Foucault's Pendulum - Chapters 31-60: Discuss

The hooded man raised an ax, and then the rapid slash of a pendulum.

So here we are: Chapters 31 to 60! Sex! War! Vanity publishing houses! A conspiracy that may or may not exist in any meaningful sense of the word is either being created or described! I'm not really sure, but we appear to be in the thick of the plot, so what do people think?

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As before, keep discussion to Chapter 60 or earlier; any spoilers from the first half of the book are fair game.