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review 2018-03-21 18:21
Sodom und Gomorrha
Der Name der Rose - Umberto Eco,Burkhart Kroeber

Ein Klassiker schlechthin. Und zunächst erfüllt er das Klischee eines Klassikers: es liest sich am Anfang eeeetwas holprig. Doch kaum nach 100 Seiten hat man sich eingelesen und ist aufnahmefähig für den feinen Humor und Sarkasmus, der einem zwischen den Seiten entgegenweht. Und natürlich schlägt mein Herz für William - ein englischer Mönch, der mit dem selbigen, landestypischen Humor gesegnet ist. Dieser ist mit dem Novizen Adson unterwegs (aufgrund allerlei politischen und kirchlichen Wirrungen, die ich vermutlich nur halb verstanden habe). Beide gelangen zu einer Abtei, in der sich bald die Ereignisse überschlagen. Wie die Fliegen sterben die Mönche, immer unter mysteriösen Umständen. William, ehemaliger Inquisitor, soll dem Morden ein Ende setzen und "ermitteln". Schnell wird klar, dass die Bibliothek eine große Rolle spielen muss. Diese wird gehütet und ist geheimnisumwoben. 

Zuerst dachte ich, dass das jetzt so ein Mittelalterklopper ist, gespickt mit religiösen Brimborium. Und sicherlich gibt es viel religiöses Gedöns, aber dieses wird oft von William spitzfindig hinterfragt und auf die Probe gestellt. Schön fand ich das. Außerdem gefiel mir auch der Krimianteil in diesem Buch.

Schlussendlich stellt sich heraus, dass all die Leute sterben mussten, weil ein Mönch ein Buch versteckte, welches den Humor und Sarkasmus guthieß. Absolut angemessen muss ich doch da sagen....


Abschließend sei eine Stelle zitiert, die mir unter all den vielen, besonders gut gefiel:

>>Wie schade!<< rief ich enttäuscht. >>Ich wäre gern einmal beim Spazierengehen im Walde einem Einhorn begegnet! Wozu geht man sonst im Walde spazieren?<<

Ja, wozu? Berechtigte Frage

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text 2017-09-30 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 624 pages.
El nombre de la rosa - Umberto Eco,Richardo Pochtar

*Scratches head* Alright...


I'm reading this one in Spanish for two reasons:


- It's closer to the original Italian. Logic says translation should work better (I'm crossing my fingers).


- It is a book infamous for being a difficult read. I read about 1 in 20 books in my mother tongue now, usually those originally published as such, or copies I own jointly with mom, but early grasp of a language is never to be discounted as an advantage in understanding.




I'm one page in and I already fired a notes-file to untangle that first paragraph. And my understanding of Latin only extends to what I can elucidate from modern similar words.


This will be a challenge



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review 2017-05-03 03:02
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

Thank God, I finally finished this book!


Some of it was weird. Some of it was interminably boring. But other parts were witty, and I rather enjoyed those parts. I like the medieval Sherlock vibe, but overall I'm just glad to be done!

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review 2017-04-01 03:10
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (Third Read)
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

This was hard to rate. It was the third time around, and although I devoured it the first time, I meandered through it this time, partly because it was a pain to carry around. It was enjoyable but knowing some of what was going to happen took away from that a bit. It was still pretty awesome and thought-provoking, so I didn’t mind skimming over the odd paragraph that lingered a bit too long. Admittedly, when presented with really long lists like those at the start of the novel, I have a tendency to pick up speed as I read so they get presented as a gush from the character’s awe and amazement. Basically, Adso’s overwhelmed and yet he can recall every detail sixty years later.


I’m still not sure what the point of the outer framing story is though.

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review 2017-03-30 00:02
The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

I'm not sure there's much I can say here that I didn't already say in my status updates.  


This book is long; perhaps not by page count, but psychologically, it often felt endless.


Eco is a very talented writer if the only measurements of talent were creating a sense of place, bringing many characters to life, and plotting out a good story.  But he writes excessively.  His sentences run on well past anybody's idea of reasonable, he cannot stop himself from creating lists in narrative form that often run over a page long, and the theological lessons were excessively excessive.  All up, if you could go back and edit the book to include only plot related scenes, I'm not sure the book would be 200 pages long.


But those 200 pages would have made a spectacular read.  The abbey, the labyrinthine library, the passages, the codes, the books... the murders.  So much atmosphere, so much potential!


The book is broken into 7 days and most of the plot snowballs and takes place in days 6 and 7.  Here William of Baskerville once again channels his inner Sherlock, and the showdown is magnificent.  And tragic.  Days 6 and 7 earned this book the third star.


I'm not sorry at all that I read this; I complained a lot along the way, but a lot of it stuck with me.  Still, unless you enjoy a richly written verbosity in your reads, I can't recommend this one.  If the setting and plot sound like your thing - and I can't believe I'm going to say this - watch the movie instead.

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