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  • Unlike many academics, he [Eco] had the ability to write in an accessible and engaging style… This book consists of 12 essays… Reading them is exhilarating… Almost every page of this entrancing book invites questions and provokes reflections

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • On the Shoulders of Giants…captures Eco on some of his most generous and scintillating form as a lecturer, breezing along with a lifetime’s material at his fingertips

    Tim Smith-Laing, Daily Telegraph
  • There are people you’ve never met and yet you miss them when they are gone… Eco’s famously ironic voice is penetrating … The issues Eco addresses are so enormous in their scale they seem insurmountable, yet his measured, erudite commentary assures you that they can be understood and therefore resolved

    Financial Times
  • He brilliantly exposes all that is absurd and paradoxical in contemporary behaviour. Eco’s irony is disarming, his cleverness dazzling


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