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Author: Umberto Eco
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. — Bor...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780965451796
ISBN-10: 0965451798
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 522
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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GrannyGamer avatar reviewed Baudolino on + 153 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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!
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
A well researched Eco book. Tough read. You gotta be in the mood.
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Helpful Score: 1
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".
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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canadianeh avatar reviewed Baudolino on + 242 more book reviews
I don't understand why this title is rated so low by some readers. It's a rare accomplishment. Set in the middle ages, it is both serious and funny, with characters that jump off the page. Buadolino is one himself, narrating this fantastical tale of exploits. It reads well and is full of historical details and great descriptions. Every bit as good as the Name of the Rose.

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