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The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana (2004)

by Umberto Eco

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When book dealer Yambo suffers amnesia, he loses all sense of who he is, but retains memories of all the books, poems, songs and movies he has ever experienced. To reclaim his identity, he retreats to the family home and rummaged through the old letters, photographs and mementos stored in the attic. Yambo's mind swirls with thoughts, and he struggles to retrieve the one memory that may be most sacred--that of Lila Saba, his first love.… (more)
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    History of Beauty by Umberto Eco (WiJiWiJi)
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    The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (Alixtii)
    Alixtii: Both books having writers getting meta about the nature of writing and reading as a protagonist goes through a process of reading very (and I mean very) many books. Both are written with wit and insight, although Eco's book is better.
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As with most Umberto Eco books, the concept is fabulous but the writing is horrible. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Another one I remember reading some years ago, without now recalling its details. ( )
  mykl-s | Apr 12, 2023 |
Usually i love reading Eco but this is just to deep into Italian childhood lit that i am losing interest to finish it. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Mar 10, 2023 |
I started this book and was distracted from it for some horrible reason. Cannot wait to finish it. Eco is brilliant.
  JHemlock | Sep 27, 2022 |
A wonderful book again from Umberto Eco flawed, once again, by a weak and disappointing ending. It just seems, like Stephen King, he cannot take the time to write a decent ending that doesn't make the rest of the book seem less engaging. This book is not as dense and is more accessible than other Eco novels.

I found the numerous illustrations fascinating but this may distract some readers. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Eco, Umbertoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brock, GeoffreyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gerritsen, RobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kangas, HelinäTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vlot, HennyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When book dealer Yambo suffers amnesia, he loses all sense of who he is, but retains memories of all the books, poems, songs and movies he has ever experienced. To reclaim his identity, he retreats to the family home and rummaged through the old letters, photographs and mementos stored in the attic. Yambo's mind swirls with thoughts, and he struggles to retrieve the one memory that may be most sacred--that of Lila Saba, his first love.

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