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 northernIt 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.
Baudolino It is April 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
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Baudolino, Umberto EcoBaudolino is a 2000 novel by Umberto Eco about the adventures of a man named Baudolino in the known and mythical Christian world of the 12th century.In the year of 1204, Baudolino of Alessandria enters Constantinople, unaware of the Fourth Crusade that has thrown the city into chaos In the confusion, he meets Niketas Choniates and saves his life Niketas is amazed by his language genius, speaking many languages he has never heard, and on the question if he is not part of the [...]
in a great history little truths can be altered so that the greater truth emerges What would an Umberto Eco novel be without a pile of theological debate, historical references bordering on the obscure, and convoluted story telling that makes your head spin What would an Eco novel be without causing you to ask yourself what the heck was that after you finish reading it Or heaps of tongue in cheek phrases that make you wonder if he s being serious or mocking e answer is, not much of an Umberto Ec [...]
This is a novel that I love to return to.Baudolino, a self declared liar tells the story of his life to a Byzantine court official and historian who he has rescued from the sack of Constantinople during the fourth crusade.Baudolino s story takes in the life and career of his imperial majesty the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, study at the university of Paris, the third crusade up to the death of the emperor, the acquisition of the mummified bodies of the three kings for Cologne Cathedral, the dis [...]
Okudu um en g zel romanlardan birisi a m z n en iyi romanc lar ndan birisi kabul edilen Umberto Eco nun bu ahane roman , bir sahtekar n hikayesi Baudolino talya n n kuzeyinde do an, ve s yledi i yalanlarla yaratt d nyan n i inde tamamen kaybolan Baudolino ile birlikte ha l seferinden Alamut a, Akhunlardan Kuzey Avrupa ya o d nemin t m d nyas n geziyoruz adeta.Baudolino, fakir bir k yde fakir bir ailenin ocu u olarak b y r Ailesi o kadar sefil durumdad r ki, ocuklar n kolayca satarlar Bundan sonr [...]
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Baudolino is a difficult book to summarise, because the you read, the you realise that the plot is merely incidental and the book is really about something else entirely In fact, if you were to read this book for the plot you would be very confused very quickly The story is a first person account by the eponymous Baudolino of his life, as told to Niketas whom he rescues from the sack of Constantinople It chronicles his adventures from 1155 when he was adopted in all but name by Emperor Frederi [...]
Umberto Eco, who previously gave us The Name of the Rose and Foucault s Pendulum, gives us a fantasy historical novel about the fictional right hand man to Frederick the First 1122 1190 , also known as Barbarossa, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Our hero, Baudolino, is a kind of Henry Kissinger sent off by the emperor to make peace, conduct negotiations and threaten war Baudolino is an inveterate liar and stretcher of the truth, so when he undertakes a multi year mission to find the mythical Pr [...]
Umberto Eco s novels are the Harvard doctorate to Dan Brown s middle school nonsense Whereas Brown fascinates the masses with half truth historical art and religion, Eco is a stunning scholar, simply overwhelming the sophisticated reader, pleasurably, with ancient languages Ave, evcharisto, salam 376 and sometimes arcane belief systems His characters may not be as deep or personable as less ambitious novels I decided that if this was my fate, it was useless for me to try to become like other men [...]
Jo jedan sjajan roman Umberta Eka Srednjovekovna istorija, prepli e se sa mitom i fantazijom.U romanu ima svega istorijskih doga aja Krsta ki ratovi,opsada Konstantinopolja,vladavina Fridriha I Barbarose , potrage za Svetim gralom i carstvom Prezvitera Jovana,mitskih bi a skijapodi,satiri,hipatije ,filozofije.Na ovo uzbudljivo putovanje vodi nas Baudolino,posinak Fridriha Barbarose,koji je ve t u pripovedanju , ali i u izmisljanju pri a
So many stories are themselves about stories and storytelling There is something about this basic act of creation and communication that captivates the human mind and spirit Storytelling necessarily blurs the line between truth and falsehood there is no way to relate any story, even history, with perfect truth, for we are all fallible and subjective beings And history that patchwork quilt of stories that make the grandest narrative of them all is probably lies than truth We are blessed or curse [...]
Now, one of our brothers, Eldad of the tribe of Dan, than a hundred years ago, arrived at Qayrawan, in Africa, where a community of the Chosen People exists, saying that he came from the kingdom of the ten lost tribes, a land blessed by heaven, where life is peaceful, never troubled by any crime, where truly the streams flow with milk and honey This land has remained separated from every other country because it is defended by the river Sambatyon, which is as wide as the shot of the mightiest b [...]
