Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

Posted January 23, 2010 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in Literature / 0 Comments


Foucault's PendulumI found this book recently called “Foucault’s Pendulum” (still haven’t read it) but I’m in love with the concept. Reminds me of the John Cage Quote “Finnegans Wake is one of the books I’ve which always loved, but never read” (sorry for the tangent, just adding that quote to remind me to write about both John Cage and Finnegans Wake).

Written by Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco the novel is basically about three friends that decide they can make a better conspiracy theory then what’s out there and they set out to create the conspiracy known as ‘The Plan’. As the story progresses these three begin to forget it’s a game and become more and more obsessed with the ideas and theories and start making connections to other theories out there; like lost artefacts and the Templers. Even a very real secret society begins to believe one of the three possesses the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. Eventually ‘The Plan’ involves connections between a whole range of different societies like;

  • The Knights Templar
  • The Rosicrucians
  • The Gnostics
  • The Freemasons
  • The Bavarian Illuminati
  • The Elders of Zion
  • The Assassins of Alamut
  • The Cabalists
  • The Bogomils
  • The Cathars
  • The Jesuits

The concept is brilliant and makes me ponder a few ideas, like ‘Will people believe anything that is printed?’ and ‘Do you start believing your own lies if you say them enough?’

I have a huge pile of books to read but I’m excited about reading this book. It has been described as “the thinking person’s Da Vinci Code” with makes me even more excited, I know the Da Vinci Code was a good read but it wasn’t thought provoking.

0 responses to “Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco

  1. Angela E. Andrewes

    I’d have to say I feel the same way about all of Eco’s books! I own all of them and would say ‘I love them’ but have only read snippets of each of them! My usual modus operandi is to just pick them up every couple of weeks, read a couple of pages and then go back to something vapid & vacuous… Or at least something with a plot I can follow more readily! He has some wonderful ideas and some really beautiful lines. It’s like treating yourself to a really nourishing meal after eating junk all week!

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