• "A whirlwind of an adventure- and has everything - myths, marvels, monsters, murders, mysteries"

    Financial Times
  • "Here is the Eco of The Name of the Rose...poised, mischievous and erudite, the fruit of extraordinary knowledge"

    Washington Post
  • "[Eco] has given us, in the book's central character, a grand and sympathetic figure in the tradition of Candide and Sancho Panza"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Mixing pages of intellectual discussion and exhilarating comedy - further reveals Eco's practically inexhaustible erudition"

    Irish Times
  • "A richly entertaining novel"

    Sunday Times