• Clever, fluent pieces...a human, sophisticated and wise book

    Sunday Times
  • His lively, ironic intelligence dances on a global pincushion

    The Times
  • Another collection of nimble, teasing, brilliant and infuriating little essays and essaylets

  • For the sheer depth and clarity of his learning and wisdom, Eco has no living rival

    Harpers and Queen
  • Eco's greatest virtue might be said to lie in his ability to clarify the exact nature of our present perplexities. Eco is, on the whole, lucid, logical and always firmly on the side of civilisation

    Times Literary Supplement

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