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Umberto Eco’s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awards. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. He collects evidence, deciphers. The Name of the Rose. NATURALLY, A MANUSCRIPT. PREFACE. ON AUGUST 16, , I WAS HANDED A BOOK WRITTEN by a certain Abbé Vallet. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Eco, an Italian philosopher and best- selling novelist, Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction.

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Write a product review. Read reviews that mention eco historical medieval brilliant pages fiction. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified Purchase. Not an easy read. Primarily based on a 'serial murder and investigative solution' concept Several characters are in play and not always named consistently.

Core activities are spread across 7 days. But with a lot of preamble and non-linear references Non-English test - mostly Latin and other expressions - are extensively used. Even the English words are non-colloquial and several are obtuse. Keep a dictionary handy. Need to read it twice to get the full gist. Also had to refer to public notes to get underlying themes etc. The paperback is too thin and I'm afraid the pages might come off as I progress through the book.

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I'm not really satisfied but since I bought this at a discount, can't really complain. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 28th by Harvest Books first published More Details Original Title. Kolekcja "Gazety Wyborczej": XX wiek 1. Italian Benedictine monastery , Italy Italy , Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Name of the Rose , please sign up. I think i saw it as a movie back in the day Mark Koster Absolutely! It's a murder mystery in the 's with monks, what's not to like? The book is slow paced, but incredibly well written.

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Make sure your version has an explanation of all Latin terms in the back. First time I read the book, I never noticed the section until I finished the book: When did Brother William recover his original pair of glasses? Cantall at the same time he gets his new ones. See all 17 questions about The Name of the Rose…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order.

Apr 11, Walter rated it did not like it. Eco's writing is so infectious, lively, and likeable that I thought it appropriate to pen my review in his style. In which I, as reader, feel used. Yes, I'm almost certain Eco wrote this thing for the sole purpose of informing us of how knowledgeable he is of the finer points of monastic orders, book trivia, and medieval philosophy.

Knowing most would not put up with this crap for pages, he wisely chose to interrupt his many digressions on poverty, heretics, whether or not Jesus laughed, Ar Eco's writing is so infectious, lively, and likeable that I thought it appropriate to pen my review in his style.

Knowing most would not put up with this crap for pages, he wisely chose to interrupt his many digressions on poverty, heretics, whether or not Jesus laughed, Aristotle, architecture, etc, with an amateurish mystery plot.

It's pedantry disguised as fiction. I've been used. In which the pace sucks. Just when you thought it was getting interesting, just when the plot is getting meatier and it grabs your attention, here comes a dissertation or a long drawn description of doors, churches, parchments, beasts, characters that are totally irrelevant to the plot, and backstories that do nothing to shed light on the events. You must often wait a chapter or two to get back to the mystery that drove you to read this thing in the first place.

Do yourself a favor and quit after he has solved his first "mystery" page 25? In which its heavy-handedness is offensive. Lurk around bookworms long enough and you're bound to find some pompous pseudo intellectual enraptured by the rich, textured, yet subtle literary clues so artfully crafted into this piece: I'm sure the late Borges heard this, face-palmed, and then turned in his grave.

I have been duly informed, perhaps by the type referenced above, that Borges was actually alive when this "work" was published. He died shortly thereafter In which the plot fails to deliver. Provided you made it as far as the end, all in hopes of finding a conclusion so stellar as to redeem the drudgery that preceded it, what one is most likely to find is disappointment. Most, by the time they get there, will already know who the culprit is, and given the setting and the tools the protagonists are carrying, what will happen in the final scene.

Is it a fantastic twist? A conspiracy centuries in the making? Just lunatic ravings akin to the ones that drove Eco to romanticize about love, lust, knowledge, etc View all comments. Beth Hunt Yup. I kn Yup. Life is too short for this crap! Walter Beth Hunt wrote: You would not believe the grief I get from people so much smarter than me for this View all 57 comments.

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I know that in general this book is loved. Many count it amongst their favorites. I found it very dull and very boring.

