The Name of the Rose
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns to the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, and... show more
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns to the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, and the empirical insights of Roger Bacon to find the killer. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey (“where the most interesting things happen at night”) armed with a wry sense of humor and a ferocious curiosity.
Publish date: 1994-09-28
Publisher: Harvest Books
Pages no: 536
Edition language: English
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 tho...
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 char...
This has been on my 'to-read' list for 30 years. Within the last year "The Name of the Rose" popped up on sale from one of my eBook crawlers; I bought it and there it sat in Calibre. When I read Mr. Eco passed away and I realized I had put off reading "The Name of the Rose" long enough. A murder...
Hearing about the death of Umberto Eco this week reminded me that I had once read this, and never reviewed it. Some time has gone by, since I read it, but I'll offer a few things my memory has still retained. The Name of the Rose (TNOTR) has a well-deserved reputation for being filled with a lot ...
This book took me longer than expected to finish. It's a heavier book than I normally read, which certainly contributed some, but it's not so heavy that it's unreadable, or incomprehensible. No, what really caused the delay was me downloading You Must Build a Boat to my device and spending nearly ...
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