2018

Editors in a small self-publishing company attempt to piece together a theory encompassing all the conspiracies of their clients, making themselves targets in the process. The Mel Gibson film "Conspiracy Theory" (1997) has some less intellectual parallels.

VaughanPLDaniel Dec 16, 2016

Once described as "the thinking man's Da Vinci Code," Eco's sophomore novel, written over the course of eight years, is an exploration not only of lost ancient manuscripts, sinister secret societies, diabolical plans of world domination, but also, at its core, of the underlying psychological basis of humanity's perennial practice of constructing conspiracy theories, the kinds of exercises in paranoia in which novel's protagonists become deeply enmeshed, and the implications this activity has for meaning, interpretation and even sanity itself.

Dec 22, 2014

Undeniably a classic, exploring the shifting sands of meaning and perception in a self-deluding quest to understand the "real" story behind the Holy Grail. Eco packs a lot into his epic, and it's perhaps stuffed with too much detail. Then again, that may have been necessary for a book that attempts to expose the perils of connecting everything to everything.

Nov 04, 2013

Another great novel by Mr. Eco, awesome food for the intellect and the imagination.

Aug 09, 2013

Eco is a Professor of semiotics at University of Bologna. I didn't know what semiotics meant, really, so I read this book, translated into English. My Italian friend says Eco is complex even in Italian. Full of occult, arcane information. The Masons, Cabalists, Illuminati, Jesuits, Brazilian occult practitioners, a bit of the history of science and technology, and of course it is really all about the Templars. Quite a journey. Much of it is apparently historical fact, and it reads like Dan Brown for academics. Turns out that semiotics is symbolism. A two-renewal read if you are up to it, and includes some mathematics at the beginning to frighten off the weak. Thrilling.

Jul 12, 2012

A brilliant book by a wonderful writer. Very creative. I read it when I was 8 and then again at the age of 11. Read this book!

Katje Feb 24, 2012

This was good - but annoyingly and excessively detailed - felt like I had to open my laptop to Google while reading so I could check the endless, constant obscure references. Also too vague at the end for my taste. But - I did keep reading until the end. I have been known to toss books to the side unfinished, and this was not one of them.

wilee67 Mar 24, 2011

A book that will make you think and open up a new world of arcane philosophies.


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mariednguyen Sep 27, 2013

Foucault's Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth. The novel is full of esoteric references to the Kabbalah, alchemy and conspiracy theory, so many that critic and novelist Anthony Burgess suggested that it needed an index. The title of the book refers to an actual pendulum designed by the French physicist Léon Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the earth, which has symbolic significance within the novel. Although some believe it refers to the philosopher Michel Foucault noting Eco's friendship with the French philosopher, the author "specifically rejects any intentional reference to Michel Foucault" — and this is regarded as one of his subtle literary jokes.

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