Foucault's Pendulum

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mar 5, 2007 - Fiction - 656 pages
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Bored with their work, three Milanese editors cook up "the Plan," a hoax that connects the medieval Knights Templar with other occult groups from ancient to modern times. This produces a map indicating the geographical point from which all the powers of the earth can be controlled—a point located in Paris, France, at Foucault’s Pendulum. But in a fateful turn the joke becomes all too real, and when occult groups, including Satanists, get wind of the Plan, they go so far as to kill one of the editors in their quest to gain control of the earth.

Orchestrating these and other diverse characters into his multilayered semiotic adventure, Eco has created a superb cerebral entertainment.


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"You cannot escape one infinite, I told myself, by fleeing to another; you cannot escape the revelation of the identical by taking refuge in the illusion of the multiple." In "Foucault's Pendulum" by ... Read full review

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One of my favorite authors. You want to challenge yourself.....pick this book up. It will turn your eyes, brain and consciousness to mince meat and probably make you feel like an idiot. Mr. Eco is ... Read full review

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When the light of the infinite 2 Wee haue divers curious Clocks 3
In hanc utilitatem clcmentes angeli 21 4 He who attempts to penetrate into the Rose Garden 28
Do not expect too much of the end of the world 49
Having come from the light and from the gods 53
In his right hand he held a golden trumpet
And finally nothing is cabalistically inferred 61
His sterility was infinite 67
What does the fish remind you of? 348
To dream of living in an unknown city 357
If our hypothesis is correct 363
Da Rosa nada digamos agora 369
Let your garments be white 374
Elles deviennent le Diable 380
Let us remember the secret references 382

Sub umbra alarum tuarum 72
frere limestre du Temple
He if asked would also confess to killing Our Lord 93
will go and fetch you help from the Comte dAnjou 103
And thus did the knights of the Temple vanish 115
A mass terrifyingly riddled with fissures and caverns 121
The Order has never ceased to exist not for a moment 128
Invisible center the sovereign who must reawaken 136
The Graal is a weight so heavy 145
Sauvez la faible Aischa 161
These mysterious initiates 166
All the traditions of the earth
One day saying that he had known Pontius Pilate
There is a body that enfolds the whole of the world
Simply because they change and hide their names 183
And the famous confraternity of the Rosy Cross 188
The majority were in reality only Rosicrucians 795
The visions are white blue white pale red 201 GEVURAH 34 Beydelus Demeymes Adulex 211
Pmi son Lia 218
Yet one caution let me give 221 Whoever reflects on four things 228
Prince of Babylon Knight of the Black Cross 232
Doctor of the Planispheres Hermetic Philosopher 238
Cowards die many times before their deaths 244
Daath is situated at the point where the abyss 247
We are all in agreement whatever we say 252
People who meet on the street 255
Invoke the forces 260
And from this springs the extraordinary question 263
You will approach the frog several times 268
The sense alert and the memory clear
The volume of the Great Pyramid in cubic inches
A spiritual knighthood of initiates 283
For I am the first and the last 288
When therefore a Great Cabalist 296
A colossal chessboard that extends beneath the earth 300
Unable to control destinies on earth openly 303
The prince of darkness 310
call a theatre 313
He began playing his shining trumpet
On every third tree a lantern 324
Alchemy however is a chaste prostitute 332
And if such monsters are generated 336
Poor idiot 338
The Golden Fleece is guarded 341 We consider societies druidic if 344
Nos inuisibles pretendus 390
Another curious case 393
Though his will be good 403
The initiates are at the edge of that path 409
This herb is called Devilbane 424
Surely this monstrous hybrid 427
He opened his coffer 431
When White arrives 434
They could explode the whole surface of our planet The earth is a magnetic body 438
A map is not the territory 443
Following the plans of Verulam 447
Phileas Fogg A name that is also a signature
It was to them that Eiffel turned 431 It is a remarkable coincidence 433
Templarism is Jesuitism 436
In the bosom of the deepest darkness 461
All the outrages attributed to the Templars 463
How well you have unmasked those infernal sects With all the power and terror of Satan 468
Whereas we stay in the wings
En avoitille moindre soupcxm?
Namely the Jewish Cabalists 474
A cover is always necessary 477
am that I am 481
Its racist gnosis its rites and initiations 493
Guenonism plus armored divisions 496
declare the earth is hollow
Qui operatur in Cabala
A very thick and high wall 503
Your secret name shall have 36 letters 507
Dost thou see yon black dog? 529
Are there several Powers at work? 535
SaintGermain very polished and witty 342
Our cause is a secret 565
The ideal pendulum 382
If the eye could see the demons 83
Je voudrais etre la tour 590
Madness has an enormous pavilion 594
The conspiracy theory of society 601
The garland of the trumpet was set afire 609
They hold for certain that they are in the light 621

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UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose,The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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