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So, if you couldn't stand it either, let me know that I am not alone. For those that loved it and are ready to launch rotten produce at me: View all 42 comments. A medieval Sherlock Holmes manages sectarian politics and investigates serial murders in a dense but effective read. View all 12 comments. Sep 24, s. This is one of those rare near-perfect books that crosses through many genres and could be universally acclaimed.

There are dozens of great reviews on here already, but this book struck me as so profound that I felt I needed to briefly put down my own thoughts. I could not bring myself to put this down and it was always a battle to not skip work and continue reading in the parking lot after lunch break.

Eco crafts a novel that could be labeled as historical fiction, mystery, theology and philoso This is one of those rare near-perfect books that crosses through many genres and could be universally acclaimed. Eco crafts a novel that could be labeled as historical fiction, mystery, theology and philosophy, metafiction, a plot-boiler, literature, and many others - hell, there's even a bit of love and sex thrown in and of multiple sexual orientations!

He essentially takes Sherlock Holmes and Watson and recasts them as monks in a 's Abbey where murder and theological debates appear around every corner. The two main plots, the murder mystery and the religious debates, weave together effortlessly, each feeding off each other as the tensions rise and the plot thickens.

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This is no simple plot-driven thriller however. Eco brings a tome of medieval and christian history to the table, working it as a period piece and educates the reader as well as entertains. This book truly deserve to be considered "literature", as there is much more to it than a history and research tossed into a plot.

Eco can spit prose with the best of them and he will keep your dictionary close at hand. His character's speech is all believable and what fascinated me the most was how expertly he wrote the theological arguments between the Abbey occupants. Through these characters, many which were real people, he presents believable, and often fiery, multifaceted discussions on a range of topics such as heretics, vows of poverty, and gospel interpretations. Eco has a vast knowledge of medieval studies and it shows.

He is also a professor of semiotics, which play a critical role in this novel. William's method of deduction hinges on his ability to "read the signs" in the world around him. He carefully crafts syllogisms, which brought me back to my logic and reasoning courses at MSU, to produce his theories.

Eco puts his best foot forward and gives the reader a good introduction to his own fields of study with Rose.

However, he also throws in the loophole that the world may not be comprised of any inherent meaning and that it is senseless to try to apply meaning to randomness. This could present quiet a dilemma for a monk who's life draws meaning from the gospels. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this novel was that it was a book about books.

The whole novel spins around several texts, such as Aristotle and Revelations, but is made up of other books. He even draws the readers attention to this as William explains to Adso how the contents of one book can be discerned by reading other books. He strings together hefty allusions to other medieval texts and also to one of Eco's, and one of my own, personal favorite authors: Jorge Luis Borges. This novel is saturated with allusions to Borges works, there is even a blind librarian much like the real Borges named Jorge of Burgos.

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of his collected fictions, simply because it is a phenomenal read, and to read selected stories such as The Library of Babel simultaneously with The Name of the Rose as Eco drew much of his inspiration for this book from Borges story. The scenes in the labyrinthine library of the abbey are gold, I wanted to get lost with William and Adso as they flipped through great works together while trying to make sense of their obfuscating surroundings.

Eco's use of metafiction greatly adds to this novel, as an acute reading will show Eco is often talking more about the book itself than the actual plot with his two leads.

He also leaves in plenty of untranslated Latin while having William conclude that true scholars must first master languages, and to key in on the idea that this book was a text found and translated by the character of Eco. He leaves some detective work for the reader, and I thank him for that.

You really need to read this book. There are scant few people who would not find something of interest within it's pages. It is a deep, dense ocean of a novel and not a little plot-driven pool to be waded through just for enjoyment, but with just a little effort it will provide a fountain of enjoyment.

That was a weird, out of place and senseless string of water metaphors, but you get the idea. View all 59 comments. View all 20 comments. Nov 15, Lawyer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For those who appreciate complex historical fiction. Recommended to Lawyer by: Goodreads group "Literary Explorations". Umberto Eco expects much from the reader of this book. Almost immediately the unsuspecting reader will find himself dropped into the midst of the High Middle Ages, a society completely foreign for the majority of modern readers.

