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Wn of the apocalyptic 'Year of the Beast' in 1666 Balthasar Embriaco a Genoese Levantine merchant sets out on an adventure that will take him across the breadth of the civilised world from Constantinople through the Mediterranean to London shor. This is an example of how those glowing blurbs that marketing puts on books to get you to read them really does a disservice to the poor writer who suddenly has to live up to a nearly impossible standard This book according to the glowing uotes on the jacket did for the 17th century what The Name of the Rose did for the 14th Ouch Not trueI couldn t wait for this book to end which is just ridiculous considering that Amin Maalouf set up a really fantastic setting for his story It s the year of the impending Apocalypse 1666 which tweaks out numerology cranks in every variant of the Abrahamic religions and the main character ends up on a trip from the Levant to Constantinople to Genoa and eventually up to London just in time to get mired in the Great Fire He s after a book that may or may not contain the Hundredth name of God which might be useful when all the nasties from Revelations start making the roundsSomehow the book manages to be tedious It s all the main character s journal entries and I guess it s in character that the journals of a shopkeeper would be a bit pithy especially one that is a member of a religious minority running a business in a region of the world that has never really been settled or civil Still it s a particular device that I have a hard time with where characters ruminate endlessly on what a minute turn of phrase meant and who is mildly insulted and who isn t and how little points of etiuette must be observed It s what makes a lot of Victorian and Regency novels unreadable Jane Austen I m looking at you and it s disheartening to see one of the most respected Arabic novelists writing to day mired in this trap At least he doesn t pull a Melville and natter on and on for pages about what the water looks like when you re sailing from Constantinople to SmyrnaThere are a few subplots involving romance deep friendships made with fellow travelers and a random fake Messiah who complicates the already hysterical religious mood of the region and every single one of these story lines just sort of dies out in the most unsatisfactory way Every single one of these subplots is set up as something interesting that could develop into something cool and then it just kind of doesn tAbout three uarters of the way through when it became clear that I had slogged through all this tedious build up for nothing nothing whatsoever I wanted to loose this book on the Metro so I would have an excuse to not finish it but I m trying to gain an appreciation or at least an understanding of the literature coming out of the Middle East and I paid full price for it soNow to be fair if you took an actual person s journal this is pretty much what it would be like When you write down day to day things that you do and things that seem important there s no narrative flow or story arcs At least not polished ones So ok I suppose if you wanted to pretend that this was actually a guy s journal fine but it makes for terrible reading Novels are supposed to skip all the boring crap and have some sort of awareness of narrative flowAnyway I uppsed my rating to two stars because for whatever other faults it s well researched I mean there s not a LOT of stuff but the few little things like mastis smuggling was pretty interestingI m really sad I have to say that this author wasn t engaging I really really want to find an author from the Levant and Middle East that I like I m just spoiled by reading the likes of Neal Stephenson and Umberto Eco Also the other titles by Maalouf look amazing I have a copy of Leo Africanus and I ll probably read it just in case it s good One can hope

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Le périple de Baldassare

Tly before the Great FireBalthasar's urgent uest is to track down a copy of one of the rarest and most coveted books ever printed a volume called 'The Hundredth Name' its contents are thought to be of vital importance to the future of the world. I looked at the sky last night and it seems to me that there really are fewer and fewer stars They re going out after the other while on earth cities burnThe world began in paradise and is going to end in hellWhy did I come to it so late

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There are ninety nine names for God in the Koran is it possible that there is a secret one hundredth nameIn this tale of magic and mystery of love and danger Balthasar's ultimate uest is to find the secret that could save the worldBefore the da. I bought this book in a charity shop for 1 because I liked the cover What a bargain I loved this tale which revolves around the fears of ordinary people that the world would end in 1666 The Year of the Beast I enjoyed the diary format and became uite fond of the diary writer He was sometimes a pompous man but because he was only writing his journal for himself he wrote down all his insecurities worries etc without reservation and that is how we come to know the real man It s sometimes funny sometimes uite moving never boring and entertaining throughout I ll happily recommend it as a really good read


10 thoughts on “Le périple de Baldassare

  1. says:

    I bought this book in a charity shop for £1 because I liked the cover What a bargain I loved this tale which revolves around the fears of ordinary people that the world would end in 1666 The Year of the Beast I enjoyed the diary format and became uite fond of the diary writer He was sometimes a pompous man but because he was only writing his journal for himself he wrote down all his insecurities worries etc without rese

  2. says:

    In ‘Balthasar’s Odyssey’ the best of Umberto Eco meets the worst of Jorge Luis Borges The erudition towards medieval paraphernalia and the elaborate metaphors are certainly appealing while the narrative best reminds a Mexican telenovela In one word Borges would have a story where Maalouf has a novel Yet can’t say I

  3. says:

    1666 Annus Horribilis The Year of the Beast and absolutely a challenge to BalthasarLove lost love found and lost once Lond

  4. says:

    I read Balthazar's Oddysey while traveling to London to give a conference proceeding on surveillance and fiction and will forever associate the event with it I just couldn't put it down The book reminded me of Umberto Eco's Baudolino in a good and less heavy way and in no way diminishing its own uniueness It was a delight

  5. says:

    The unexpected journey

  6. says:

    This is an example of how those glowing blurbs that marketing puts on books to get you to read them really does a disservice to the poor writer who suddenly has to live up to a nearly impossible standard This book according to the glowing uotes on the jacket 'did for the 17th century what 'The Name of the Rose' did for t

  7. says:

    I read this book on my way from Lebanon to Turkey and the trip was all the enhanced by the reading The narrator of this novel a bookseller takes a similar journey but in the 17 century when the terrain was all part of the

  8. says:

    The premise of the book was great The year 1666 and the portents are all bleak the end of the world is nigh There are some further signs with an eccentric Messiah challenging the power of Constantinople London burning plague and general ill feeling In the middle of all this depression Balthasar goes looking for a book that supposedly holds the key of salvation the unknown 10oth name for GodUnfortunately Balth

  9. says:

    I looked at the sky last night and it seems to me that there really are fewer and fewer stars They're going out after the other while on earth

  10. says:

    My least favourite of Amin Maalouf's worksFocusing on symbolism of historic events was overdone on account of the plot It is a rich tenderloin stake ruined by over seasoningThe style was also fairy talish not to my liking

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