The Island of the Day Before

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 513 pages
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After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing.

As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the Thirty Years' War in which he lost his father and his illusions; and the lessons given him on Reasons of State, fencing, the writing of love letters, and blasphemy.

In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells of a young dreamer searching for love and meaning; and of a most amazing old Jesuit who, with his clocks and maps, has plumbed the secrets of longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.
 

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I take pride withal in my humiliation, and as I am to this privilege condemned, almost I find joy in an abhorrent salvbation; I am, I believe, alone of all our race, the only man in human memory to ... Read full review

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Okay. Finished another Eco book. Unsatisfied, again. Brilliant and beautiful writer that takes you in circle after circle after circle after circle until you arrive finally at - nowhere. I did not ... Read full review

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Contents

Daphne
1
An Account of Events in the Monferrato
20
The Serraglio of Wonders
36
Fortification Displayd
45
The Labyrinth of the World
52
The Great Art of Light and Shadow
63
Pavane Lachryme
70
The Curious Learning of the Wits of the Day
77
The Orange Dove
271
Divers and Artificious Machines
281
Dialogues of the Maximum Systems
297
Technica Curiosa
325
Delights for the Ingenious A Collection of Emblems
341
The Secrets of the Flux and Reflux of the Sea
357
Of the Origin of Novels
365
The Soul of Ferrante
370

The Aristotelian Telescope
86
Geography and Hydrography Reformed
98
The Art of Prudence
108
The Passions of the Soul
114
The Map of Tenderness
126
A Treatise on the Science of Arms
131
Horologium Oscillatorium
147
Discourse on the Powder of Sympathy
153
Longitudinum Optata Scientia
177
Unheardof Curiosities
198
A New Voyage Round the World
204
Wit and the Art of Ingenuity
228
Telluris Theoria Sacra
242
Anatomy of Erotic Melancholy
386
A Breviary for Politicals
394
A Garden of Delights
407
Mundus Subterraneus
412
Monologue on the Plurality of Worlds
423
Joyfull Newes out of the Newfound Worlde
437
The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying
449
Paradoxical Exercises Regarding the Thinking of Stones
469
An Enquiry into the Nature and Place of Hell
483
Itinerarium Extaticum Coeleste
496
Colophon
505
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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 Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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