It seriously took me months, mostly because I kept getting sidetracked, bu I am finally finished with Umberto Eco's Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.
Well, I had 100 pages left to finish for the past few months, and I finally just pushed myself through it. Surprisingly, there was one chapter that flew by pretty fast, war intrigue mixed with some interesting religious/existential philosophy. Then there was a little section on Cyrano de Bergerac which was also really interesting. But the rest, I must say, wasn't too enthralled with.
The problem to me is that the book just seems so highly self-indulgent. I know it's probably really academic and I'm not the target audience either, but all the references to outside texts, comics, etc, it's too much and too dense. I went along with it in the beginning because I thought it would all come together with some other purpose, but it seemed to be an exploration of self within the confines of this literature. And I just tired of the plotlessness after awhile.
So that's why it took me forever to read. Maybe one day I wil sit down and try Name of the Rose but I'm a little put off by Eco after this read, so that'll have to come much much later.