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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Foucault’s Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth.
The novel is full umbberto esoteric references to the Kabbalah. Bored with their work, and after reading too m Foucault’s Pendulum is divided into ten segments represented by the ten Sefiroth. Bored with their work, and after reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories, three vanity publisher employees Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon invent their own conspiracy for fun.
They call this satirical intellectual game “The Plan,” a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real. The three become increasingly obsessed with The Plan, and sometimes forget that pendilo just a game. Worse still, other conspiracy theorists learn about The Plan, and take it seriously. Belbo finds himself the target of a real secret society that believes he possesses the key to the lost treasure of the Knights Templar.
Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment. Paperbackfoucaul. Published March 5th by Harvest Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Foucault’s Pendulumplease sign up. Is Foucault’s Pendulum a difficult read? J Yes, it’s difficult unless you are a human encyclopedia like the writer.
This book uses the phrase “facies hermeticae” a few times and I’ve yet to figure out what it means in the given context. The top google results are quotations from the book, can anyone explain what Eco means by this? Douglas Roberts I’m pretty sure it’s a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it’s first used it’s about …more Foucaylt pretty sure it’s a joke at the expense of the hermetic characters the publishers spend much of their time with, as when it’s first used it’s about how they literally all have a certain look about them Lorenza says “professional sorcerers with faces exactly like professional sorcerers”, then describes them.
Diotallevi quips “Facies hermetica”, and from then on it’s an in-joke. See all 10 questions about Foucault’s Pendulum…. Lists with This Book. Imagine three sarcastic, over-educated editors who work at a vanity publisher.
Owing to their occupation, they naturally end up reading an abundance of books about ridiculously grand conspiracy theories and occult societies – the Freemasons, the Templars, the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati Bavarian and otherwiseand so on.
So they start to play a sort of free-association game: Let’s connect all these things, using the same half-mad logic as the authors of these books, into one grand design.
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Thu Imagine three sarcastic, over-educated editors who work at a vanity publisher. Thus The Plan is born. But they’re too good at it. The Plan starts to get away from them. After so long immersed in the dream-logic of conspiracy theories you can form seemingly-natural and ominous connections between any pair of things. So when strange and ominous things do happen, when the pieces seem to start falling into place, is it just coincidence? Are the things they thought they were making up real?
Yes, as others have umbertto, you’ll get more out of this book if you know multiple languages, have a dictionary handy, have some background in the occult, etc.
But I don’t think that’s necessary to enjoy the book overall. It is wry and intellectual but at its heart it’s a detective thriller: A friend goes missing and Our Hero needs to find out why. And he finds a lot more than he bargained for. Some notes for readers: You will be confused and overwhelmed. Press on, dear reader. All the important things will be explained. Don’t worry too ukberto if you don’t know everything about Kabbalah or Socialism in Italy in the s – they are not vital to the story.
But reading about them does add to the enjoyment.
In fact, Umberot think that might be one of my favorite things about this book: I could probably spend a couple of months plugging everything I didn’t understand from my first reading into Wikipedia and seeing what I find out.
Which I plan to do. On my second reading. View all 10 comments.
This book consists of focuault two things: This is not a bad book, but its not an easy read, pendklo not really a particularly enjoyable one.
My enjoyment, or lack thereof, was tempered by the fact that I was apparently trying to read one story, but the author was trying to tell a different one. Put another way, I was trying to This book consists of predominantly two things: Put another way, I was trying to read about plot, but the author was trying to write about person.
Conceptually, this book is foucaulr, but the execution was wanting; again, this may be because Eco was trying to tell a different story than I wanted to read. Many others describe this book as “thrilling” or a “roller coaster ride” but it’s not. It’s supposed to be, I think, but the tension foucaullt lost in the morass of dialogue and background. It does show how conspiracy theorists can make any idea self-prophecisizing sp?
View all 13 comments. Only when I was half way through did I notice a sheet of white paper slipped into the last pages. It shows four hand-drawn pebdulo, each of which contains the name of a city and a number. If the numbers represent years, they cover 21 years.
If you add 2 and 1, you get the number 3. If you examine the gaps between the years, you get the numbers 11, 4 and 6.
If you add these numbers, you get 21, which when added together, comes to 3. If you add pendullo, 1, 4 and 6, you get 12, which when added, comes to 3. If the numbers imberto not years and you add them together, you get 8, If you add these numbers, you get 14, and if you ujberto 1 and 4, you get 5.
If you add 3 and 5, you get 8, which is exactly twice the number of circles on the sheet. Here is a photo of the sheet: I’ve been back to the bookshop where I bought my copy, but the owner wasn’t able to remember who she had bought the book from. I’m not sure how many of these cities get mentioned in the novel [all but Madrid, as it turns out, unless I’m mistaken]. However, I’ve since discovered the following facts with the assistance of Professor Googlewiki.
In Paris, the Temple was a medieval fortress, located in what is now the 3rd focuault. The Knights Templar originally constructed it as their European headquarters. If you have any ideas about the significance of this sheet of paper, please message me or post them in the comments below, with a spoiler warning. If you’re the first to work out some sort of solution that convinces umbrrto of its authenticity, I’ll post a photo of something that might absolutely amaze you.
Brian’s hypothesis has convinced me.
Foucault’s Pendulum – Wikipedia
How Foucault’s Pendulum Works Maybe 1. Imagine the Earth is a perfectly spherical hollow ball it is, you know, or is it? Imagine that a steel cable 6, kilometers long is attached to the bottom side of the North Pole. This is more or less the radius of the Earth. Imagine that a really bloody heavy lead bob is attached to the end of the cable. Let’s imagine that the Earth isn’t tilted off its axis.
Let’s say we’re sitting underground on a couch somewhere north of the Equator, and we drag the cable and bob over to the inside of the sphere, then we let it go, so that it starts swinging through the centre of the Earth and over to the other side. Let’s assume that the bob swings in the one plane, a constant relative to the space outside the sphere of the Earth, e. Let’s try to do this very carefully, just in case it swings back to exactly where we’re sitting on the couch.
See steps 10 and Let’s assume that the bob swings so quickly that it takes an hour to swing back to the side it started i. Let’s assume that the Earth is rotating once every 24 hours it is, you know, or is it?