There were three reasons why I read this book One, Eco, I d heard so much talk about his work fiction and non Two, the setting, the Middle Ages, a historical period that is a bit of a gap for me Three, an unreliable narrator, Usual Suspects is one of my favorite movies for this reason Fictional stories are all lies, but in that world, you expect truth, but when you find out the fiction you are experiencing is also a fiction, well that is just delicious I enjoyed Baudolino s world where lies beco [...]
Giri ten bir s re sonra s r kleyicili ini ve amac n kaybetmi ti ama son 150 200 sayfada tekrar s r kleyici ve ilgi ekici olmay ba ard benim a mdan zellikle art k iyice fantastik kurgu k sm na girildi i zaman D nyaya inanc m kaybetti im zaman ilgili sayfalara d n p Hipatia n n bilgelikle ilgili konu malar n okuyabilirim O k s m ok ba ar l yd.
Baudolino once again shows Eco s amazing ability to turn what may be a boring pseudo historical narrative into something hilarious, occasionally cheeky, and always insightful.If Baudolino is to be believed, he was single handedly responsible for the canonization of Charlemagne, was responsible for the propagation of the myth of Prester John, and indirectly fueled Frederick s ill fated Third Crusade The story that Umberto Eco created fits so perfectly behind history as we know it that it s someti [...]
In that curiously relaxing time between Christmas and New Year s, when there s not much to do except sit around and read if you re lucky enough to work somewhere that shuts down between the two , I picked up Baudolino It was one of the pile of books I plowed my way through while visiting my in laws I hadn t had that much concentrated reading time in quite a while Gosh, it was nice Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came [...]
Eco s sophisticated mingling of historical facts with medieval philosophy and theology as well as with a fictional hero, who is really an anti hero, makes you really dive into the Middle Ages The first thing we learn about Baudolino is that he is a liar He warns us that we must not believe him And yet, he narrates a story so charming, so exciting and so obviously untrue that leaves you with no other choice than believing anything he says There is not a single Umberto Eco novel that I haven t rea [...]
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Sometimes, when what we ve sought is almost within our grasp, we make our faith a lie so that we don t have to give up our quest by achieving its goal When I finished Thomas Pynchon s V last month, the sentence above was my entire review of it because I felt that was the most important thing I took away from that reading of the book As I read V I sensed it possessed a similarity of aura with Umberto Eco s Foucault s Pendulum Toward the end of Baudolino I received V s message again from a differe [...]
Baudolino is a liar His life is a picaresque and often amusing novel where History mixes with history What s funny for me, it is the relics traffic At the middle ge, it was a very profitable buisness There is a joke it was said that, with all authentics pieces of the Jesus s cross carefully collected in the churches, we could build an arch for No Style is beautiful, it is magnificiently written It is felt that Eco take pleasure to write it, Eco let him go Then, truth or lie No importance Alexan [...]
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I m a total sucker for medieval stories, which made up for the fact that I know sweet eff all about the various finer points of Christian theology that so much of the book revolves around I suspect the novel might be rather boring if you re into neither knights nor Jesus.Predictably, the language is complex and interesting a testament to the translator as well , and carries the novel through some of the slow passages There s also a convenient point at which the story breaks pretty cleanly from w [...]
Great imaginative novel, its only weakness being its sprawling structure Contained within the novel are mythical creatures, legends, a genuine locked room murder mystery, and lots of Gnostic memes All of this told through the self admitted lying narrator, perhaps one of the better unreliable narrators I ve ever read The meditations on the nature of myth and legend and the innate need for stories of power were great Perhaps my favorite moment was two mythical creatures debating the Holy Trinity.
Io me lo sentivo che Eco ed io c azzeccavamo poco l uno con l altra.Lo guardavo sempre con un misto di riluttanza e allo stesso tempo curiosit Sar perch da piccola aprii per caso L isola del giorno prima e richiusi il libro dopo aver letto le prime pagine, sentendomi abbastanza allucinata e confusa A quei tempi per me era semplicemente ridondante e quasi geroglifico per una che era abituata a Geronimo Stilton.Di fatto da quel momento in poi si stamp in me l associazione di Eco come una calamita [...]
In The Name of the Rose , Umberto Eco managed the extraordinary feet of balancing his philosophical preoccupations against the needs of story telling Baudolino is even ambitious taking on the nature of story telling itself but achieves less The forum for Eco s musings is an invented character, Baudolino, who travels Zelig like between the real events around the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th a couple of Crusades, the fall of Constantinople, the wars of Frederick Barbarossa, the strug [...]