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The Prague Cemetery | [Umberto Eco]

The Prague Cemetery

Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.
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Publisher's Summary

Whether it’s a critically acclaimed novel or provocative collection of essays, every work from best-selling author Umberto Eco is a highly anticipated publishing event. The Prague Cemetery is set amid conspiracy-rich 19th century Europe, where intrigue abounds—and where a lone, evil genius may be pulling all the strings.

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What the Critics Say

“This work of teasing historical pseudo-reconstruction combines an intriguing philosophy of history with an elaborate set of reflections on narrative and the nature of fiction." (Times Literary Supplement)

"A whirlwind tour of conspiracy and political intrigue...this dark tale is delightfully embellished with sophisticated and playful commentary on, among other things, Freud, metafiction, and the challenges of historiography." (Booklist)

"He's got a humdinger in this new high-level whodunit...a perplexing, multilayered, attention-holding mystery." (Kirkus Review, starred)

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    Rochelle Watertown, NY 06-12-12
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    "I always finish the books I start...until this one"

    This plot was so confusing I never did really figure out what was going on. I just couldn't get into it. I only finished half of it! I think this is the first time I haven't finished a book! To be fair, I listen before bed, so I probably was not at my peak. I guess if you want a challenge give it a go!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rainiac 01-23-12
    Rainiac 01-23-12 Member Since 2015

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    "The Prague Cemetery"

    I was so bored I couldn't focus and stopped listening 3/4 of the way through.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dee 01-21-12
    Dee 01-21-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Boring, unbelievable, and nasty"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot. The only intrique was obvious and all the nastiness was petty; designed to shock and do very little more. After a while I lost interest in the characters. I didn't care what they did. I didn't like them. You could throw all of them into the basement as far as I am concerned.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably non-fiction. Just to get the bad taste out of my mouth.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He reads this beautifuly. The only reason I listened to so much of it was because he was reading it. But I'm disappointed that he agreed to read it. Usually he picks better books


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    deborah Palm Coast, FL, United States 01-24-12
    deborah Palm Coast, FL, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My last Eco novel ever"

    If you can get past the racists rantings that make up the first 90 minutes of the audiobook, you'll find the story not worth the effort.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    judy johnson 11-21-11 Member Since 2015
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    "awful. not for beginners. just skip it ,.. really."

    this book sounded wonderful from the review, but it's really only good for putting you to sleep or making you angry. hard to understand unless you speak at least 5 european languages, .... can't believe i bought this. waste of credit. basically the story of an anti-semite weirdo in the 1890's. yuck.
    and just so you don't think i'm a dumb american, i have a genius iq and still disliked it.

    7 of 28 people found this review helpful

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