The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Book - 2006
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A spectacular best seller and now a classic, The Name of the Rose catapulted Umberto Eco, an Italian professor of semiotics turned novelist, to international prominence. An erudite murder mystery set in a fourteenth-century monastery, it is not only a gripping story but also a brilliant exploration of medieval philosophy, history, theology, and logic.

In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a wealthy Italian abbey whose monks are suspected of heresy. When his mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths patterned on the book of Revelation, Brother William turns detective, following the trail of a conspiracy that brings him face-to-face with the abbey's labyrinthine secrets, the subversive effects of laughter, and the medieval Inquisition. Caught in a power struggle between the emperor he serves and the pope who rules the Church, Brother William comes to see that what is at stake is larger than any mere political dispute-that his investigation is being blocked by those who fear imagination, curiosity, and the power of ideas.

The Name of the Rose offers the reader not only an ingeniously constructed mystery--complete with secret symbols and coded manuscripts--but also an unparalleled portrait of the medieval world on the brink of profound transformation.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
ISBN: 9780307264893
Branch Call Number: FIC Eco 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxxvii, 560 p. :,ill. --
Additional Contributors: Weaver, William 1923-


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It took me several tries over several years to get into this book, but once I got past the first 20 pages I couldn't put it down.

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DCLadults May 15, 2018

The best of historical fiction with immense philosophical depth. I loved how the religious thoughts and political intrigues of the time were laid out before me, with their sense of promise to some and threat to others.

Mar 23, 2018

There is a "companion" for this book:

"The Key to The Name of the Rose"
Haft, White, White
Ampersand Associates, Inc.
Harrington Park, NJ 1987

Translations of some of the text, and a brief history of Middle Ages.

Jul 05, 2017

NY Times It was one of the three 'Literary Tour of Italy's Libraries ...

Jun 05, 2017

The movie that was made with Sean Connery is much better than the book.

May 28, 2017

Life is too short to be wasted on crappy books! This is one of those. Besides the first 30 (actually numbered) pages of the book being an introduction that could have been added at the end of the book, this is the second book that was recommended to me (because I'm a Ravenclaw) that has not been worth the lost time that I will never get back and not worth the paper that was used to publish it!

If you like books that bore you to death and ramble on about things that have nothing to do with the actual story, then by all means, go ahead and read this. For example, there are 6 & 1/2 pages that describe what the chapel in the abbey looks like. This tops the Anne Rice penchant for excessively describing things that could have been done in a paragraph or two!

I would not recommend this book to anyone...unless you have insomnia and need to be put to sleep. Oh, I did not finish it.

Dec 02, 2016

This story was a bit long. Long in the sense that the author went a lot into detail, which set up the scenes and the events, but a bit tedious, or at least it was for me. Secondly, it was slow and methodical. I have to admit, when reading a crime or suspense novel, I am wanting something that draws you in and moves along quickly. This book drew me in, but was slow moving. My personal preferences may have prejudiced my review or normal reading expectation. Again, I found this story interesting but slow moving

The characters were very well developed as well as the story. The plots rich in detail. At the same time, it is a complex book with all the intrigue and plotting interweaved in the story. The story revolves around the struggle for power within a monastery. Having this power would enable that individual to set the course of doctrine for the future. In many ways, a struggle of whether the church should guide and release only what it believes is good for the church or should information, no matter how much it is perceived to be heretical, should be available to all scholars to argue. This struggle and argument is so compelling, people are murdered to protect the books that are in question.

I found the premise of the story quite captivating, interesting, and intriguing. It was just told from a very methodical and analytical manner, it caused the story to drag.

This would be an interesting read when one is between books.

Apr 01, 2015

When mentioning the genre of historical mysteries this book always tops the list of books you are supposed to read. So I finally got around to doing just that.

While this in no doubt a dense book filled with debates on 14th century theology including the stimulating question, “Did Christ laugh?” I found myself fascinated. I love religious history and books, both of which are key subjects in this mystery. Issues of heresy, black magic and a secret book make for a pretty good mystery but for me the most enjoyable part was the history.

Nov 04, 2013

Very good novel. Takes you back in time into the minds and dilemmas of different and clashing philosophies that dominated the lives of the clergy and its subjects alongside a great and mysterious story.

janinethequeen Aug 19, 2013

Change your life good.

Apr 10, 2013

Great book.

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