The Book: The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
Company: The Family
The Lead In: This book is dragging a bit. Just being honest there. Eco has a tendency to ramble a bit, which I like at times, but, because he does it constantly, it begins to grate a bit on the nerves.
The 411 on the 55: The focus shifts to the past again. Roberto falls in love with a whore. Well, or so the book hints at. She is, for sure, a peasant and beneath his class. He goes to his friend for help on writing a love letter to her, but he chickens out and doesn't give it to her. His fear of rejection strangles his words in his throat and he moves on, painfully in love. Even worse, he catches the plague and is dragged off to either die or recover in a convent.
And survive he does. The war is ended by a peace treaty and, the end of this story (on the boat), is now in the future.
Line of the Day: "In a brief period of time Roberto lost father, beloved, health, friend, and probably the war." pg 141
Fact on the Fiction: Apparently many people are still interested in siege warfare, medieval style. Medieval