I hesitated to read this book since I've found some of Eco's previous books to be a bit difficult to understand. But this one was extremely entertaining (except for a short period in which he gets into heavy theological discussion which verges on sermonizing). But most of the book is the interesting and often hilarious telling of the adventures of a young man named "Baudolino" who goes on a quest for the Holy Grail.
Having the book read by the talented George Guidall (one of the best narrators in the business) was a big help and the entire book, although long (19 hrs!) went quickly. In some ways, I didn't want the adventures to end.
I'm sure literary critics will discover and discuss all sorts of hidden meanings and symbolism that I missed. Who cares? I had fun reading it and consider it 19 hours very well spent!
The story of a chameleon-like peasant in the middle ages which sweeps all across the late Roman Empire. Not one of Eco's best, but still Eco.
A well researched Eco book. Tough read. You gotta be in the mood.
I don't understand why this title is rated so low by some readers. It's a rare accomplishment. Set in the middle ages, it is both serious and funny, with characters that jump off the page. Buadolino is one himself, narrating this fantastical tale of exploits. It reads well and is full of historical details and great descriptions. Every bit as good as the Name of the Rose.
Rather a slog wading through Ecco's prose. This is a book one must struggle to read. The story line is good but the book is just not a "good read".
An epic adventure by Umberto Eco. This was my first foray into Eco and it was a bit daunting. The story is full of adventures and travels, and some of those purely the invention of the main character, Baudolino, so it's easy to get a bit flustered. Very imaginative and colorful.
This was an amusing work of historical fiction, and it proves that con artists have been around since the start of time. Eco's works are always deliciously complex with robust characters. This book was especially interesting as two stories were being told at once. This one is a must for all lovers of hi-fi (historical fiction). Feel free to email with any questions. ~LeAnn
I haven't read this book, although I did enjoy Eco's "The Name of the Rose". My husband read this one and enjoyed it.