|'Focaults Pendulum' Like Eco's other books are hard to get into but impossible get out of your head once they click|
Yes. Very much so actually. I finished it a few days ago and, strange pacing issues aside, I found it immensely satisfying. I loved the ending, the map becoming the territory etc. etc. And that last scene in Belpo's villa was really quite disturbing and haunting. Although, I think it will need a re-read to fully absorb it. Maybe in a few years!
I have now started reading Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I've been a big fan of Murakami since I read Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman and have been working up to this for a while (after 'Blind Willow...' I read North of the Border, West of the Sun and then Kafka on the Shore). So far it is sublime, and I'm beginning to see why it has been described as a career best. I LOVED 'Kafka...' although I found it rather impenetrable toward the end but so far 'Wind-Up Bird' is exceeding it in terms of detail and subtlty. Saying that, I finished the skinning scene not twenty minutes ago, and it was possibly one of the most disturbing vignettes I have ever read (it reminded me of Palahniuk's Haunted in it's visceral, clinical description of atrocity, although, obviously, a lot better written!).
I skipped V! I think, like Murakami, Pynchon needs a bit of a run up. I have read The Crying of Lot 49 and really liked it, which of his books should I read next?