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The Book of Legendary Lands Hardcover – Nov 5 2013
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"Umberto Eco takes us on a wonderful illustrated journey through the lands of myth and invention, showing us their inhabitants, the passions that move them, their heroes and antagonists, and, most of all, the importance they hold for us. Eco explores the enduring human need to seek refuge in the beautiful places of literature and folklore, examing along the way both epic poets and contemporary storytellers who have drawn--and stretched--the boundaries of our emotions, dreams, worries, and ideals." -i-ItalyNY Magazine
"A book for people who, as children, pored gleefully over the maps of Oz and Earthsea, an atlas of the most surreal and fabulous imaginary places you've never been." -SFGate
About the Author
Umberto Eco is a world-renowned writer of fiction, essays, and academic treatises. Among his best-selling novels are The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, and The Prague Cemetery.
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Delightfully and deliberately self-indulgent, Eco makes no attempt to hide his preferences and prejudices. He likes Dante and Robert Louis Stevenson and detests Dan Brown, but he does have good reasons, and his explanations are fascinating, informative, and fun.
The illustrations, from high art to comic books, are lovingly chosen and beautifully reproduced.
Altogether, a treasure of a book.
All the more disappointing then to find so many typographical errors. The book, the author, and all the books and authors of whom he writes, deserve better proofreading.
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