The Island of the Day Before

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The Island of the Day Before

The Island of the Day Before After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked on a ship Swept from the Amaryllis he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne anchore

  • Title: The Island of the Day Before
  • Author: Umberto Eco
  • ISBN: 9780156030373
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 remembersAfter 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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    1. Jon Melsæter on said:

      I can't count the times I've tried to write a review of an Eco-book, whether physically or in my head, then decided to drop it. Where does one start? How does one review a product of an intellect such as Eco's, a scholar in semiotics, history and god knows what else? Many reviews I've read here on The Island Of The Day Before are just plain moronic - outbursts of frustration because someone expected to grasp the contexts and countless themes it covers as easily as an airport-bestseller. I have a [...]

    2. Owlseyes on said:

      Eco:" We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It's a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don't want to die".Interview in Der Spiegel, November 11, 2009 UPDATE; thank you EcoUmberto Eco, 84, Best-Selling Academic Who Navigated Two Worlds, DiesBy JONATHAN KANDELLFEB. 19, 2016in: nytimes/2016/02/20/artStultus! Whom do I talk to? Miserable you are! What do I try? [...]

    3. Mohammed Arabey on said:

      من منا لم يحلم بالعودة لليوم السابقلتصحيح خطأ سبقحتي يهوذا ليود لو يعود لليوم السابق لخيانتهولكن ماذا لو كان اليوم السابق امامك؟ لكنك لا تستطيع بلوغه؟"وهكذا، حتي وإن كان أحد افتراضي صالحا لمواصلة السرد، فلن تكون له خاتمة خليقة بأن تروي، وستترك كل قارئ مستاء وغير راضوحتي على [...]

    4. Ahmed on said:

      كعادة (إيكو) فرواياته مرهقة للعقل , مجهدة للذهن , تحتاج إلى تركيز عميق و استيعاب لأفكاره السامية .المهم : أننا أمام رواية من الطراز الثقيل , تلك الروايات التي تحمل في مضمونها أضعاف ما يبدو منها من أفكار و غايات , هو عمل عن الانسان ورحلته الفانية في هذه الدنيا , ما نريد وما نستطيع ب [...]

    5. Thomas on said:

      was enthralled by The Name of the Rose as a work of historical fiction; loved reading Focault's Pendulum (anyone who enjoyed reading The DaVini Code should read this to experience a real historical-religious thriller.The Island of the Day Before? this book inspired me to swear never to read a book written by Umberto Eco again. why? i had not made it all the way through Chapter 1 when i encountered the following sentence:"It is only later that he will assume, in dreams, that the plank, by some me [...]

    6. Maria Thomarey on said:

      Αυτο το βιβλιο το διάβασα λιγο μετα την 999 προσπάθεια μου να διαβάσω τον " αλχημιστή" και ενω ο κοσμος γύρω μου υστεριαζοταν με το "φιλόσοφο-κλισεδιαρη" Κοεολιο. Οταν λοιπον διάβασα αυτο το υπέροχο βιβλιο του Εκο , αναρωτήθηκα γιατι ο κοσμος ηταν τοσο επιρρεπής στις Κοέλιο ευκ [...]

    7. Biron Paşa on said:

      Hayatım boyunca okuduğum en dolu, en edebî, en zekice üç-beş kitaptan biri Önceki Günün Adası. Umberto Eco'nun yazarlık serüvenindeki gelişimi açısından da müthiş bir sıçrama. Biz Gülün Adı'nda edebiyatı bilen çok zeki bir tarihçinin romanını okumuştuk. Foucault Sarkacı'nda Belbo'nun baskın olarak Proust ve Joyce etkisindeki yazı dosyalarıyla Eco'nun edebî biçimsel denemelerini tarihle birleştirdiğini, edebiyatını çok daha oyunlu hale getirdiğini okumuşt [...]

    8. Josh on said:

      Usually, I have one of three reactions to a book: I love it and plow through it, I hate it and put it down within 50 pages, or I like it and take my time, possibly reading other books simultaneously. This one oy. Because ofThe Name of the Rose, I kept expecting it to be good - or, more accurately, to get better. I waited 100 pages. Then 200 pages. Then 300 pages. Finally, I threw it across the room in frustration at 350 pages. I'm still bitter.