In historical context, the story occurs during the time the Papacy had moved from its traditional locat "The Name of the Rose" is not a book to be picked up lightly with the expectation that you, the reader, are about to embark on a traditional work of historical fiction. In historical context, the story occurs during the time the Papacy had moved from its traditional location in Italy to Avignon. John is not the first Pope to leave the Church's Italian home. However, it is , and great dissatisfaction pervades Europe that a French King should have political influence over the Church.

Traditionally, following the division of the Roman Empire between West and East, the secular protection of the Church had fallen to the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, a title held by members of the royal families of Germany. Louis' entrance into Italy was inevitable, as King Phillip of France had encouraged an alliance with the "French" Pope through his connection with the King of Naples. Louis' sympathies, or perhaps his political acumen, led him to support the Franciscan Order, committed to the life of poverty.

Off shoots of the Fransiscan's, particularly the Psuedo-Apostles, led by Fra Dolcino, had led to absolute chaos in Italy. Dolcino's common followers attacked the wealthy to bring about a universal state of poverty.

There should be no rich. There should be no poor.

The ultimate goal of Dolcino was to abolish the need of the Church and place it under the authority of the people. Under this theory, there was no need for Popes, Cardinals, Bishops, or ecclesiastical offices of any type. William of Baskerville's purpose in going to the Abbey of Melko is as an emissary of the Imperial Theologians to negotiate a meeting between legations appointed by the Pope and Louis to resolve the conflict between the Papacy, the Minorite or Franciscan orders, and Louis.

What is at stake is a reinterpretation between Church and State. That the underlying issue concerns who will wield true power in Europe is obvious. However, William's true mission is delayed. For, upon his arrival, he discovers that a young Illuminator in the Abbey's Scriptorium has met an untimely death. Was it murder or suicide? The death of a second monk, clearly indicates that someone in the closed society of the Abbey of Melk is a murderer.

Accompanied by his scribe, Adso, William sets out to investigate the deaths of the two monks. The mystery only deepens as more deaths occur. The circumstances seem to follow the sounding of the trumpets as revealed in the Revelation of John. Eco continues to complicate the facts of William's case by revealing that the Abbey contains one of the finest libraries known in the contemporary world. Interestingly, no one but the Librarian, his assistant, or someone with the permission of the Abbot himself can gain entry to the library, which is protected by a labyrinth seemingly incapable of being navigated.

William of Baskerville is the equivalent of a Medieval Sherlock Holmes. Adso, whose French name happens to be Adson, conveniently rhyming with Watson.

William is a man committed to logic.

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He is a student of Roger Bacon. He is a contemporary of William of Occam. It should come as no surprise that he is capable of the art of deduction through that logic, nor that he should be in possession of a pair of optical lenses, serving him as eyeglasses enabling him to read the tiny writing of a murdered monk, barely perceptible to the naked eye.

The monk's almost invisible writing lead William and Adso to discover the secrets of the labyrinth and to search for a book that seems to hold the motive for the accumulating bodies, day by day. The Abbot pointedly tells William that the matter of these deaths must be resolved prior to the arrival of the two legations. The Papal legation is headed by Bernard of Gui, an infamous inquisitor who has burned many a heretic in his long history as a defender of the faith. Surely Bernard will take over the question of the deaths at the Abbey and use them to strengthen the Pope's position that the Franciscan's philosophy of the poverty of Christ be eliminated by the Pope.

William and Adso's exploration of the labyrinth to discover a missing book, the seeming motive for the murders, intensify. And they succeed in discovering their way through the labyrinth. However, they are unsuccessful in unraveling an endless thread of textual clues leading from one manuscript to the next prior to the arrival of the two opposed legations. As feared, the discovery of yet another body, the herbalist Severinus, leads Bernard Gui to take over the inquisition to root out the evil present in the abbey.

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