As Constantinople is being pillaged and burned in April 1204, a young man, Baudolino, manages to save a historian and a high court official from certain death at the hands of crusading warriors. Born a simple peasant, Baudolino has two gifts: his ability to learn languages and to lie. A young man, he is adopted by a foreign commander who sends him to university in Paris. After he allies with a group of fearless and adventurous fellow students, they go in search of a vast kingdom to the East - a kingdom of strange creatures, eunuchs, unicorns and, of course, lovely maidens.
Fusing historical events with myths and fables, this is a lighthearted, splendid tale.
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Umberto Eco books are always convoluted and tricky and this book is no exception. I enjoyed the story but the reading was first rate. This probably the best reading I have heard out of the 10+ books I have listened to. He enlivened a story that dragged a little at times. I'm sorry it's over.
Julieta de los espíritus
I come back over and over again to this book because in it, Eco achieves to address serious and difficult matters as politics, power, religion, ambition or deceit in such a human and clever way, that it makes you think about them without hatred or fear or weariness. There are no black and white characters. You can sympathise with almost all of them because they are simply human, mistaken, misguided, or fanatics, but simply human. It makes you think, but it makes you laughs. It shows you beauty, goodness, friendship, compassion, survival, and a lot of what we have being and still are as human beings. It reminds us that we have Heaven and Hell all inside each one of us.
George Guidall’s narration makes the most of it. You can spend hours listening this audiobook without noticing the ticking of the clock.
A fascinating story made all the better by the philosophy, history, and theology woven throughout.
"A mythical portrait of an extraordinary time"
Never read the paper version.
The psychological musings of the characters and the authenticity of their conversations, fitting the context of a time when much was imagined but very little known, to the common man. This book is great for getting one's imagination working. It is an epic.
"not in the league of The Rose."
initially facinating, but became tedious.
Unable to finish after 50% heard.
Umberto Eco can be a marvelous writer, but not this time.
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