I hesitated to read this book since I've found some of Eco's previous books to be a bit difficult to understand. But this one was extremely entertaining (except for a short period in which he gets into heavy theological discussion which verges on sermonizing). But most of the book is the interesting and often hilarious telling of the adventures of a young man named "Baudolino" who goes on a quest for the Holy Grail.
Having the book read by the talented George Guidall (one of the best narrators in the business) was a big help and the entire book, although long (19 hrs!) went quickly. In some ways, I didn't want the adventures to end.
I'm sure literary critics will discover and discuss all sorts of hidden meanings and symbolism that I missed. Who cares? I had fun reading it and consider it 19 hours very well spent!
The story of a chameleon-like peasant in the middle ages which sweeps all across the late Roman Empire. Not one of Eco's best, but still Eco.
A well researched Eco book. Tough read. You gotta be in the mood.
Rather a slog wading through Ecco's prose. This is a book one must struggle to read. The story line is good but the book is just not a "good read".
An epic adventure by Umberto Eco. This was my first foray into Eco and it was a bit daunting. The story is full of adventures and travels, and some of those purely the invention of the main character, Baudolino, so it's easy to get a bit flustered. Very imaginative and colorful.