How to Travel with a Salmon : And Other Essays Paperback
by Umberto Eco
'Between a bottle of Epsom salts or one of twenty-year-old cognac, which would you choose? Would you rather spend your vacation with an eighty-year old leper or with Demi Moore? Do you prefer being sprinkled with ferocious red ants or sharing a sleeping compartment with Claudia Schiffer?' From the celebrated author of The Name of the Rose, here is a dazzling compendium of advice offering the correct answers to these and many other important questions. Tackling topics as diverse as the coffee pot from hell, eating on an aeroplane, how not to use a cellular phone and recognising porn movies, Umberto Eco guides us with all his customary wit and brilliance through the complexities of the modern world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 16/04/2001
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780099428633
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Review by WaxPoetic
Essays, particularly when very well-written, surpass short-stories for one very specific reason: they are generally based in fact, which is always funnier than truth and frequently more difficult to pin down.I bought my copy of this book at the Oxford Bookstore in Kolkata. Friends and I had gone there to see an exhibit of paintings of ordinary daily use things. I saw the spine and the stack of books by Mr. Eco and had to stop and pick one up. It was a lovely gift to myself, and one that brought my travel companions and I great joy. We particularly enjoyed the advice on dealing with the coffeepot from hell and also the discussion of how to function in the blissfully self-indulgent bureaucracy of the Italian university system.I am a great admirer of Mr. Eco's writings and revel in these wonderful moments of discovery. The ordinary daily use object of a book that holds the potential for such things as ordinary daily laughter.