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Numero Zero
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
19 posts | 12 read | 3 reading | 7 to read
1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duces death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna, a depressed hack writer, is offered a fee he cant refuse to ghost-write a memoir. His subject: a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate. As Colonna gets to know the team, he learns the paranoid theories of Braggadocio, who is convinced that Mussolinis corpse was a body-double and part of a wider Fascist plot. Its the scoop he desperately needs. The evidence? Hes working on it. Colonna is sceptical. But when a body is found, stabbed to death in a back alley, and the paper is shut down, even he is jolted out of his complacency. Fuelled by conspiracy theories, Mafiosi, love, corruption and murder, Numero Zero reverberates with the clash of forces that have shaped Italy since the Second World War. This gripping novel from the author of The Name of the Rose is told with all the power of a master storyteller.
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rwmg
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
Mehso-so

Although it's less than a third of the length, this is basically a rehash of “Foucault's Pendulum“ with conspiracies to restore Fascism in post WWII Italy playing the role of the Templars and other occult groups in the earlier work. The occultists held my interest much better than the fascists.

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rwmg
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Cell phones, the view in 1992

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rwmg
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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rwmg
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Bklover And a comfy seat! I hate coffee shops with uncomfortable seats! 2w
rwmg @Bklover I always feel a comfy place is what I'm really paying for rather than the coffee 2w
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Jari-chan
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Pickpick

My last meeting with Umberto Eco ended in a DNF and afterwards I didn't touch a single one of his books, until this one came along. I had to check the authors name on the cover a couple of times because I just couldn't believe that I was reading an Eco. But I was and I was delighted. Sometimes the story gets a bit out of hand, but I loved how Eco shows us how conspiracy theories work.

Buechersuechtling Oh, thanks for your review. This really sounds interesting – especially because my last meeting with Umberto Eco ended exactly like yours. After I (years ago) listened to „Das Focault‘sche Pendel“ I wanted more and started „Die geheimnisvolle Flamme der Königin Loana“ only to quickly bail on it because I found it too weird. Afterwards I didn‘t touch one of his books again. 1mo
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling Interesting how you've had the same experiance as I did with different books from the same author. I wonder how you'll like this one. If you read it let me know :) 1mo
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tournevis
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Very US-centric questions, @Kaye, but fun too. Congrats on #50k
1️⃣ Nixon (gah!)
2️⃣ Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day
3️⃣ Sunday
4️⃣ Pretty much every year, but let's say 2011
5️⃣ "23 décembre", Beau Dommage
6️⃣ Tagged
7️⃣ (assumes US-centric naming traditions) 34
8️⃣ 5 proper clocks, plus 5 time diplays on devices
9️⃣ 0
? 18

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tournevis
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Mehso-so

Ok. Let us be frank. If this book had been written by anyone else, I would be saying what all other critics are saying: it's great satire, an incisive look at politics and journalism, a vitriolic political pamphlet. This said, it's not a very good Eco book. Knowing Eco, this reads as a skeleton, a vague outline, empty of substance. Empty being the operative word. In this, I am very disapointed. This is not worthy of the Maestro.

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tournevis
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Been reading slowly, otherwise I'd have been done hours ago. It's ok so far, but it shows that Eco wasn't done with it when he died. I'll say more.when I'm done.

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tournevis
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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On the road! Going on vacation for a couple of weeks. There will be reading, writing and arting. And, you know, visiting too.

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Simona
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Pickpick

My first reaction was 👎but after a few days of reflection, I completely changed the opinion and now I think it's an excellent book, which perfect reflects the situation in society and in the media world. The basic plot revolves around new newspaper, financed by a rich man....the story is happening in Italy and is primarily about society in Italy, but it reflects a situation comparable with many other countries.

#feistyfeb #changedyourmindabout

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Simona
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Goodreads challenge is set! This year I also participate for the first time in a reading challenges, #LitsyReadingChallenge and in #LitsyAtoZ For this challenge I have prepared a list of books that I intend to read it ... we'll see how this will turn out. I'm not good with plans and lists and I don't want to much pressure on my reading life. That's why, my Litsy Read.Chall. is empty, as well as #readingtheworld

