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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 sev. Go ahead throw your tomatoes at meI know that in general this book is loved Many count it amongst their favorites I found it very dull and very boring I had an extremely hard time staying interested in the story which is weird for me and mysterysuspense stories Never have I fought so hard to finish a book in general I do not DNFSo if you couldn t stand it either let me know that I am not aloneFor those that loved it and are ready to launch rotten produce at me

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Il nome della rosa

And a ferocious curiosity 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?. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegallyThe CCLaP 100 In which I read a hundred so called classics and then write reports on whether or not I think they deserve the labelBook 7 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco The story in a nutshellIn one of the fascinating stories of how a novelist was first drawn to his profession scholar Umberto Eco was actually an Italian history professor and Medieval expert for years before ever turning to creative writing according to legend it was his thrilling and exacting retelling of actual Dark Age stories that inspired his friends to keep urging him to write a novel based in those times which he finally did in the late 1970s As such then The Name of the Rose is a bizarre amalgam that you scarcely ever find in contemporary literature a genre actioner murder mystery with a lot of melodramatic elements at its core but at the same time a detailed historical look at actual 1300s Europe with a big part of the reason to read this book being so that one can be exposed to the meticulous detail of Eco s prose on the subject from the period s clothing and architecture to its religious structures and philosophies But on top of this turns out that Eco is a postmodernist and accomplished semiotics expert as well turning the book not just into a potboiler mystery and historical novel but indeed an entire thesis on the nature of language itself on the meaning behind symbols and on why human behavior repeats itself so often no matter which age you study and no matter what the rationale behind such behavior during any given agePlotwise it s the story of a Franciscan monk named William of Baskerville which is just the start of the sly references to Sherlock Holmes Eco deliberately inserts turns out that William is also British a champion of logic and deductive reasoning and even has a clueless teenage assistant named Adso who stands in symbolically for the eually clueless audience William is in Italy helping a fellow monk investigate a mysterious death in the fortified abbey where the man leads turns out in fact that this is one of the largest and most renowned of all the Christian Dark Age monastery libraries attracting an international team of egghead monks and a scholarly atmosphere akin to modern universities Both the novel and the investigation take place over seven days at this fortressabbey where William and Adso spend their time gathering clues pontificating on all kinds of subjects that intellectuals in the 1300s pontificated on and examining in detail such historical details as the church s then ongoing debate over whether it s better to be rich or poor as well as why the Benedictine monks and the Franciscan ones hated each other so intensely back then in the first place This being a murder mystery of course the actual plot is something best left for the reader to discover on their own although I ll warn you that the actual whodunit part isn t very suspenseful as mentioned above the real point of this being a murder mystery is for Eco to show just how similarly humans behaved back then as we do now even as the times themselves inspire completely different motivations and excuses So in other words a lot less I love my baby s mamma in the 1300s a lot The devil made me do it The argument for it being a classicFans of this novel and there are a whole lot of them it s hard to dislike this book frankly argue that this book deserves the classic label uickly than a lot of other contemporary novels do after all the book s only 27 years old at this point precisely because it deals with issues from an age of classics so in other words because it s set in Medieval times is written in Dark Age vernacular and includes historical details worthily accurate of the respected academe Eco is fans claim that of course The Name of the Rose will eventually be a classic such a foregone conclusion that we might as well declare it one now Ah but there s also a much stronger argument for this being considered a classic right now as mentioned many of those who study the esoteric academic field of semiotics claim that the novel is a perfect example of what they do explained in layman s terms so that non academes can finally get it As such then these people claim that The Name of the Rose is not just an exciting DaVinci Code style historical thriller but also a densely layered examination of stories about stories about stories of symbols about symbols about symbols of the meaning behind meaning behind meaning Yeah see what they mean when they say that semiotics is a hard thing to explain to the general public The argument againstThe main argument against this being a classic seems to be one brought up a lot with well written yet contemporary books contemporary in this case being any less than half a century old that the book is simply too new to be able to reasonably judge whether it should rightly be called a timeless classic one of those fabled books you should read before you die For just one example when The Name of the Rose first came out in 1980 it was the first time anyone had ever tried setting a rational Holmesian style mystery story within a Medieval monastery in the years since we ve had all kinds of projects on the subject including a popular weekly BBCMasterpiece series It s a great book even its critics are uick to point out even if somewhat on the dry side at points ugh all those debates about papal decrees but who s to say if anyone s going to even remember this novel a hundred years from now or the notoriously spotty career Eco has since had as a novelist Don t forget Eco is mostly a scholar and historian although considered a rockstar in the academic world his reputation as a writer of fiction is much contentious My verdictSo let s make it clear right off the bat that from a pure entertainment standpoint The Name of the Rose is one of the most delightful novels I ve read in years years It s funny it s smart it s insightful it s thrilling it s nerdy Cheese And Rice it s everything a lover of books could possibly ever want from a well done one But is it a classic Well unfortunately I think I m going to have to agree with the critics on this one that although it could very well become a classic one day one of those Catcher in the Rye style one hit wonders that populate so many lists I think it s simply too early to make such a call either in a positive or negative way especially considering Eco s otherwise spotty career as a novelist That s part of the point of classics lists existing after all and why those who care about such lists take them so seriously because ultimately such a designation should reflect not only how good a book itself is but how well it s stood the test of time of how relevant it s continued to be to generation after generation of how timeless the author s style and word choice One always has to be careful when adding newish books to such lists especially novels less than 30 years old because we have no idea at this point how such books are going to stand the test of time load up your classics list with such titles and your list suddenly becomes worthless fluff as relevant and important as a whole evening of handing out freakin uill Awards It s for this reason that I m excluding The Name of the Rose from my own personal Canon although still highly encourage all of you to actually read it just from the standpoint of pure enjoymentIs it a classic Not yet

