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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name of the Rose (1980)

by Umberto Eco

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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1980)

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    Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco (ehines, hankreardon, Sensei-CRS)
    ehines: Surprised not to find this way up on Name of the Rose's rec list. FP is a much more recent period piece--the period is marked by 1968 as Name of the Rose's is marked by the emergence of the Franciscans. Well done look at the conspiratorial mindset.
  2. 91
    Dissolution by C. J. Sansom (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both feature ghastly murders in a monastery in a time of religious conflict and turmoil. The Name of the Rose (medieval Italy) is more philosophical, while Dissolution (Tudor England) is more of a straight-forward historical mystery. Both offer interesting insights into the political and religious issues of the times.… (more)
  3. 93
    The Key to The Name of the Rose: Including Translations of All Non-English Passages by Adele J. Haft (Taphophile13)
  4. 71
    The Quincunx by Charles Palliser (Booksloth)
  5. 71
    Baudolino by Umberto Eco (aces)
  6. 72
    An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Booksloth)
  7. 62
    The Dumas Club by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (mrcmrc)
  8. 64
    My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (adithyajones, IamAleem)
    adithyajones: Both of them are historical mystery fiction but both are not plain vanilla whodunits rather serious books which looks at the life at that time in minute detail
  9. 64
    The Secret History by Donna Tartt (girlunderglass)
    girlunderglass: Two words: mystery + learned men (in The Name of the Rose, scholars of ecclesiastical books, in TSH of ancient Greek books)
  10. 11
    The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza (Booksloth)
  11. 11
    Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (LamontCranston)
  12. 11
    Zwischen Utopie und Wirklichkeit: Konstruierte Sprachen für die globalisierte Welt by Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (gangleri)
  13. 11
    Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (Oct326)
    Oct326: C'è molto Borges nel "Nome della Rosa". Se qualcuno ha letto il secondo ma non il primo, sarebbe un'ottima idea leggere "Finzioni": vi (ri)troverà la biblioteca labirintica, le disquisizioni teologiche, l'inchiesta con la falsa pista, e altri motivi che hanno mirabilmente (mi vien da dire: vertiginosamente) ispirato Eco.… (more)
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    Headlong by Michael Frayn (KayCliff)
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    A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor (Laura400)
    Laura400: A brief book that relates this 20th Century author's travels to four monasteries, including extended stays in two French Benedictine monasteries. It is not a mystery or a book like "The Name of The Rose." But it is a nice meditation on a way of life that appears nearly unchanged over the centuries.… (more)
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    Doctor Mirabilis by James Blish (bertilak)
    bertilak: Both books have subplots about the controversial teachings of Joachim of Fiore.
  17. 11
    Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (KayCliff)
  18. 22
    Ex-Libris by Ross King (roby72)
  19. 11
    Gospel by Wilton Barnhardt (Medellia)
  20. 00
    The Secret Supper by Javier Sierra (Limelite)
    Limelite: Two clerics sent to investigate mysterious and secretive goings on in abbeys find death and revelation as they successfully untangle and avert the web of church politics and conflicts over man's greatest artistic and literary heritage.

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Non avevo letto niente di interessante e lungo in italiano da molto, molto tempo, forse troppo.

Sono veramente felice che dopo tutti questi anni io posso ancora leggere libri cosi, sembra che tutto il mio vocabulary é con me. Credevo di aver dimenticato tutto. (Scrivendo questo, capisco peró che ho dimenticato le regole per gli accenti gravi e acuti, e che in generale trovare le parole giuste è difficile.)

Il libro è forse un pó difficile da leggere, ma bello. Troppi dettagli e troppa religione, questo forse aiuta con l'atmosfera ma non credo che è giustificato in questa quantità. Ci sono molte frasi che fanno pensare, random pieces of advice, if you will, e se in ogni altro libro io avrei potuto saltare pagine di descrizioni che non sembrano essere necessari senza colpa, qui invece sapevo che la dentro potrebbero esserci gemme, e con un sospiro leggevo.

