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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco ,. William Weaver Translator. Foucault's Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth. The novel is full of esoteric references to the Kabbalah. Bored with their work, and after reading too m Foucault's Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth.
Bored with their work, and after reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories, three vanity publisher employees Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon invent their own conspiracy for fun. They call this satirical intellectual game "The Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real. The three become increasingly obsessed with The Plan, and sometimes forget that it's just a game.
Worse still, other conspiracy theorists learn about The Plan, and take it seriously. Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society that believes he possesses the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semioticadventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published March 5th by Mariner Books first published More Details Original Title. Italy Milan Italy. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Foucault's Pendulum , please sign up.
Is Foucault's Pendulum a difficult read? J Yes, it's difficult unless you are a human encyclopedia like the writer. This book uses the phrase "facies hermeticae" a few times and I've yet to figure out what it means in the given context.
The top google results are quotations from the book, can anyone explain what Eco means by this? Douglas Roberts I'm pretty sure it's a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it's first used it's about …more I'm pretty sure it's a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it's first used it's about how they literally all have a certain look about them Lorenza says "professional sorcerers with faces exactly like professional sorcerers", then describes them.
Diotallevi quips "Facies hermetica", and from then on it's an in-joke. See all 11 questions about Foucault's Pendulum…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Foucault's Pendulum. Imagine three sarcastic, over-educated editors who work at a vanity publisher.
Owing to their occupation, they naturally end up reading an abundance of books about ridiculously grand conspiracy theories and occult societies - the Freemasons, the Templars, the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati Bavarian and otherwise , and so on.
So they start to play a sort of free-association game: Let's connect all these things, using the same half-mad logic as the authors of these books, into one grand design. Thu Imagine three sarcastic, over-educated editors who work at a vanity publisher. Thus The Plan is born. But they're too good at it. The Plan starts to get away from them. After so long immersed in the dream-logic of conspiracy theories you can form seemingly-natural and ominous connections between any pair of things.
So when strange and ominous things do happen, when the pieces seem to start falling into place, is it just coincidence? Are the things they thought they were making up real? Yes, as others have said, you'll get more out of this book if you know multiple languages, have a dictionary handy, have some background in the occult, etc. But I don't think that's necessary to enjoy the book overall. It is wry and intellectual but at its heart it's a detective thriller: A friend goes missing and Our Hero needs to find out why.
And he finds a lot more than he bargained for. Some notes for readers: this book follows the pattern "Our Hero, just before the Final Confrontation, takes a moment to flash back to all the circumstances leading him to this moment. You will be confused and overwhelmed. Press on, dear reader. All the important things will be explained. Don't worry too much if you don't know everything about Kabbalah or Socialism in Italy in the s - they are not vital to the story.
But reading about them does add to the enjoyment. In fact, I think that might be one of my favorite things about this book: the sheer breadth of the references and allusions - medieval history to James Joyce to the Beatles.
I could probably spend a couple of months plugging everything I didn't understand from my first reading into Wikipedia and seeing what I find out. Which I plan to do. On my second reading. View all 12 comments. This book consists of predominantly two things: 1 Endless dialogue by mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists; 2 Endless dialogue by scholars who study mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists.
This is not a bad book, but its not an easy read, and not really a particularly enjoyable one. My enjoyment, or lack thereof, was tempered by the fact that I was apparently trying to read one story, but the author was trying to tell a different one. Put another way, I was trying to This book consists of predominantly two things: 1 Endless dialogue by mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists; 2 Endless dialogue by scholars who study mentally unbalanced paranoid conspiracy theorists.
Put another way, I was trying to read about plot, but the author was trying to write about person. Conceptually, this book is fascinating, but the execution was wanting; again, this may be because Eco was trying to tell a different story than I wanted to read. Many others describe this book as "thrilling" or a "roller coaster ride" but it's not. It's supposed to be, I think, but the tension is lost in the morass of dialogue and background. It does show how conspiracy theorists can make any idea self-prophecisizing sp?
View all 17 comments. Only when I was half way through did I notice a sheet of white paper slipped into the last pages. It shows four hand-drawn circles, each of which contains the name of a city and a number. If the numbers represent years, they cover 21 years.
If you add 2 and 1, you get the number 3. If you examine the gaps between the years, you get the numbers 11, 4 and 6. If you add these numbers, you get 21, which when added together, comes to 3. If you add 1, 1, 4 and 6, you get 12, which when added, comes to 3. If the numbers are not years and you add them together, you get 8, If you add these numbers, you get 14, and if you add 1 and 4, you get 5.
If you add 3 and 5, you get 8, which is exactly twice the number of circles on the sheet. Here is a photo of the sheet: I've been back to the bookshop where I bought my copy, but the owner wasn't able to remember who she had bought the book from. I'm not sure how many of these cities get mentioned in the novel [all but Madrid, as it turns out, unless I'm mistaken]. However, I've since discovered the following facts with the assistance of Professor Googlewiki.
In Paris, the Temple was a medieval fortress, located in what is now the 3rd arrondissement. The Knights Templar originally constructed it as their European headquarters.
Pendulul lui Foucault (Foucault's Pendulum)
It was first published in , and an English translation by William Weaver appeared a year later. Foucault's Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth. The satirical novel is full of esoteric references to Kabbalah , alchemy , and conspiracy theory —so many that critic and novelist Anthony Burgess suggested that it needed an index. Some believe that it refers to Michel Foucault ,  noting Eco's friendship with the French philosopher,  but the author "specifically rejects any intentional reference to Michel Foucault"  —this is regarded as one of his subtle literary jokes. He believes that members of a secret society have kidnapped his friend Jacopo Belbo and are now after him. Most of the novel is then told in flashback as Casaubon waits in the museum. In s Milan , Casaubon is studying the history of the Knights Templar when he meets Belbo and his colleague Diotallevi.
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