Baudolino

Baudolino

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It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story.

Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts-a talent for learning languages and a skill in telling lies. When still a boy he meets a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends.

Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East-a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens.

With dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, extraordinary feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is Eco the storyteller at his brilliant best.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 9780156029063
0156029065
Branch Call Number: ECO U
Characteristics: 527 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Weaver, William 1923-

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Memawrayne
May 07, 2017

Having read other books by this author including The Name of the Rose which I thoroughly enjoyed, i found this book a little strange. Words like weird or bizarre come to mind. There was a weak story line with alot of religious overtones and sexual references. Some parts moved along well and other sections just drug along at a snail's pace.

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pridi_o
Apr 06, 2017

I loved The name of the Rose. I read it twenty years ago, living in a different time and space… Baudolino seemed to me too long, with too many unnecessary details. I skipped pages at the end of the book. Yet I find the idea of the book brilliant. The language, imagination, the balance of politics, romance, and laughter is perfect… Maybe in this space and time, I just can't focus on long reads anymore...

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nlamm
Aug 03, 2011

Not for the intellectually faint-of-heart. If you are fascinated by arcane trivia, and medieval processes, this book is for you. If not, stick to Harry Potter probably.

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