Baudolino Group Read -- Chapters 16 - 24

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Baudolino Group Read -- Chapters 16 - 24

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1RidgewayGirl
nov 14, 2012, 9:28am

I'll admit that work and an impending visit from my MIL, as well as having Thanksgiving at my house this year, have slowed me down and I am behind. I hope to catch up this week (Ha!). But please continue to discuss!

2soffitta1
nov 17, 2012, 9:23am

Ooh I am enjoying this - fun to see how everyone is playing each other. I also like the clues that are being dropped into the mystery of Prester John - silk worms (from the Orient), no horses (India). The thirst for adventure and undiscovered wealth is tempting at any point in time.

On another note, I couldn't help but equating the looting of Constantinople with reports I read about Baghdad after the invasion. To think that all the treasures, be they ancient texts, holy relics or art, could be taken to be redistributed by the victors. Inevitable I guess, and it has happened over and over again, certainly many museums would be half empty if spoils of war were returned.

3RidgewayGirl
nov 17, 2012, 9:38am

I loved the guy outraged that someone would be so stupid as to think the world was a sphere. Inconceivable! And the philosophical justification for same was lovely. And convincing Baudolino that to find Prester John's realm, he's have to adopt Prester John's view of the cosmos. Impossible to find a guy living on a flat earth with a map assuming the world is a sphere, clearly.

4mamzel
nov 17, 2012, 11:28am

Inconceivable!



Sorry. Couldn't resist!

5soffitta1
nov 17, 2012, 2:54pm

ha ha - brilliant!

Seeing the map that Zosimos drew was just crazy, but I suppose no less crazy than the old maps with whirlpools at the edges of the known world. I think that the reason why there is so much trickery going on is that most of the characters are a tad arrogant, making them easy targets.

6RidgewayGirl
nov 17, 2012, 3:18pm

They've also talked themselves into this Christian kingdom in the Far East. It's made up, and they're the ones who made it up, but they're so far in and so invested that they continue as though it were true. And because it's made up, how can they deny other people's made up claims about the same place?

7RidgewayGirl
nov 21, 2012, 2:58pm

The next segment of our book can be found here:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/144927