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The Book of Legendary Lands Hardcover – Nov 5 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847841219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847841219
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This gorgeous book, alive with Eco's characteristic wit and depth of learning, obscures the boundaries between fact and fiction, imagination and "reality." For Eco, "the possible world of narrative is the only universe in which we can be absolutely certain about something. " For instance, "one absolute truth is the fact that Superman is Clark Kent. All the rest is always open to debate."

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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This is a fantastic book but not light reading. The basic pattern is a general overview of a legendary land, Atlantis would be one most people have encountered, but there are many more. The general overview is followed by documentary text examples that lead to the overview. There are also beautiful maps and illustrations of these legendary lands and in many cases, the legendary people and creatures who inhabited them. If you love history, maps, imagination, science fiction, exploration and whimsey you will love this book. It is beautifully put together on high quality glossy paper.
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Disappointed I had made this choice. Had known about most of the so called intriguing lands. Illustrations does not cut it for me. Eco is a wonderful writer however.
Lynn
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I have already several of his books regarding various themes (beauty, ugliness, lists - in the arts), and they are getting better and better.
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I am a fan of Umberto Eco so...all is good
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