Baudolino by Umberto Eco

January 2004

I finished this book quite a while ago now, but I still remember enjoying every page of it. It's like a combination of The Name of the Rose (due to its medieval setting) and Foucault's Pendulum (due to its storyline involving protagonists who create an imaginary history and then start to believe it themselves, essentially making their tall tales come "true"). I read reviews which complained that there were too many passages filled with obscure historical details which were confusing and dull, but I don't agree with that assessment at all - and I don't just say that because I'm a medieval history nut. The book is funny, fascinating, and a real page-turner, and I'm delighted to find my beloved Mr. Eco in such good form. This is historical fiction the way it's meant to be.

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