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Foucault's Pendulum Summary
Umberto Eco

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Foucault's Pendulum Summary

Plot Summary

Foucault's Pendulum is a novel that follows the adventures of three book editors in Milan as they attempt to unravel the great mystery of the Knights Templar. They eventually get sucked into an underground occult world of secrets and magic where the Plan they have developed becomes more powerful than they could have ever imagined.

The novel begins with the main character and narrator, Casaubon, hiding in the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers in Paris to try to find his kidnapped friend Belbo. Years ago when Casaubon is still a graduate student in Milan, Belbo and Casaubon talk to a Colonel Ardenti, an ex-fascist and Templar fanatic, who claims to have a secret Templar message. Casaubon, at the time, is working on a dissertation about the Templars so Belbo consults him about Ardenti's document. Initially taking the colonel to be a lunatic the two men are intrigued once...

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