This is Not the End of the Book


A conversation curated by Jean-Philippe de Tonnac

  • Umberto Eco
  • Jean-Claude Carrière

It is one of the precious books with offers a book like a family photo album. Every one of us has grown up with watching family album. Whenever we open it we relive the moments we lived.  When we read a novel we relive the characters and grow with them. How beautifully to read a book when is a conversation and two world’s great men delightfully talk about the books, which they like, they got and which they don’t like. What will happen to books in future?

Today when book shops are getting closed and heavy discounts are offered from online retail. The publication houses are churning out the self-published vanity range of books. It is difficult for a reader to get such a book where one will get a conversation which offers such a variety of discussion.  Jean-Claude Carrière and Umberto Eco come together and discuss on books at large. They possess a hugh collection of books Which books they have into their personal collection might be concern for many. Their conversation goes much further and they discuss how where and when did they acquired these books. Eco talks about early printing of books to the latest style of printing. Eco and Carriere discuss how the printing and illustration was a personal touch to books. How books were printed and then the buyer has to go to a book binding house to bind it. It use to take 6 months to 2 years for the final book well bound to get it in hand. Gone are those days. Eco elaborates on technological change and phenomenal change in our psychology. It is interesting to read or rather listen both of them when they talk on books, writers, readers, people, technology and life.

This book binds a reader from the era of book binding as a business and book which only an elite can buy to today when any reader can buy a book. The technology has altered the life.

Eco talks on his purchase of his 1st computer to CD and DVD Roms, pen-drives and hard disks.  Eco’s first computer to the book Carrière is most sad to have sold. The discussion about how education in Italy, France, UK and US has changed over period and how cinema has developed over the years. What is the skill of a writer and what is the skill of a director a thought shared by both makes this books more interesting. It is a perfect idea in the time of podcast to read the conversation of two writers the books they have grown up with. This offered me a different perspective towards them. The introspective aspect of the book what attract me to read again and again on my Sunday. It is become my preference on Sunday book.

Their personal opinion about writers and their books made me rethink on literature. This book motivates me to find couple of other books who talks on same line.  It is wonderful journey when we read the great Italian novelist, essayist, philosopher, and semiotician Umberto Eco conversing with French novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière about the book and its perennial place as medium of irreplaceable humanity.

I find this book as a perfect gift to any book lover.

“No copyright infringement is intended”

Published by Rahul Mate

Passionate about cinema, fine art, literature and photography, while teaching in media school Rahul Mate makes a little change into the life of people by connecting them with world of creative freedom.

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