Un libro veramente bello, mi è piaciuto, ma non credo che lo rileggero mai. ( )
  pchr8 | May 11, 2017 |
A masterpiece. ( )
  Hymlock | Apr 28, 2017 |
My only reason for rating this 4**** rather than 5***** is that it is better to read the Kindle edition because it includes a postscript by Eco detailing the authorial process. I assume the Kindle edition is based on a previously published treeware edition (apparently 1984 Mariner edition), but whatever, check out for the authorial postscript. ( )
  CurrerBell | Nov 19, 2016 |
Medieval monks arguing the finer points of papal intrigue, some murders at the abbey, and a phantasmal library - wonderfully done, and translated at that. ( )
  kcshankd | Sep 22, 2016 |
Review: The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco.

This is a fascinating and interesting book. However, the story was long winded. I was impressed how the author spoke to the reader many times throughout the mysterious murders at an Italian Monastery of monks in Italy in the 14th century. The plot of the story was captivating but there were so many other sub-stories before you get to the end.

The narrator was a young monk, Adso of Elk sent to the monastery with his respected master, William Baskerville to investigate the events of the crimes and not to investigate the lives of the monks who lived their for many years. Adso took it upon himself to keep track of all situations that were happening at the monastery. William and Adso used logic and determination to solve the numerous bizarre deaths but they also used semiotics to decipher labyrinths and hidden secrets of the forbidden library on the top floor of the main house of the monastery. They were told form the beginning that they were allowed to investigate any where on the large estate but they could never visit the locked secluded library.

The elderly monks of the monastery over the years had collected many ancient books, scriptures, scrolls, notes and the secrets of Christianity. There were only two monks who were allowed in the library and they brought out some books during the day that was needed by other monks that were writing their own views of the Christian history as they see it. At this time some of monks were in a debated discussion on whether Jesus lived a poor life or died on the cross with a money bag of riches. They went over old writings and scriptures for hours at a time. So, while this research was being done day to day the monastery deaths were happening one after the other.

What cause the elongated story was as the murders mounted and political intrigues heightens Adso had to tackle what seemed to be evil forces of destruction and has to come to terms with not so perfect realities of life as a monk. There were times when Adso was unable to cope with the unfolding events, he would break down retreating into visions and dreams that took the reader away from the main issue while Adso told of his visions and dreams with long descriptions of what overtook his thoughts of reality and took up many pages going back and forth between the story and words of his confusion. Some of it was intriguing and I stayed interested but I also wanted to read more about his investigation. I love history, and ECO is a great writer and it was filled with so much information about labyrinths, semiotics and a long description of how the library was set up as a heptagon puzzle and a hidden room and the secret passages throughout the monastery which was great but I kept asking myself, “what about the murders”.

There were also sub-stories about the sexual encounters where monks had lovers behind closed door and some monks had visiting ladies from the village that secretly frequented the monastery. Plus, what the monks did at a given time during the day. There was also the up-coming visit by two rival clerical novices with factions debating the legitimacy of a vow of poverty among the monastery. It was all interesting, intriguing, and fascinating but a lot to read about in one book. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Aug 22, 2016 |
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The Name of the Rose is a monumental exercise in mystification by a fun-loving scholar.
added by Shortride | editTime, Patricia Blake (Jun 13, 1983)
One may find some of the digressions a touch self-indulgent... yet be carried along by Mr. Eco's knowledge and narrative skills. And if at the end the solution strikes the reader as more edifying than plausible, he has already received ample compensation from a richly stocked and eminently civilized intelligence.

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This is a mystery wherein several deaths, presumed to be murders, are investigated by a former inquisitor, Brother William, at the request of the Abbot who wishes, for political reasons, to resolve the deaths and their attendant scandals before the arrival of a Papal delegation.
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“A brilliantly conceived adventure into another time” (San Francisco Chronicle) by critically acclaimed author Umberto Eco.


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.

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Book Description: 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.… (more)

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