Baudolino Group Read -- Chap. 32 to end

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Baudolino Group Read -- Chap. 32 to end

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nov 26, 2012, 12:43pm

Having lots of spare time last week - no big family get together - I was able to finish this amazing book a little ahead of schedule.

One thing that really tickled me was how they worked so hard creating relics that would stand up to scrutiny without having a single thought about the authenticity of relics already in churches. It seemed to exemplify how Baudolino made up so many things but still took some things as factual without questioning them, like the existence of Prester John in the first place!

I really loved the last chapter and the line about history. It made me very happy to have read this remarkable book. I'll probably read another book by Eco but not very soon.

Thanks, Alison, for organizing this group read and giving me the nudge to get it out of my TBR pile and read it!

nov 27, 2012, 7:33am

Yay! I've been very good and not getting ahead of the parts, I will crack on with part 5 now!

dec 3, 2012, 4:26pm

I finished a few days ago -- what a ride! I'm still deciding what I think -- I was so thrilled with the first two thirds, in which it seemed to me we were reading a book about the medieval mind. An adventure story, yes, but underneath it was full of descriptions of how people thought differently, where an argument against the earth being spherical could be convincing and where fantastical beasties might well exist and the same guys who thought up some of the stuff began to believe the legends. I liked the idea that relics didn't need to be real, they just needed to be believed in.

And then Eco threw all of that on its head when he posited the actual existence of all those mythical things. Was Baudolino just making it up? Hypatia, even? Or were we in some alternate earth all along?

dec 9, 2012, 8:11pm

Or are we to believe that some of the creatures we know of through myth have a grounding in reality?

But then there's that last line. We already know that Baudolino is a liar, and now the author admits to being one too!

I think most of the book is to make the reader think about how language creates our ideas (through available vocabulary) and where is the line between history and mythology.

I know I'm still thinking about the book.