Baudolino Author:Umberto Eco, William Weaver (Translator) An extraordinary epic, brilliantly-imagined, new novel from a world-class writer and author of The Name of the Rose. Discover the Middle Ages with Baudolino -- a wondrous, dazzling, beguiling tale of history, myth and invention. It is 1204, and Constantinople is being sacked and burned by the knights of the fourth Crusade. — Amid the car... more »nage and confusion Baudolino saves a Byzantine historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors, and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story.« less
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.