The Island of the Day Before

by Umberto Eco

After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on aship.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.43 out of 5
  • Published June 5th 2006 by Mariner Books
  • Original Title: L'isola del giorno prima
  • ISBN: 0156030373 (ISBN13: 9780156030373)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Roberto della Griva
  • Roberto de la Grive
  • Tycho Brahe
  • Monsieur Gaffarel
  • Arthénice...more
  • Escondida
  • Marquis de Cinq-Mars
  • Monsieur de Saint-Savin
  • Monsieur de Toiras...less

After a violent storm in the South Pacific in the year 1643, Roberto della Griva finds himself shipwrecked-on a ship. Swept from the Amaryllis, he has managed to pull himself aboard the Daphne, anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship is fully provisioned, he discovers, but the crew is missing.As Roberto explores the different cabinets in the hold, he remembers chapters from his youth: Ferrante, his imaginary evil brother; the siege of Casale, that meaningless chess move in the Thirty Years’ War in which he lost his father and his illusions; and the lessons given him on Reasons of State, fencing, the writing of love letters, and blasphemy.In this fascinating, lyrical tale, Umberto Eco tells of a young dreamer searching for love and meaning; and of a most amazing old Jesuit who, with his clocks and maps, has plumbed the secrets of longitudes, the four moons of Jupiter, and the Flood.