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Old 02-19-2016, 07:53 PM
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Default Umberto Eco has died

Another gut punch. I only read The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum, but I loved them both. This is motivation to read some more, probably.

Seriously, though, 2016. Fuck off.
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:55 PM
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Apparently Harper Lee has passed away as well? I saw that in passing on CBCNews while I was at the gym.

I never read anything by Umberto Eco, but I definitely should...
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:02 PM
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I was talking to a co-worker literally yesterday about how good Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum were.

The Sacred Numbers 101 bit in Foucault's Pendulum is one of those passages that spontaneously pops into my head from time to time.

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Old 02-19-2016, 08:29 PM
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What a one-two punch to literature today. Holy fuck.

I need to read Eco; my wife loves him.
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:46 PM
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I've only read The Mysterious Flame of Queen Laona but it was a really good read. I really need to get around to reading The Name of the Rose.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:20 PM
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Jesus Christ, what's with this year?
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:34 PM
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Well, at least today's two authors lived to a ripe old age. Not all the unfortunate losses of this year fall into that category.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:06 AM
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I recently acquired and finished The Island of the Day Before and just the other day I was eyeing his new book, Numero Zero, in the store. This one really stings for me. When I saw his name trending on Twitter my heart sank.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:15 AM
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Eco, more than being a great author, was a mindblowing linguist and semiotician. his works are legend.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:20 PM
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Name of the Rose is on my shelf. That one's coming up next! I want to get his Legendary Lands book too.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:24 PM
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Name of the Rose is so, so good. I'd been meaning to do a re-read even before I saw this news. I also need to read Foucault's Pendulum. The only other book by him I've read is The Mysterious Flame; any other recommendations?
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:21 PM
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yeah, read some of his essays. the one where he talks about being a translator for Peanuts in the 50s is amazing.
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:45 PM
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dude was an amazing author, but an even more amazing linguist and semiotician. Criticism and language owes a lot to him.
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Seriously, though, 2016. Fuck off.
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Jesus Christ, what's with this year?

Sometimes I don't understand this particular sentiment. I can understand the emotions over the death of someone who meant a great deal but Umberto Eco lived a long and what appeared to be an amazingly productive, impactful life before succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 84, exceeding the average life expectancy for men in his country. This was not a tragic death by suicide, murder or accident.
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Name of the Rose is so, so good. I'd been meaning to do a re-read even before I saw this news. I also need to read Foucault's Pendulum. The only other book by him I've read is The Mysterious Flame; any other recommendations?
The Prague Cemetery or Baudolino. Neither is perfect but there's a lot to love anyway, like all his work pretty much.

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Name of the Rose is on my shelf. That one's coming up next! I want to get his Legendary Lands book too.
I think I may have recommended this to you in another thread at some point? Might have been someone else. But, yes, Legendary Lands is a very, very nice coffee-table book. Beautiful illustrations, prints, etc. So nice.
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Sometimes I don't understand this particular sentiment. I can understand the emotions over the death of someone who meant a great deal but Umberto Eco lived a long and what appeared to be an amazingly productive, impactful life before succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 84, exceeding the average life expectancy for men in his country. This was not a tragic death by suicide, murder or accident.
Every death is tragic.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:18 AM
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Sometimes I don't understand this particular sentiment. I can understand the emotions over the death of someone who meant a great deal but Umberto Eco lived a long and what appeared to be an amazingly productive, impactful life before succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 84, exceeding the average life expectancy for men in his country. This was not a tragic death by suicide, murder or accident.
I have this feeling with people close to me sometimes. My grandma died at 95 in the fall and while it was sad, it wasn't tragic, because she lived a wonderful life and we all saw it coming mile away. I had been prepared for her death my entire adult life. But not knowing Eco personally or being aware of his state of health, this came as much more of a shock.
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