The plot of Foucault's Pendulum revolves around three friends, Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon, who work for a small publishing company in Milan
As Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon become increasingly obsessed with The Plan, they sometimes forget that it's just a game. Worse still, when adherents of other conspiracy theories learn about The Plan, they take it seriously. Belbo finds himself the target of a very real secret society that believes he possesses the key to the lost treasure of the Knight's Templar
. After reading too many manuscripts about occult conspiracy theories, they decide they can do better, and set to invent their own conspiracy for fun. They call this satirical, intellectual game "The Plan".. - From <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foucault%27
Umberto Eco will blow you away with this book, even if you have not been able to sink your teeth into any he wrote previously. For writer's, this book is perfect to pick apart. Eco smoothes his prose across your mind poetically and inserts references to everything under the sun, adding at least one extra dimension of chewy goodness to this book that you won't find often in the literature on commercal bookshelves today. This book revolves around the character's motivations and the deepest parts of who they are; Belbo, Diotallevi and Casaubon lead the lives of realistic people and react according to logic that horror movies and modern adventure novels encourage audience's to skip over or ignore. This is an 'eye-opener' book. It can be read for the sheer entertainment of a conspiracy, adventure, sparkling mystery gem or can be picked apart to improve your own writing style (which I must admit is exactly what I did). This book is one of my ultimate favorites. I read it and was left breathless and ponderous. It has a home on my shelves always.