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Travel with Salmon?

Umberto Eco has been hit or miss for me. The Name of the Rose is one of my all-time favorite reads, but his other works are just okay. That said, Mr. Eco has a literary aura that somehow keeps me drawn to checking out his works. I have had my eye on this collection of essays, which Umberto Eco calls his diario minimo—minimal diaries, after the magazine column in which he began “pursuing the pathways of parody.” The title alone is more than enough to convince me taking the book home. Eco has obviuosly been highly praised for his wit and observation, and this is born out by the self assured style of delivery in this collection of small pieces. I perused the book fora good thirty minutes at the bookstore but forced myself to stop because this collection, which touches on air travel, television, soccer, library, cellphone and more, is what a vacation book should be: easy reading with keen observations. The book has enough substance to it that it’s not fluffy. The observations are very clever and in most cases have been thought out in depth and are set out with beautiful clarity, leaving the simple images lolling comfortingly in the warm lap of the reader rather than hounding with supercilious derision. This would be a perfect book (one of the books) to keep me company on a 14-hour flight over the Pacific.

2 Responses

  1. This sounds really interesting. I am highly anticipating reading In The Name of The Rose as it sits patiently on the shelf waiting for the anticipation to continue building up. Meantime though, I am finding his Prague Cemetery abit of a struggle to plow through, even in audiobook format. It started off interestingly enough, though.
    Hope you have fun with this Salmon on your long flight! 🙂

  2. Prague Cemetery is my target, having not read any of his books. Thanks for sharing this.

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