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.