From The Boston Review
If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a modicum may have even greater perils. Eco parades themes -- including the double, the direction of time, and the effects of modern science upon morality -- but his ostentatious presentation, coupled with his scant narrative powers, suggests nothing so much as a dumbed-down lecture for high-school students of selected problems in philosophy. A grab-bag full of cute Scholastic arguments, tinkering Jesuits, and cartoon historical figures, The Island of the Day Before sheds no new light on any of Eco's chosen themes.
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