The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

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Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 469 pages
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Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in Milan, has suffered a loss of memory-he can remember the plot of every book he has ever read, every line of poetry, but he no longer knows his own name, doesn't recognize his wife or his daughters, and remembers nothing about his parents or his childhood. In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws to the family home somewhere in the hills between Milan and Turin. There, in the sprawling attic, he searches through boxes of old newspapers, comics, records, photo albums, and adolescent diaries. And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and the life racing before his eyes takes the form of a graphic novel. Yambo struggles through the frames to capture one simple, innocent image: that of his first love.

A fascinating, abundant new novel-wide-ranging, nostalgic, funny, full of heart-from the incomparable Eco.

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Throughly entertaining and educational. - LibraryThing
But what wasn't satisfying was the ending. - LibraryThing
Everyone else: the pictures are neat. - LibraryThing
Not much of a plot but cool ending. - LibraryThing
The plot is rather simple. - LibraryThing

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Umberto Eco has hits and misses, but this book is a hit. The narrator provides the reader with a first-hand look at life in Italy before, during, and after World War II, something not covered fully in ... Read full review

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User Review  - amyolivia - LibraryThing

I had a real love-hate relationship with this book. I feel like it took me forever to finish it. When I first started reading, I thought, "Oh! This is a literary lover's delight!" because it had all ... Read full review

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Umberto Ecois a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the bestselling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Milan.

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