    9. Maxym Karpovets on said:

      I have no clear idea why people don’t like this book, because I do really think that is one of the most luminous Eco’s novels. The form of The Island of the Day Before (1994) could seem very simple, but it is not true. As often for Eco’s literal strategy he tries to mask a various citations, allusions and parallels with cultural and historical basis. Every novel looks like intertextual garland of signs and senses which are masterly contained into historical or philosophical fiction, detect [...]

    10. Salma on said:

      تدور أحداث الرواية حول شاب إيطالي من القرون الوسطى قد علق على متن سفينة مهجورة و مركونة قرب حيد مرجاني و أمام ناظريه جزيرة يعجز عن الوصول إليها هذه الجزيرة بحسب ما كان يُعتقد في ذاك الزمن تقع على خط الهاجرة الذي يشكل الفاصل بين الأمس و اليوم أسلوب الرواية لذيذ و مسل و لامألوف [...]

    11. Vit Babenco on said:

      I surmise Umberto Eco envisaged The Island of the Day Before as an antithesis of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – instead of a man surviving on a deserted island he portrayed his character secluded on a deserted ship and immersed him into all kinds of abstract cerebral musings. But this somewhat artificial idea could only have somewhat artificial realization so the novel right from the start turned into elaborate exercises in style and erudition.“Now I would say that harking back, on the sh [...]

    12. Patrick Neylan on said:

      Readers expect Umberto Eco to take them on a stimulating journey of discovery as his characters unravel mysteries that take them to the heart of early Western civilisation. In The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum this style worked brilliantly. In the 'The Island of the Day Before' it fails catastrophically.Eco spends hundreds of pages wallowing in his arcane knowledge, resorting to ever more desperate ploys to show off his learning, because this book has no plot to draw out those intelle [...]

    13. Radwa on said:

      رواية داخل رواية داخل رواية!مبدأياً الحبكة الرئيسية تدور حول روبارتو، رجل إيطالي غرقت سفينته ليجد نفسه هائماً في البحر على لوح خشبي يقوده إلى السفينة دافني، حيث يبدأ بالكتابة وإستعادة ذكريات حياته وإكتشاف مستقبله على تلك السفينة. السفينة تقع أمام الجزيرة التي تمر من خلالها [...]

    14. Tihleigh on said:

      I really hated this book. I choked through it due to the sheer fortitude engendered by my unreasonable need to finish every book that I start. Every. Single. Book. Had I been able to dismiss it, I would have. A friend once told me that I should read Eco's essays, and that his fiction was an attempt to destroy overly-used literary devices of current literature by gluttonously indulging in them. I've never actually bothered to look into whether or not it was true because, truthfully, it's the myth [...]

    15. Paul on said:

      Definitely my favorite Eco book. Got to give Annie props for recommending this one to me. Who knew that longitude could be such an interesting ontological motif?

    16. Victoria on said:

      I was recommended to read Umberto Eco by a friend of mine, and I was not disappointed at all.Eco's style is a bit dense, so I can imagine it would not appeal to a lot of people. However, it's also extremely lyrical and beautiful. The book itself is littered with debates on life and death, love, the nature of God and time itself. This is probably the book's greatest strength, as Eco writes so beautifully about such lofty ideals. So for anyone who's a fan of debating or philosophy would probably e [...]

    17. Jonfaith on said:

      I read this one in the late 90s, bought a copy for my best friend shortly thereafter. I saw Ray Rizzo with a copy one evening at Ramsi's, I told him I enjoyed it and replied that he was eager for the challenge. He later played with Days of the New. Oh, those 90s! It was all optimism and challenges were there. Hubris was our cocktail. Our survival surprises me when I consider such. I should reread this ribald novel quite soon.

    18. Max Nemtsov on said:

      Прекрасный палимпсест популярного семиолога - швы, в отличие от "Маятника Фуко", здесь не торчат, а попытка проникнуть в донаучный ум достойна восхищения. Автор, конечно, сильно лукавит по ходу, однакож убедительно эмулирует это пограничное состояние между магическим и поз [...]

    19. Mohamad on said:

      اگر ساعت هفت صبح توكيو رو به قصد هنولولو (شهري در هاوايي) ترك كنيد، ساعت چهار و نيم عصر روز قبل به مقصد مي رسيد.پرواز یونایتد ایرلاینز در تاریخ يك ژانویه دو هزار و هفده از شانگهای پرواز کرد و در تاریخ سي و يك دسامبر دو هزار و شانزده در سانفرانسیسکو به زمین نشست.چنانچه دقيقاً در ن [...]

