Another one down

I finished reading Umberto Eco’s Misreadings today, again on my lunch break, again at a Japanese elementary school.

While I am not going to do a full review here, I will comment that I found it both thought-provoking and hilarious. There were a number of times when I had to stifle guffaws and chuckled to myself at Eco’s writing (sometimes receiving comment from some of the native teachers).

I particularly enjoyed the fictionalized editor’s notes (especially the one on the Bible, wherein the editor suggests that only the first five chapters should be purchased by his publishing house and perhaps re-titled as The Red Sea Desperadoes.)

I also enjoyed his critique of an early nineteenth century Italian novel (which Eco suggests is akin to the work of Walter Scott) treated as though it were a work by Joyce following Finnegan’s Wake. Thus, we get the brilliant line, “I promessi sposi begins where Finnegan’s Wake ends…”

While I have not read it (I will, one day), I do know that Finnegan’s Wake begins where Finnegan’s Wake ends.

There are a number of other amusing essays, but, suffice to say, I enjoyed the book.

I think I will be reading another book of Eco’s essays before I delve into anything else, though I suspect that this next will be a more serious, though slightly shorter text (117 pages vs. Misreadings’ 180).


~ by truth9 on May 16, 2007.

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