Monday, April 18, 2022

Fortnightly Book, April 17

 A little behind on this, of course, because of Easter weekend. I've done three Umberto Eco books for the fortnightly book -- The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Island of the Day Before -- and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana: An Illustrated Novel (published 2004) has been sitting on my to-do pile for at least two years, so I think I'll go ahead and do that one. 

Yambo, short for Giambattista Bodoni (also the name of a typographer), is an owner of a shop for antique books who has a stroke that causes an unusual case of amnesia. He can no longer remember details of his life, but he can remember anything he has ever read. Trying to recover his memories, he searches through the documents he has in his bookshop. Eventually he recovers childhood memories, but there is one memory that he cannot quite capture -- the memory of his true love.