    20. Yehia Nasser on said:

      رواية معقدة مرهقة فلسفية من الدرجة الاولى عن كل شىء ولاشىء

    21. Gavin on said:

      I originally read this when it first came out, but have just completed a reread.It might be described as the ultimate shaggy dog story. Eco explores language to a large extent in this book with phrases that include multiple variations on a common stem, such as it was necessary that the necessities were provided or his intention was to intend on inattention. That kind of thing anyway.His protagonist is stranded on a ship somewhere near the 180th meridian and writes of his past life, loves and fan [...]

    22. Mohamed Shady on said:

      يبدو أن إيكو يملك، بجانب قدرته على الحكى، قدرة مذهلة على إثارة الملل والرغى بلا طائل

    23. GoldGato on said:

      I really wanted to like this book. While I'm not a big fan of Eco's books, I somehow seem to collect them, nonetheless. The premise wowed me, the cover art is righteousd yet. And yet. The main character drove me crazy, Hamlet-style. He reminded me of the fear mongers who work 9-5 jobs, but never leave their unhappy jobs and go through life blaming others. It's like driving in the slow lane, even though all the other lanes are empty, and then getting unhappy because the slow lane is bumper-to-bum [...]

    24. Laura on said:

      This book fits the pattern I've come to expect in Umberto Eco's writing: an excellent story lost in a haze of random thoughts, obscure references, and all together too many words. I would love it if someone took this book's concept and turned it into the brilliant book that it deserves to be.

    25. Procyon Lotor on said:

      Libro complessissimo, di oscura meccanica e poetica uscito forse prima che un commando di editor se ne occupasse. Il fegato di andare a riveder le bozze di chi aspira ad essere recensito dall'Aquinate o da un par suo non ce l'ha nessuno; tranne forse Calasso ma Eco pubblica per tradizione da Bompiani. Cosa c'�: Nel famosissimo nome della rosa, c'erano livelli di lettura ben separati e chiara distinzione fra la vicenda e gli extratesti e paratesti per non dire delle eventuali filosofie e cosmol [...]

    26. Judith on said:

      Roberto della Griva abandons his sinking ship only to wash up aboard the mysteriously abandoned Dutch ship, Daphne. Within sight is the island of the day before, and if he could only swim, he could reach it, and change the direction of his fate.Island of the Day Before has a deceptively simple premise, but goes way beyond it. There are actually a LOT of things going on in this book. The book not only chronicles Roberto’s days on board the Daphne, but also most of his life: from his first battl [...]

    27. KM on said:

      Bust out the champagne - I finished this book and my head didn't crack. It is one of the most amazing, yet difficult, books I've ever read. The story presents itself on multiple levels: narrative, metaphoric, historical, imaginative, etc. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the convoluted writing style, which made me want to give up numerous times. I forged ahead because the question of "what's on the island?" kept nagging me.I loved the historical portrait of this period, when people were e [...]

    28. Hameed Younis on said:

      كم مر من الزمن ولم اوجد، وكم سيمر بعد ان افنى! انني احتل فضاء ضئيلا جدا في هوة السنوات. هذه المساحة الضئيلة لا تقدر ان تميزني عن اللا شيء الذي ساغيب فيه. لم اجيء الى الدنيا الا لاكون عددا لا غير. ودوري كان من الضآلة حتى لو انني بقيت في خلفية المسرح لقال المتفرجون مع ذلك ان المهزل [...]

    29. Ajk on said:

      it was very long, and I did not enjoy it. Which is odd, honestly, because I loved Eco's Foucault's Pendulum - one of my favorite books. This one was a whole lot more like, well, slogging through 500 pages written by a Semiotics professor.The plot is kind of fantastic, though. A man gets shipwrecked, latches onto a raft, and then washes up onto an abandoned ship. He can't swim, so now he's shipwrecked on a ship. this ship, of course, is riddled with secrets.And then, lecturing ensues. It's all ab [...]

    30. Shelley on said:

      This is, by far, the most difficult novel I've ever read. I have never taken so long to finish a novel--ever. I studied the history of science and the history of early modern Europe in college (and recently refreshed my memory of both) and I'm pretty sure I caught maybe 20% of the scientific and philosophical references. At best. As a means of putting the reader in the mindset of an early 17th century European, it's amazing. Flat out brilliant. As a novel, it's slow, frustrating, and unsatisfyin [...]

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