#readjanuary #bookishresolution

Sue Here's to too many challenges (and to making sure the joy is not lost) 💙 3y
andreadmw I'm doing those challenges as well as the bookriot read harder. I'm a fan of filling them out as I go. 3y
DrexEdit Happy reading! 😊 3y
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Simona @DrexEdit Happy reading to you too 😘 3y
Simona @andreadmw I'm new in this book-challenge-game, so I want to keep it simple and without "I must read" because of the challenges. 3y
Simona @sue This is my fear - the fear of loosing my reading appetite! 3y
Gissy I don't know how is the Litsy challenge. I'm in the A to Z and one book per month that I read for my Reading book club at BookMarkPR. Its an opportunity to read the books I have already, which means I will love to read them, and then I will have an excuse to buy 26 more (A to Z challenge) and 10 more for the other club! 📚😱👍More challenges, more books to buy! Yes! 3y
Simona @Gissy I take challenges as opportunity to read from my own shelves, to reduce my still unread books 😊 3y
Gissy Yes! It's a good idea! That tbr list needs to go down! 😊 3y
maich Tudi jaz bom sodelovala👍 3y
Simona @maich Juhej, za bralne izzive! 3y
maich @Simona Juhej👍😘 A na bralnici tudi sodeluješ? 3y
Simona @maich Ne vem, kaj je bralnica? 3y
maich Bralnica.com je slovenski portal. Podobno kot GR. Dodaš prebrane knjige, kaj si želiš prebrat, komentiraš, oceniš... Potem ima še forum kjer debatiramo razno. Vsako leto pa je bralni izziv. Jaz bom letos sodelovala že tretjič. In mi je prav fajn. 3y
Simona @maich Vsekakor bom preverila, vendar dvomim, da jo bom uporabljala. Litsy in GR sta zame dovolj. GR za sledenje knjig, ki jih preberem in Litsy za klepet in pregled, kaj berejo drugi😁 3y
maich Js sm na Litsyju nova😍 bralnico in GR pa uporabljam že 2leti. Me veseli, da sm te našla😀 3y
Simona @maich Enako! Sem preverila Bralnico in kolikor vidim se debatira predvsem o romantični in mladinski literaturi. Oba žanra sta zame predvsem izjema, kot pravilo🙄 Prav tako sem na forumu dobila občutek, da gre predvsem za mlajšo populacijo, no, jaz pa sem že malo starejša in mi Litsy glede tega tudi bolj ustreza🤗 3y
maich Smo različne starosti od 12 do 60. In različno berejo. Dobila si napačen odtis. Je pa res da nekateri so malo bolj aktivni kot drugi. Js grem proti 30im in berem različne žanre. Zato tudi brskam po različnih straneh. Za Litsy pa sem zvedela na hrvaškem blogu Bibliovca. Rada si tudi izmenjam mnenja in recenzije knjig. Včasih pišem v ang, včasih v slo. Poleg teh dveh pa berem še hrv in srv. Sem se prijavila še na Popsugar challenge. Optimistično😂 3y
maich Sory, ker sm ti čist zasmetila post😊 sem res vesela, da sm srečala eno slovenko na litsyju. Srečno z branjem. 3y
Simona @maich Brez potrebe se opravičuješ, ker me takšno "smetenje" ne moti. Jaz letos sodelujem na dveh bralnih izzivih oz. treh. Pri tem tretjem gre v osnovi samo zato, da prebereš čim več knjig z lastnih polic. 3y
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Nullnummer | Umberto Eco
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Interviews mit Autoren sind friedenstiftend, kein Autor spricht negativ über sein Buch und so werden die Leser nicht mit neiderfüllten und hochnäsigen Verrissen schockiert.

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Nullnummer | Umberto Eco

Manuskripte zu lesen, die nie veröffentlicht werden, kann ein Beruf werden.

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Verity
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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All hail the victims of last night's 50 and out challenge.* Nothing wrong with any of them - they're just not right for me. Charity shop bag restocked, space cleared on the pending bookshelf. Hurrah!
*The Storm Sister not technically a victim, but as i gave up on Seven Sisters, there seemed no point in keeping its sequel.

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sariomario
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Ég sé að þessi fær bara la-la dóma en barnið segir mér að láta vaða.

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Spiderfelt
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
Mehso-so

Eco does what just what he does best: create elaborate conspiracy theories then blow them wide open. In this case, he is skimming over complex post-war politics which surpassed my grasp of history. Ultimately, I'm left feeling cynical about both media and gov't, exactly as Eco intended.

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Spiderfelt
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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Losers, like autodidacts, always know more than winners. If you want to win, you need to know just one thing and not waste your time on anything else: the pleasures of erudition are reserved for losers. The more a person knows, the more things have gone wrong.

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zugchop
Numero Zero | Umberto Eco
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While not as complex as his earlier novels, it does bring up issues concerning media bias and its inherent ability to implant ideologies and even alter history through subtle suggestions. Two weeks after finishing it, I'm still thinking about this book. Eco was a brilliant man. He will be missed.

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zugchop
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Why does the rooster crow a hundred and fifty times? Because if it crowed thirty-three times, it would be Grand Master of the Freemasons.