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En bizarre deaths Brother William turns detective His tools are the logic of Aristotle the theology of Auinas the empirical insights of Roger Bacon all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor. This was one of the biggest novels in the 80s I remember the book very well A crime story set in a monastery with much Latin and Greek and some dubious monks trying to solve some murder cases The denouement was brilliant The whole story was absolutely outstanding the lost book on comedy and extremely sophisticated So much wisdom and philosophy in one novel It s very seldom that you come across a book like that There is also a famous movie with Jean Connery as William of Baskerville but the book tops the novel by far Back then in school everybody read that novel Must read and absolutely recommended


10 thoughts on “Il nome della rosa

  1. says:

    Eco's writing is so infectious lively and likeable that I thought it appropriate to pen my review in his style1 In which I as reader

  2. says:

    Go ahead throw your tomatoes at meI know that in general this book is loved Many count it amongst their favorites I found it very dull and very boring I had an extremely hard time staying interested in the story which is weird for me and mysterysuspense stories Never have I fought so hard to finish a book in general I do not DNFSo if you couldn't stand it either let me know that I am not aloneFor those that loved it and are ready

  3. says:

    A 84% | Very Good Notes A medieval Sherlock Holmes manages sectarian politics and investigates serial murders in

  4. says:

    This was one of the biggest novels in the 80s I remember the book very well A crime story set in a monastery with much Latin and Greek and some dubious monks trying to solve some murder cases The denouement was bri

  5. says:

    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 no

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    Are all the libraries receptacles of knowledge? Are all the books vehicles of wisdom? Are all the librarians propagators of good?

  7. says:

    293 from 1001 Il Nome Della Rosa The Name of the Rose Umberto EcoThe Name of the Rose is the 1980 debut novel by Italian author Umberto Eco It

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    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 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 Age

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    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegallyThe CCLaP 100 In which I read a

  10. says:

    If I had to spend a year on a desert island and was only allowed to take one book this would be it At the time of its publication one reviewer described `The Name of the Rose' as a book about everything At first glance it may seem to be a book largely about obscure Fourteenth Century religious controversies heresies and sects with a murder mystery mixed in But this is a book that rewards repeat readings I've ju

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