How did we arrive at choosing this book as our book of the month in our good read book club? I never have felt so much rambling and boredom at once. At first the first chapter is all about loath towards the Jews, Germans, Frenchman, Italians, Priests, Jesuits and women. What did this Simmonini of a fella love? However, what made me survive a few chapters was how he described his hate towards the above individuals that made me go like ooohhh no, ouch, you for real…. not knowing what was awaiting in the next pages. Take for instances:
Priests…they become priests only to live a life of idleness and idleness is guaranteed by their number…and from the most unworthy priests the government chooses the stupidest and appoints them bishops. You have them around you…when you were born, when they baptize you, at school, then first communion, catechism, confirmation; there’s a priest on your wedding day to tell you what to do in bed, and the day after confession to ask you how many times you did it so he can arouse himself behind the grille. They talk with horror about sex but every day you see them getting out of an incestuous bed without so much as washing their hands, and they eat and drink, then shit and piss him out…. (ooohhh yes preach brother I had waited for someone to say this especially in this era of fake priests or so called anointed ones who only utter pure nonsense and in the course of the 6days before and after Sabbath their actions prove otherwise.)
The Frenchman doesn’t really know what he wants, but knows perfectly well that he doesn’t want what he has. And the only way he knows of saying it is by singing songs.
The Italian is an untrustworthy, lying, contemptible traitor, finds himself more at ease with a dagger than a sword, better with poison than medicine, a slippery bargainer, consistent only in changing sides with the wind…
The German lives in a state of perpetual intestinal embarrassment due to an excess of beer and pork sausages on which he gorges himself. Typical German suffers from bromhidrosis (foul smelling sweat) and it’s shown that the urine of a German contains 20% nitrogen…
Jews are the most godless people. They start off from the idea that good must happen here, not beyond the grave. Therefore they only work for the conquest of this world.
Do not even ask how he described women!
Simone Simonini, 65 years old woke up on one fateful Tuesday as someone else, Abbe Dalla whose house was linked to his by a secret corridor. How did this happen? Dalla lost his memory , regained it, went to sleep and passed his memory loss to Simone. Weird right? But this here feels like a 12monkey series or which is that series that had so many flashbacks and flash forwards and you had to rewind to internalize the whole story? Back to Simone…Umberto takes a reader through the life of a forger who enriched himself through shady businesses. This faker hated everything around him, loved history and politics and his arguments with acquaintances are breath-taking. Umberto also explores the Napoleon, Karl Max eras when capitalism
What lacked oomph in this book is that Umberto spent so much writing long sentences that made no sense, went around in circles and never revealed what exactly happened when Simone lost his memory which in the first place made me eager to read it .The more I turned into those pages the more I dozed off after five or so pages that I had to inquire from the other book club members if they felt it too. Luckily, no one loved it, only 2 lovers of history finished the book and the rest swore to never read Umberto’s works again! What I gathered form the discussions though was that he awoke each time as a different person, Umberto vomited difficult words and put them on paper and we had to fathom he was an academic which influenced his style of writing. Others argued Simone suffered from multiple personality disorder and so on and so forth.
So what did I learn from the pages I read?
- First a recipe….let’s cook Cotes de veau in simpler terms Foyot;
- Meat at least 4cm thick
- 2 medium size onions
- 50gms of bread without the crust
- 75 of grated gruyѐre
- 50gms of butter
- Grate the bread into breadcrumbs and mix with the gruyѐre
- Peel and chop the onions and melt 40gms of butter in a small pan
- In another pan gently sautѐ the onions in the remaining butter
- Cover the bottom of the dish with half the onions, season the meat with salt and pepper, arrange it on the dish and add the rest of the onions
- Cover with a first layer of breadcrumbs and cheese, making sure the meat sits well on the bottom of the dish, allowing the melted butter to drain to the bottom and gently pressing by hand
- Add another layer of breadcrumbs to form a sort of dome, and the last of the melted butter
- Add enough white wine and stock until the liquid is no more than half the height of the meat
- Put the dish in the oven for around half an hour, basting now and then with the wine and stock
Serve with sautѐed cauliflower.
2. The revolution has made us the slaves of a godless state, more unequal than before and fraternal enemies, each a Cain to the other. It’s no good being too free, nor is it good to have all we need. Our fathers were poorer and happier because they remained in touch with nature. The modern world has given us steam which poisons the countryside and mechanical looms which have taken work from so many wretched souls and don’t produce fabrics as they once did. Man, left to himself is too wicked to be free. What little freedom we need must be guaranteed by a sovereign.
3. Religion is the opium of the people but is also the cocaine of the people because religion has led to wars and massacres of infidels and this is true of Christians, Muslims and other idolaters. And while the Negroes of Africa confined themselves to massacring each other, the missionaries converted them and made them into colonial troops, ideally suited to dying on the front line and raping white women when they reached a city. People are never as completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.
If you think at some point you can handle history even that of the Catholic church about Masons, Templar’s go ahead and enjoy this book while for some of us we closed that chapter even before we were quarter way. Here is the good read review;
19th-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document?
Eco takes his readers here on an unforgettable journey through the underbelly of world-shattering events. This is Eco at his most exciting, a book immediately hailed as his masterpiece.
PS: Our book of the month is Life and a Half by Sony Labou Tansi. We kicking African this time and the one thing i have with African authors is as much as books are rated as the best winning book, where the hell is their e-pubs? You spend a whole day searching for this books but they are nowhere to be seen apart of course from Amazon. Am kindly requesting right here on my blog, if you have Life and a Half kindly hit me up.