Book review: Umberto Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana’

This review originally ran in May 2005 in the Albany Times Union. Memory, identity evaporate in ‘Queen Loana’ Among life’s great chores is the sorting through of old papers, books, records and magazines long ago left in the attic. Few events combine such tedium with unexpected moments of rich nostalgia, in which a single imageContinue reading “Book review: Umberto Eco’s ‘The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana’”

Eco’s ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’

In March, Umberto Eco’s novel is being reissued. It’s been years since I’ve read it, but it was a fun and complex story. I always liked to think of it as the kind of twisty, conspiracy-laden novel that could best be summed up as “The Da Vinci Code” for people who actually liked to read.Continue reading “Eco’s ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’”